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Fall 2014 Information for Counselors and Community Organizations

Getting Started: Frequently Asked Questions

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When should students apply?

As early as possible! Though CLC's enrollment has grown significantly in recent years, we keep our average class size to just 18 students. That means classes can fill up fast, apply as early as possible.

What does CLC mean by "academic proficiency"?

Although CLC has open admissions, students are placed in courses based on their level of academic preparation. Students who wish to take college-level courses need to demonstrate their English Language Skills and/or Basic Algebra Readiness (math), depending on the courses they wish to take.

Why is geometry a prerequisite for college math?

College-level math courses have required geometry as a prerequisite (with a grade C or better) since the Illinois Articulation Agreement was developed in 1994-1995, and Illinois community colleges began checking that the prerequisite is being met in 2000.

Students can demonstrate they meet the geometry requirement by reviewing the math requirements in the CLC Math brochure (PDF).

Financial Aid Basics

How do students apply?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you plan to be an entering freshman in the Fall 2014 Semester, apply as early as possible, after Jan. 1, 2014, when new guidelines for federal aid are issued.

What if we don't have a computer at home?

Students can submit a FAFSA using a computer in CLC's Financial Aid office (Room B114 on the Grayslake campus).

What documents are needed to complete the FAFSA?

Dependent students will need their parents' current tax year forms, W-2s and recent bank statements as well as their own.

What kinds of financial aid does CLC offer?

CLC participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study programs as well as Federal Veterans Educational Benefits and the Federal Direct Loan program. The college also participates in Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) programs, including the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

Do I need to fill out a FAFSA for CLC Foundation Scholarships?

Students who wish to apply for a CLC Foundation Scholarship must apply for the FAFSA and meet all other scholarship eligibility requirements. To apply, read and follow the scholarship guidelines located in the  Paying for College booklet (PDF), or contact the Financial Aid office.

Where can I get answers to Financial Aid questions?

Call or visit CLC’s Financial Aid office in Room B114 on the Grayslake campus. Limited office hours are also available in the Student Services Center at the Lakeshore campus. For telephone assistance, call (847) 543-2062. More information is on our Financial Aid web page and in the Paying for College booklet (PDF).

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Learning Spotlight: Options to Consider

Programs to Recommend

Personal Development Courses. CLC counselors offer courses that can help you become a better student, empower yourself to achieve more or explore your career options. Each of these options offers college credit and can be applied to the electives requirement for transfer degrees.

Honors Program. Full and part-time students are eligible to apply to the Honors program. To be eligible, students must have a high school or college GPA of 3.5 or above and an ACT composite score of 25 or above. Students accepted into the program are eligible for CLCFoundation-funded scholarships for their honors courses. For information, contact Dr. Nicholas Schevera at or (847) 543-2959.

Study Abroad. CLC offers many study abroad opportunities through field study courses. Opportunities in the 2014-2015 academic year include the Central Europe Japan. The college also offers a semester abroad program in China. More information is available from the Center for International Education. Contact Beth Tinkham, manager of the Center for International Education, at

Access to Programs Not Offered at CLC. Although CLC offers more than a hundred academic program options, occasionally students wish to pursue a program not offered at the college. They can do this at another community college, paying in-district tuition and fees through our Joint Agreement program. Refer to the College Catalog for more information.

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