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.
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.
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).
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.
Students can submit a FAFSA using a computer in CLC's Financial Aid office (Room B114 on the Grayslake campus).
Dependent students will need their parents' current tax year forms, W-2s and recent bank statements as well as their own.
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).
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
Visit the campus and learn more about CLC's programs and services.
The Center for International Education can assist prospective international students in studying at CLC after completing a high school program at their school.
Do you have a student with a physical or learning disability? Check out CLC's Office for Students with Disabilities.
CLC accepts most home-schooled credentials and fosters a smooth transition from home-based learning to college classroom.
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“As a CLC student preparing to transfer to a four-year school, I learned to seek help regularly from my counselor. I had someone who cared about me and I trusted. I’ll always be grateful to her.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”