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Transform Lake County
Learn a Career — Tuition-Free


What is Transform Lake County?

Transform Lake County is a program that provides full-tuition grants in short-term programs. Additional scholarships are available to cover costs such as transportation, textbooks childcare and more. The goal is to create more equity in the Lake County workforce by offering an education with no cost to the student.

Through the leadership of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, this grant is funded by the State of Illinois through the Illinois Community College Board.

How Can I Benefit?

Spend less time in the classroom and get into the workforce faster with an in-demand career.

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a working adult, you may be eligible to earn a career certificate in less than a year — with tuition and nearly all of your expenses paid.

Grant funds will cover:

  • all tuition and fees
  • course materials
  • textbooks
  • industry exam fees

There are also grants available to assist with living expenses such as childcare, housing and transportation.

Additional services provided to eligible students include tutoring and job placement assistance.

Earn a certificate in one of nine programs at the Lakeshore Campus (Waukegan):

  • *Available at Grayslake campus only.
  • ^Enrollment full for Spring, but many other options for aid, scholarships and enrollment are available for this program.

Who Is Eligible?

Nearly 200 residents of Lake County, Illinois with a specific emphasis on residents of North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the Transform Lake County interest form. You will then be partnered with a college representative to discuss your educational goals and assist you through the application process.

For more information on the grant, contact Gabe Nye at gnye@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2115.



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