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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees at CLC are much lower than those at private schools or public four-year colleges because a portion of the college budget is supported by funds from local taxpayers and the State of Illinois.

Tuition and fees are subject to change through action by the CLC Board of Trustees or by the calculation of out-of-district fees in accordance with the state formula. Below are the current tuition and fees.

  • In-district

  • Out-of-district

  • Out-of-State and International Resident

  • Fees

Special Circumstances

Are You 60 Years Old or Older?

Senior Citizen Tuition Discount

All in-district residents who are 60 years of age or older at the time of registration may enroll in credit courses offered by the college at one-half the regular tuition rate with all other fees remaining unchanged. Vocational credit courses (PCS Code 1.6 vocational credit) offered by Professional Development also qualify for the one-half tuition discount with all other fees remaining unchanged. The senior citizen waiver does not apply to Personal Enrichment classes.

This discount will be applied to your account automatically if you were 60 years of age or older at the time you applied to the College of Lake County. If you turn age 60 while you are a student at CLC, the discount will begin the first term after your birthday.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Residents who are 65 and older at the time of registration and who qualify financially according to Illinois statute, may enroll in credit courses offered by the college without paying tuition or comprehensive fees. Additional course fees will not be waived.

Download the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Application (PDF).

Applications for the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver are also available in the Financial Aid Office.

For both senior citizen tuition programs, credit classes with a PCS Code of 1.1, 1.2 or 1.4 are eligible for the discount. You can find the PCS Code on the “Enrollment Information” tab of the class detail in myStudentCenter or in the “Enrollment Information” section of the “Course Detail” page of the course catalog in myStudentCenter.

Business Educational Service Agreement

Students who live outside of the College of Lake County's district and are currently employed 35 or more hours a week in Lake County can enroll at CLC under the Business Educational Service Agreement and pay the current in-district tuition rate including prevailing comprehensive fee regardless of their place of residence. For more information, contact Registrar and Records.

In-District Military Personnel Tuition

Military personnel who are citizens of the United States and who are on extended active duty in one of the uniformed services of the U.S. and who are stationed and present in Community College District #532 in connection with that service, will receive the current in-district tuition rate including the prevailing activity fee by displaying a valid U.S. uniformed services identification card. Spouses and children of such military personnel are also eligible for the in-district tuition rate.


Students are permitted to “audit” classes—attend without completing assignments or taking exams. Students must declare their intent to audit at registration. Audited classes will not serve as prerequisites for subsequent classes. Tuition and fees are the same as for credit classes. The last day to change from credit to audit or audit to credit is the same as the last day to receive 100 percent refund. (See Refund Schedule.)

To Enroll in Programs Not Offered by CLC

If you wish to enroll in a program that CLC does not offer, you may be able to pursue the program at another community college at the in-district tuition charged by that institution. Likewise, students in other districts may be able to enroll in programs at CLC, paying in-district tuition, if their local community college does not offer the program. For more information, contact the Welcome and One Stop Center.

Arrangements to receive the lower in-district rate must be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the term in which the student wishes to enroll.


A commencement fee, which includes the cap and gown, is assessed each student who participates in  commencement exercises. The college issues the diploma free of charge and it is mailed approximately one month after completion of degree or certificate requirements.

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