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144 Schools in Illinois Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Adler School of Professional Psychology

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    36 (1978)
    Student Population
    1,116
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    American InterContinental University-Online

    Schaumburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,043
    Years Accredited
    5 (2009)
    Student Population
    31,331
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Argosy University-Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    1,921
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Argosy University-Schaumburg

    Schaumburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    894
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Aurora University

    Aurora, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,100
    Years Accredited
    76 (1938)
    Student Population
    7,592
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Benedictine University

    Lisle, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,137
    Years Accredited
    56 (1958)
    Student Population
    9,517
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Black Hawk College

    Moline, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,495
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    12,232
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Blessing Rieman College of Nursing

    Quincy, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    20 (1994)
    Student Population
    309
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Bradley University

    Peoria, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $28,284
    Years Accredited
    101 (1913)
    Student Population
    5,978
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Carl Sandburg College

    Galesburg, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,398
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    4,370
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Catholic Theological Union at Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    487
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois

    Addison, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $16,960
    Years Accredited
    5 (2008)
    Student Population
    3,632
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Chicago State University

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,558
    Years Accredited
    73 (1941)
    Student Population
    8,194
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Chicago Theological Seminary

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    76 (1938)
    Student Population
    254
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Christian Life College

    Mount Prospect, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,590
    Years Accredited
    12 (2002)
    Student Population
    54
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  17. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    17,602
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  18. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    20,616
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  19. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    11,009
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  20. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    12,271
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  21. School Name

    City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,961
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    7,967
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
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College Costs

The average increase in the cost of higher education in Illinois was 27% over the past 5 years. Except for a recent bill intended to reduce the cost of textbooks by making them downloadable, open-source documents, little is being done to reduce the cost for Illinois citizens desiring a college degree. The focus is to keep future cost increases in line with increases elsewhere.

College Enrollment

College enrollment in Illinois has grown at one third the national average for each of the last 10 years, and it appears it is a trend that is here to stay. A recent report issued by the credit rating agency Moody's indicates that a downward enrollment trend is occurring not only in Illinois, but across the Midwest, as high school graduation rates drop. Of course, fewer high school graduates means fewer college freshmen. The census bureau reports that the state's population grew at less than one half of one percent in the last two years, leaving behind an aging population

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • College Illinois: This state administered 529 college savings plan is available in two formats: prepaid tuition or 529 college savings plan. The prepaid enables participants to purchase future semesters of college at lower rates than what they are projected to be in the future. The traditional 529 allows participants to save money on a tax-deferred basis to help offset future college expenses.
    • Bright Start: This 529 savings plan is administered by the Illinois State Treasurer in partnership with Oppenheimer Funds. Accounts are started with investments of as little as $25. There a variety of programs and options available based on individual needs and goals.
    • Bright Directions: This independent 529 college savings plan allows contributions of up to $10,000 per Illinois taxpayer, and $20,000 for those filing joint returns. Funds from other 529 plans may be rolled into Bright Directions.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • The Associated Colleges of Illinois: Since its inception in 1952, ACI has endeavored to support smaller private colleges throughout the state. The fund has raised and distributed in excess of $70 million to member institutions to assist in funding a variety of initiatives and scholarships.
    • College & Career Readiness Institute: The purpose of the institute is to foster local innovations and initiatives with the intention of affecting remedial, developmental and academic reform.
    • Alliance for College Readiness: Established in 1949 to aid the school districts located within Community College District 509, in order to prepare students for the college experience.
  4. Higher Education News

Higher Education in Illinois

Illinois Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 62% Illinois
      Graduation Rate
    • 20.9 ACT Illinois
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Illinois

  • IL US
    Public 2-Year
  • IL US
    Public 4-Year
  • IL US
    Private 4-year

Illinois Institutions

  • IL US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • IL US
    Public
    Institutions
  • IL US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • IL US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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