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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

    Highland Community College

    Freeport, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,840
    Years Accredited
    41 (1973)
    Student Population
    3,628
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Illinois CareerPath Institute

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    ()
    Student Population
    66
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, less-than 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Illinois Central College

    East Peoria, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,050
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    18,720
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll

    Fairfield, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,361
    Years Accredited
    39 (1974)
    Student Population
    7,496
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College

    Robinson, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,361
    Years Accredited
    45 (1969)
    Student Population
    1,816
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College

    Olney, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,361
    Years Accredited
    50 (1963)
    Student Population
    2,561
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College

    Mount Carmel, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,361
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    19,684
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $37,969
    Years Accredited
    73 (1941)
    Student Population
    8,673
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Illinois State University

    Normal, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,726
    Years Accredited
    101 (1913)
    Student Population
    23,713
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Illinois Valley Community College

    Oglesby, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,698
    Years Accredited
    85 (1929)
    Student Population
    7,360
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Bloomington, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $37,954
    Years Accredited
    98 (1916)
    Student Population
    2,105
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Institute for Clinical Social Work

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    20 (1994)
    Student Population
    98
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    International Academy of Design and Technology-Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,400
    Years Accredited
    33 (1981)
    Student Population
    1,199
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  15. School Name

    John A Logan College

    Carterville, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,480
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    18,111
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  16. School Name

    John Wood Community College

    Quincy, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,290
    Years Accredited
    35 (1979)
    Student Population
    3,792
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Joliet Junior College

    Joliet, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,871
    Years Accredited
    97 (1917)
    Student Population
    31,902
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Judson University

    Elgin, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $27,000
    Years Accredited
    41 (1973)
    Student Population
    1,410
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Kankakee Community College

    Kankakee, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,050
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    10,096
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Kaskaskia College

    Centralia, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,112
    Years Accredited
    50 (1964)
    Student Population
    9,592
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Kendall College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,246
    Years Accredited
    52 (1962)
    Student Population
    3,044
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    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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