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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

    Kishwaukee College

    Malta, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $9,600
    Years Accredited
    40 (1974)
    Student Population
    7,696
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Knowledge Systems Institute

    Skokie, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    23 (1991)
    Student Population
    199
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

    Lake Forest, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    36 (1978)
    Student Population
    902
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Masters
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Lake Land College

    Mattoon, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,444
    Years Accredited
    41 (1973)
    Student Population
    24,330
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,624
    Years Accredited
    43 (1971)
    Student Population
    11,941
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Lewis University

    Romeoville, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $25,770
    Years Accredited
    51 (1963)
    Student Population
    7,993
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Lincoln Christian University

    Lincoln, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $15,300
    Years Accredited
    60 (1954)
    Student Population
    1,195
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Lincoln College

    Lincoln, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $17,500
    Years Accredited
    85 (1929)
    Student Population
    1,395
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Lincoln Land Community College

    Springfield, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,872
    Years Accredited
    41 (1973)
    Student Population
    14,177
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Loyola University Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $34,578
    Years Accredited
    167 (1847)
    Student Population
    18,273
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    69 (1945)
    Student Population
    289
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  13. School Name

    McCormick Theological Seminary

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    76 (1938)
    Student Population
    245
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    McHenry County College

    Crystal Lake, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,309
    Years Accredited
    38 (1976)
    Student Population
    11,113
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  15. School Name

    McKendree University

    Lebanon, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $25,340
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    3,979
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Methodist College

    Peoria, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $16,448
    Years Accredited
    6 (2008)
    Student Population
    661
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Bachelors
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Midstate College

    Peoria, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $15,225
    Years Accredited
    32 (1982)
    Student Population
    867
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Midwestern Career College

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    ()
    Student Population
    251
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Millikin University

    Decatur, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $28,612
    Years Accredited
    100 (1914)
    Student Population
    2,624
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Moody Bible Institute

    Chicago, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,954
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    4,517
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Moraine Valley Community College

    Palos Hills, IL
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,256
    Years Accredited
    39 (1975)
    Student Population
    33,209
    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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