Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

College of Lake County tuition is $3,220 per year for in-district residents. This is 9% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 35% cheaper than the average Illinois in-district tuition of $5,134 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 16th in Illinois amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 41st most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $644 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,960.

Housing Costs

College of Lake County doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Grayslake area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $5,320.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,260.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,472 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to College of Lake County is $13,916 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $19,012. Out-of-state students who don't possess Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $21,924. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $13,692.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for College of Lake County and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for College of Lake County
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$13,916
   In-District Tuition$3,220
   Other Fees$644
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,472
   Books and Supplies$1,260
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$5,320
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,596
   In-District Tuition$3,220
   Other Fees$644
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,472
   Books and Supplies$1,260
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,012
   In-State Tuition$8,316
   Other Fees$644
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$5,320
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,472
   Books and Supplies$1,260
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$13,692
   In-State Tuition$8,316
   Other Fees$644
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,472
   Books and Supplies$1,260


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $19,012 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported College of Lake County net price for in-state students is $4,615* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

44% of College of Lake County students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,261. 38 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,098. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of Lake County, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for College of Lake County
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,615*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid44%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,261
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,098

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$3,710
$30,001 to $48,000$4,326
$48,001 to $75,000$6,447
$75,001 to $110,000$8,542

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,012 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,012. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,261

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, College of Lake County or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 23% - $3,635

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $7,644

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. College of Lake County
McHenry County College36.3% more expensive
Harper College10.2% more expensive
Gateway Technical College52.3% less expensive
Oakton Community College23.6% more expensive
Elgin Community College25.5% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at College of Lake County.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at College of Lake County is $38,024 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $4,668 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $9,336**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at College of Lake County.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,158
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,506
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,614
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,962

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at College of Lake County are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at College of Lake County
Price per credit hour for in district residents$93
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$279
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$233
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$699
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$314
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$942
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,256


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 9% of College of Lake County students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,635.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for College of Lake County? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $9,336, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $11,583.84. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of Lake County. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 44% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,668. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of Lake County student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

College of Lake County Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$96.53
Amount Borrowed$9,336.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,247.84
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$11,583.84

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend College of Lake County? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending College of Lake County, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $11,583.84 would be needed to afford a $96.53 monthly payment in the example $9,336.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to College of Lake County in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,720 to $8,316. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.8%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $38,024.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for College of Lake County.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,871$49,743
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$31,743$63,486
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $40,513$81,025
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $46,899$93,797

Tuition History

What was tuition at College of Lake County five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$6,524$8,792 1.3%
2011$6,440$8,680 4.5%
2010$6,160$8,148 -6.7%
2009$6,600$8,730 2.3%
2008$6,450$8,580 4.9%
2007$6,150$8,280 5.1%
2006$5,849$7,979 3.2%
2005$5,669$7,799 3.3%
2004$5,490$7,620 0.5%
2003$5,460$7,590 0%
2002$5,460$7,590 -29.7%
2001$7,770$10,020 6.5%
2000$7,296$9,728 5.5%
1999$6,914$9,173 16.5%
1998$5,937$8,149 1.7%
1997$5,836$7,800 -1.8%
1996$5,940$7,397 10.3%
1995$5,387$6,701 5.4%
1994$5,112$6,387 19.5%
1993$4,278$5,641 10.6%
1992$3,869$5,173 -0.2%
1991$3,875$5,264 -5%
1990$4,078$4,921 19.1%
1989$3,424$4,854 16.8%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at College of Lake County to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 617 1% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 98 1% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 93 9% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 22 12% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 21 17% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 21 20% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 20 8% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 19 13% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 18 13% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 17 19% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 25% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 12 17% costlier
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager Associate's Degree 11 29% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 11 21% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Associate's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 10 18% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 15% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 9 16% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 8 23% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 7 16% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 12% costlier
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Associate's Degree 6 14% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 5 13% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 5 8% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Associate's Degree 4 12% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 4 14% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 4 13% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 4 11% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 14% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 3 18% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 2 8% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 19% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 2 24% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 2 9% costlier
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management Associate's Degree 2 12% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Associate's Degree 2 10% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 12% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 1 22% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Associate's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier
Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a two year community college located in Grayslake, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 4,324 and part time is 10,444.  College of Lake County has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about College of Lake County at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

College of Lake County
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

College of Lake County is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

College of Lake County cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=146472 IPEDS survey data.