Illinois Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend community college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in Illinois was $9,435 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $309 from the 2015-2016 average of $9,126 and represents a 3.39% annual increase. The list of Illinois community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 48 community colleges and universities in Illinois, the most popular being College of DuPage with 7,857 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,704. Southwestern Illinois College is the most expensive community school in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $11,970.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Illinois colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Illinois or cheap Illinois colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore Illinois Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Black Hawk College
Moline, 1,625 Students
$7,500 - -
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, 832 Students
$6,944 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
Chicago, 4,610 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College
Chicago, 2,064 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College
Chicago, 1,267 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College
Chicago, 2,839 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College
Chicago, 874 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College
Chicago, 2,761 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, 3,638 Students
$9,216 - -
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, 7,857 Students
$8,704 - -
College of Lake County
Grayslake, 4,164 Students
$8,596 - -
Danville Area Community College
Danville, 966 Students
$7,500 - -
Elgin Community College
Elgin, 3,055 Students
$10,728 - -
Harper College
Palatine, 4,606 Students
$9,282 - -
Heartland Community College
Normal, 1,884 Students
$8,520 - -
Highland Community College
Freeport, 822 Students
$5,736 - -
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, 3,009 Students
$9,600 - -
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community Coll
Fairfield, 270 Students
$8,589 - -
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Lincoln Trail College
Robinson, 394 Students
$8,589 - -
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Olney Central College
Olney, 560 Students
$8,589 - -