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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Prairie State College tuition is $3,372 per year for in-district residents. This is 14% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 33% cheaper than the average Illinois in-district tuition of $4,997 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th in Illinois amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 40th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $732 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,162.

Housing Costs

Prairie State College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Chicago Heights area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,516.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,500.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,204 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Prairie State College is $20,324 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $25,382. Out-of-state students who don't possess Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $27,068. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $17,866.

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

Costs and Tuition for Prairie State College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,324
   In-District Tuition$3,372
   Other Fees$732
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,204
   Books and Supplies$2,500
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,516
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$12,808
   In-District Tuition$3,372
   Other Fees$732
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,204
   Books and Supplies$2,500
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$25,382
   In-State Tuition$8,430
   Other Fees$732
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,516
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,204
   Books and Supplies$2,500
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$17,866
   In-State Tuition$8,430
   Other Fees$732
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,204
   Books and Supplies$2,500

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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 $25,382 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 Prairie State College net price for in-state students is $7,553* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Prairie State College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,510. 54 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 $4,676. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Prairie State College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Prairie State College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,553*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,510
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants54%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,676

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$7,097
$30,001 to $48,000$7,658
$48,001 to $75,000$11,048
$75,001 to $110,000$12,579
$110,000+$12,912

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,382 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,382. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

29%
27%
44%

Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $5,510

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $5,146

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

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $8,522

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. Prairie State College
South Suburban College21.6% more expensive
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College3.6% less expensive
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College3.6% less expensive
Moraine Valley Community College4.6% more expensive
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest61.6% less 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 Prairie State College.

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 Prairie State College is $50,764 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 $4,004 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $8,008**

**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 Prairie State College.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,215
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,691
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,058
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,534

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 Prairie State College 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 Prairie State College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$158
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$474
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$358
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,074
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$424
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,272
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,696

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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. 19% of Prairie State College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,146.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Prairie State College? 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 $8,008, 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 $9,936.09. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Prairie State College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,004. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Prairie State College 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.

Prairie State College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$82.80
Amount Borrowed$8,008.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,928.09
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$9,936.09

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Prairie State College? 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 Prairie State College, 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 $9,936.09 would be needed to afford a $82.80 monthly payment in the example $8,008.00 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 Prairie State College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,240 to $8,430. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7%. 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 $50,764.00. 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 Prairie State College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$33,204$66,409
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$42,378$84,756
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $54,087$108,173
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $62,612$125,224

Tuition History

What was tuition at Prairie State College 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$6,192$7,944 6.2%
2011$5,832$7,944 -2.7%
2010$5,996$8,108 2%
2009$5,876$7,988 0%
2008$5,876$7,988 2.4%
2007$5,736$7,848 8.6%
2006$5,280$7,200 0%
2005$5,280$7,200 10%
2004$4,800$7,200 0%
2003$4,800$7,200 0%
2002$4,800$4,968 19%
1999$4,032$4,872 0%
1998$4,032$4,872 16.7%
1997$3,456$4,248 15.2%
1996$3,000$3,720 0%
1995$3,000$3,720 12.6%
1994$2,664$3,528 0%
1993$2,664$3,528 0.9%
1992$2,640$3,504 10%
1991$2,400$3,552 0%
1990$2,400$3,552 0%
1989$2,400$3,552 -10.7%
1988$2,688$3,952

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Prairie State College 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 194 22% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 46 34% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 38 25% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 32 38% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 11 52% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 7 40% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 6 47% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 6 28% costlier
Graphic Communications, General Associate's Degree 4 53% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 3 54% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 48% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 1 37% costlier
Commercial Photography Associate's Degree 1 48% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Prairie State College or model a student loan.

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Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a Prairie State College student loan.

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About Prairie State College

Prairie State College is a two year community college located in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 1,550 and part time is 2,934.  Prairie State College 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 Prairie State College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, Illinois
60411-8226

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Prairie State College 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.

Prairie State College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148007 IPEDS survey data.