Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Richland Community College tuition is $3,990 per year for in-district residents. This is 35% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 20% cheaper than the average Illinois in-district tuition of $4,997 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 37th in Illinois amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 20th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $360 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,000.

Housing Costs

Richland Community 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 Decatur area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,550.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,320.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $2,150 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Richland Community College is $16,370 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $18,020. Out-of-state students who don't possess Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $26,450. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $9,370.

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

Costs and Tuition for Richland Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$16,370
   In-District Tuition$3,990
   Other Fees$360
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,150
   Books and Supplies$1,320
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,550
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,720
   In-District Tuition$3,990
   Other Fees$360
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,050
   Books and Supplies$1,320
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$18,020
   In-State Tuition$5,640
   Other Fees$360
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,550
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,150
   Books and Supplies$1,320
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,370
   In-State Tuition$5,640
   Other Fees$360
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,050
   Books and Supplies$1,320


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 $18,020 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 Richland Community College net price for in-state students is $5,157* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

76% of Richland Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,985. 52 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 $3,869. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Richland Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Richland Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,157*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid76%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,985
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants52%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,869

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$5,053
$30,001 to $48,000$5,385
$48,001 to $75,000$5,882
$75,001 to $110,000$9,527

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,020 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,020. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $3,985

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $3,226

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

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $8,659

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. Richland Community College
Parkland College85.9% more expensive
Lincoln Land Community College3% more expensive
Lake Land College22.3% more expensive
Heartland Community College45.7% more expensive
Illinois Central College62.2% 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 Richland Community 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 Richland Community College is $36,040 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 $5,620 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,240**

**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 Richland Community College.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,820
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,010
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,035
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,225

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 Richland Community 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 Richland Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$133
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$399
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$188
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$564
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$469
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,407
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,876


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. 15% of Richland Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,226.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Richland Community 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 $11,240, 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 $13,946.26. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Richland Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 76% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,620. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Richland Community 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.

Richland Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$116.22
Amount Borrowed$11,240.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,706.26
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,946.26

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Richland Community 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 Richland Community 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 $13,946.26 would be needed to afford a $116.22 monthly payment in the example $11,240.00 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 Richland Community College in the future? 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 $36,040.00. 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 Richland Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$23,574$47,147
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$30,086$60,173
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $38,399$76,798
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $44,451$88,903

Tuition History

What was tuition at Richland Community 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$11,426$15,193 -10.5%
2011$12,763$13,283 8.6%
2010$11,751$12,856 5.3%
2009$11,164$12,693 4.4%
2008$10,697$11,795 80.2%
2007$5,936$10,377 -9.5%
2006$6,560$10,377 10.2%
2005$5,955$9,713 38.9%
2004$4,286$9,737 -17.9%
2003$5,220$9,120 4.6%
2002$4,990$8,590 16.7%
2001$4,275$7,185 0%
2000$4,275$7,185 0.7%
1999$4,245$7,005 -11.3%
1998$4,785$7,245 103.3%
1997$2,354$4,340 0%
1996$2,354$4,340 0%
1995$2,354$4,340 12%
1994$2,102$4,021 -22%
1993$2,695$4,430 -24.6%
1992$3,575$5,366 0%
1991$3,575$5,366 1%
1990$3,538$5,104 0%
1989$3,538$5,104 10.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Richland Community 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 188 19% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 150 22% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 45 31% costlier
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Associate's Degree 24 33% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 20 25% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 15 37% costlier
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 14 43% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 13 36% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 12 34% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 12 41% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 11 30% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 47% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 10 44% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 10 20% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 10 40% costlier
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree 8 28% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 8 40% costlier
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General Associate's Degree 6 50% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 5 42% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 51% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 4 36% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 4 31% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 4 41% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 3 19% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 3 49% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 3 36% costlier
Biomedical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 32% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 2 41% costlier
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 53% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 1 34% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 1 42% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 47% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 50% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 1 48% costlier
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree 1 40% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 45% costlier


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About Richland Community College

Richland Community College is a two year community college located in Decatur, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 900 and part time is 1,939.  Richland Community 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.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Richland Community College
One College Pk
Decatur, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Richland Community 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.

Richland Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148292 IPEDS survey data.