Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fee Charges per Credit Hour On-Campus Online
In District 505 Tier 1 $178.50 $178.50
In District 505 Tier 2 class prefix: AFM, CNH, DHG, LPN, NUR, OTA, RTT, SUR, VTT, XRA , AVI, ALV (Except for AVI 111, AVI 112, and AVI 113) $257.75 $257.75  
     Illinois Residents $401.75 $257.75
     Out-of-State/International* $552.75 $314.75

Note: Additional course fees are charged for most courses to help defray costs of supplies, equipment, maintenance, and unusual expenses associated with the course. The fee is indicated for each course in the Parkland College Class Schedule.


Payment Information

  • Tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. If tuition and fees are not paid by published deadlines, cancellation of classes will occur unless other payment arrangements have been made. Students may elect to pay their account balance with financial aid or through Parkland’s Payment Plan and/or other outside agencies. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for these financial resources and to be aware of any effect such arrangement may have on the student’s account balance.
  • Students receiving, or anticipating receipt of, tuition assistance from agencies outside of Parkland College or from out-of-district authorizations must have their written authorizations from the agency on file at the Business Office prior to registration or must have the written authorization in hand when they come to register. Care should be taken to ensure that authorizations for tuition assistance are renewed through the agency at the end of each expiration period. Students failing to accomplish this will be required to pay their own tuition and fees to register.
  • Service fees. A service fee is applied when a debit/credit card is used to pay tuition, fees, and other charges. In addition, a service charge is assessed for all checks returned by the bank for nonsufficient funds. Failure to pay nonsufficient funds checks could result in students being administratively withdrawn from their classes.
  • If our records show that a student owes money to the college, college policy prohibits the release of grades, academic records, and processing of graduation for that student. In addition, students will be denied permission to register for classes. A student who owes money to the college should contact the Cashier (U250; 217/351- 2233 or 217/351-2420) for more information.

Tuition for Student Veterans

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty at public institutions of higher learning if the schools charge qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate for resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015. Parkland has agreed that all students using veterans’ benefits be considered in-district.

Tuition for Senior Citizens

Residents of District 505 who are 65 years of age or older may enroll in classes (excluding workshops and noncredit classes) by paying a semester registration fee of $5 in addition to any course fee required. Details of the program may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records.

High School Equivalency Classes 

Classes taken in preparation for the State of Illinois High School Diploma or GED test are free.

Course Repeat Fee

Illinois community colleges receive state apportionment support for each student who is in certified attendance at midterm in a course plus one repeat enrollment under certain conditions. However, when a student exceeds the limit of Illinois Community College Board-approved repeat enrollments in a course, the student will be assessed a course repeat fee equal to the state apportionment for the course, rounded to the nearest dollar.

  • Non-repeatable Courses
    If a student earns an A, B, or C in a course identified as non-repeatable and wishes to repeat the given course, the student will be assessed a course repeat fee in addition to the tuition and course fees.
    For a grade of D, F, or W (any grade other than A, B, or C) in first enrollment, the student is not assessed a course repeat fee for the first repeat, but is assessed the course repeat fee for the second or any subsequent repeat of the course.
  • Repeatable Courses
    The student will be charged a course repeat fee in addition to the tuition and course fees as soon as the repeat-enrollment limit has been exceeded for the given course. Exceptions may be recommended by a department chair or the director of counseling services.

Additional Charge for Nonresident Students*

Illinois students who are not residents of District 505 and are admitted into a Parkland College career program may be eligible to pay in-district tuition and fees under the Career Agreement among participating Illinois community colleges. Please contact or call 217/351-2482 for more information.

General Information

Parkland College is a public institution supported by both district and state tax funds. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Parkland College Board of Trustees.

Cost of Attendance

Our tuition costs are less than half of what you’d pay at a public university and a fraction of the cost of a private college.

Below is Parkland’s estimated budget used to calculate cost of attendance. This is based on full-time, in-district and out-of-district students for the fall and spring semesters.




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Your actual cost of attendance will vary based on your enrollment level, program of study (i.e. High-cost career programs/Tier 2 courses), cost of attaining a license/certification or first professional credential, living arrangements, transportation costs, and lifestyle. This information is provided to help you estimate cost so you can plan ahead and determine how much money you may need to attend Parkland College.

*Cost of Attendance is also used to calculate a student’s financial need, as it sets a limit on the total aid that a student may receive.