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City Colleges of Chicago Proposes Tuition Equity Adjustment to Make an Education More Accessible for Working Students and Families

4/2/2018 9:00 AM

CCC Board to consider new fairer, affordable tuition structure at April 5th meeting, in response to students, faculty, and community demand.    

Following months of recommendations and input from students, faculty, staff and community groups, the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Board of Trustees will consider this Thursday a proposal to institute a fair per-credit hour rate for part-time students, while maintaining the same competitive flat rate for full-time students. The proposed plan would ensure a City Colleges education remains affordable and accessible to all students, with the overwhelming majority of students actually saving money or paying the same amount. Less than 5 percent of current City Colleges students are expected to see an increase in tuition under this plan next fall. 

Supporters of the plan gathered at Paulo Freire Family Center, 1653 W. 43rd Street, in Chicago on Monday morning to discuss how to ensure all students are equipped with the information to take advantage of the potential savings.  

The proposed structure is a hybrid model, which combines a per credit rate for part-time students, and a flat-rate for full-time students.  Under the proposal, in-district students would pay a single per-credit rate of $146 for up to 12 credits.  There would be no additional cost for credits taken beyond 12 hours so that a full-time in-district student’s semester cost would be capped at $1,752 – one dollar less than today.  The new structure reduces the cost to take a single 3 credit class by 25 percent.  City Colleges would also remain the only community college system in the state that does not charge fees.      

“The proposed tuition plan recognizes that we have many working students who need to attend college part-time, and it treats them fairly, charging them for the credits they take, no more, no less,” said Chancellor Juan Salgado.  “At the same time, the plan continues to incentivize students to attend full-time and complete more quickly.”          

“I want to thank those who shared their feedback to help us develop this proposal that takes the best aspects of our current plan and builds on them to ensure City Colleges continues to offer an excellent education at an unbeatable value for all students,” continued Salgado.          

Mohammad Al-Quader, a part-time student at Malcolm X College, welcomes the possible change. “I’m taking six credits this semester, so my tuition would be almost $200 less under the new plan,” noted Al-Quader. “It shows CCC is listening to the concerns of part-time students, who are an important segment of CCC’s population.”  

Community organizations, including Metropolitan Family Services, Pilsen Neighbors, Partnership for College Completion, YearUp and Chicago Commons are among those groups that have expressed their support for the tuition proposal.    

“Many of the students we work with in early childhood are attending City Colleges to advance their education and career options while also balancing work and family responsibilities,” said Edgar Ramirez, CEO & President, Chicago Commons.  “We appreciate that City Colleges has listened to the concerns of part-time students and are making adjustments to their tuition structure to better support working families.”          

The CCC Board of Trustees will consider the tuition equity adjustment at its meeting Thursday, and if approved, the new rates will take effect in the summer term.           

​Registration for summer and fall classes begins April 11. For more information and to enroll, visit or call (773) C-O-L-L-E-G-E.      


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