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Ways to pay for your education

Here, you will find information about the various ways you can pay your tuition for college credit classes. Once you register for classes, you have three days to verify how you plan to pay for your tuition. Learn more below.         
Financial Aid       
We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA or Alternative Application as early as possible to determine whether you qualify for federal and state financial aid. Check out our step-by-step guide on applying for financial aid or get in-person help at any CCC Financial Aid Office.                   

Set Up a Payment Plan          
City Colleges offers a monthly payment plan to help you spread out your tuition payments instead of paying all at once. Signing up for the payment plan requires a credit card or a checking account.                  
To set up a payment plan:                                                                                  
  • Log in to with your CCC username and password                       
  • Click on Student Finance Account > Account Services > Enroll in Payment Plan              
Pay Your Tuition in Full                                                                                   
Paying your tuition online requires a credit card or a checking account.         

To pay your tuition in full:                                                                                       
  • Log in to with your CCC username and password                       
  • Click on Student Finance Account > Account Services > Make a Payment      
Note: If you're having trouble with your online payment, please check your browser. Microsoft Edge may give you an error message. Chrome is the preferred browser to use when making tuition payments.             
In Person         
To pay your tuition in person, please visit your college’s Business Office.                    
Scholarships from the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation can offer extra money to help you pay for college. Visit to learn more and apply.        
Other Funding Opportunities       
Eligible students can enroll in short-term programs at no cost or apply for other funding opportunities based on your high school, career path, and more. Visit to learn more.        
Veterans Benefits       
If you are a service member, veteran, or the a dependent of a veteran, we encourage you to connect with the Veterans Services Center​ at your college to learn more about your payment options.         

Federal Direct Student Loans      
You can request Federal Direct Loans in person by visiting your college’s Financial Aid Office.       
Employer Tuition Reimbursement      
Many companies offer tuition assistance to their employees. Check with your employer's benefits department.                                                                         
Tuition Waivers      
Some CCC students qualify for tuition waivers.                                                              
Undocumented Students                                                   
Review our Undocumented Student Resources page for information specific to your situation.                                                                            

Tuition Payment Deadline      
Remember, you have three (3) days, beginning the day after you register for classes, to verify how you plan to pay for your classes. For example, if you register for the upcoming semester on a Monday, you must arrange your tuition payments by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.       
Students who do not meet this deadline will lose their spot in all registered classes. You will then have to re-register for all of your classes, if they are still open.        
In addition, if you have received a financial aid verification hold, you can request a 10-day enrollment hold. This will allow you to hold your registered classes for up to 10 days while you gather final financial aid requirements. Keep in mind that you can only make this request once per semester. Also, please allow up to 48 hours after your materials have been submitted for your financial aid to process and your hold to be released.      

You can learn more in the tuition payment deadline FAQ. If you still have questions, call 773-COLLEGE.                                                             
Where to find your payment deadline:         
You can find your tuition payment arrangement deadline by logging into the student portal at       
Once logged in, you will see a notification in the Alerts/Tasks/Holds section:          


Clicking on the words "Payment Deadline Reminder" will take you to the page shown below, where you will see your payment deadline:       



If you have received a 10-day financial aid extension due to a financial aid verification hold, your reminder will look similar to the image below:                                  ​      





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