Through the chargeback program and cooperative agreements, Illinois community colleges work together to provide students with the most affordable education possible.
If you are a resident of KCC district 520 who wants to pursue a certificate or occupational degree not available at KCC may apply for a chargeback if he/she plans to attend another public community college in Illinois which offers that program given that KCC does not have a cooperative agreement for the program with another college. If, however, the program has selective admissions with no openings at the cooperative institution(s), residents may still be eligible for a chargeback.
Chargebacks are available only for occupational programs resulting in a degree or certificate and not for individual courses. Remedial and general education courses must be taken at KCC, unless KCC does not have an equivalent course or the description for a course in the student's major specifies concurrent enrollment as a prerequisite.
Applicants should file a chargeback request with KCC at least 30 days before the beginning of the semester. If the application is approved, the student is entitled to support for the out-of-district tuition for major courses in his/her program as well as any orientation courses required by the college the student is attending. Repeated courses are not funded by chargebacks.
Residents may file a request with KCC for a cooperative agreement if they plan to enroll in a program not offered at KCC. If KCC offers the same or asimilar program, students must enroll at KCC or pay the out-of-district tuition at the receiving institution. Contact Office of Admissions and Registration at 815-802-8527 for more information on chargebacks or cooperative programs. Non-residents should petition their local community college for assistance with KCC programs.
Cooperative programs are offered as an option for KCC district residents to attend other community colleges without paying an out-of-district tuition rate
Cooperative programs are offered through two types of partnerships. The first is a comprehensive agreement where district residents can enroll in any program not offered at KCC at the cooperating college without paying an out-of-district rate. The second type of agreement includes only specified programs at the cooperating community colleges.
Degrees of certificates for all cooperative programs are awarded by the cooperative community college. Contact the Department of Student Services at KCC, 815-802-8500, for information regarding these agreements and before enrolling at the cooperating college.
KCC students can enroll in any program at these colleges at the in-district rate if the program is not offered at KCC:
- Black Hawk College
- Carl Sandburg College
- Danville Community College
- Elgin Community College
- Heartland Community College
- Highland Community College
- Illinois Central College
- Illinois Valley Community College
- John Wood Community College
- Joliet Junior College
- Kaskaskia College
- Kishwaukee College
- Lake Land College
- Lewis and Clark Community College
- Lincoln Land Community College
- McHenry Community College
- Moraine Valley Community College
- Morton College
- Prairie State College
- Rend Lake College
- Richland Community College
- Rock Valley College
- Sauk Valley Community College
- Southwestern Illinois College
- South Suburban College
- Spoon River College
- Waubonsee Community College
College of Lake County (Grayslake):
KCC students can enroll in specific programs (listed below) at College of Lake County at the in-district rate.
Applied Lasers - Certificate
Biophotonics - Certificate
Health and Wellness Promotion - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Laser/Photonics/Optics - Certificate
Personal Training - Certificate
Surgical Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate
Wellness Coaching - Certificate
Parkland College (Champaign):
KCC students can enroll in specific programs (listed below) at Parkland College at the in-district rate.
Agricultural Business: Applied Agtonomy - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Agricultural Business: Equine Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Agricultural Business: Grain Merchandising and Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Agricultural Business: Precision Agriculture Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Agricultural Business: Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hospitality Industry: Hotel/Motel Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hospitality Industry: Resort and Casino Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hospitality Industry: Restaurant Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Mass Communication: Audio/Video Communication - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Mass Communication: Audio/Video Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Occupational Therapy Assistant - Associate in Applied Science Degree
Radiologic Technology: Computed Tomography - Certificate
Radiologic Technology: Magnet Resonance Imaging - Certificate