Highland has the lowest tuition in the tri-state region.

You will spend about $4,900 a year for tuition, fees and books when you start at Highland...or you can go somewhere else and pay at least $9,000 a year for tuition alone.

Attending Highland will save you several thousand dollars in college costs alone. And last year Highland also gave away over $300,000 dollars in scholarships, financial aid, and grants. We're making going to college even easier for our students.


In-District Students $129 per credit hour
Out-of-District Students $212 per credit hour
Out-of State Students $216 per credit hour
Senior Citizens age 61-64 $97 per credit hour
International Students To be determined
HCC courses online for In-District Students $129 per credit hour
HCC courses online for Out-of-District Students $212 per credit hour
ILLCO courses online $129 per credit hour
Employed in Highland district * Out-of-District/In District $129 per credit hour
* Applies to out-of-district and out-of-state students who work 35 hours a week or more in the Highland district. It also applies to athletes covered by a scholarship or enrolled in a cooperative agreement program not offered at their local community college.
Senior Citizen 65+ Tuition Waiver
All senior citizens rates are applied on a space available basis only. The student is responsible for all course fees. To qualify, the student must provide homestead exemption certification.
Registration fee

$15 per

Online course fee $15 per course
Technology fee $16 per credit hour
Activity fee $7 per credit hour
Graduation fee $30 per student
Proficiency fee $25 plus $25 per credit hour
Some courses and labs require a fee that varies according to the subject. varies
Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee $30
ACH return fee $20
Stop Payment fee $25
For details about how to pay your tuition and fees, visit: Online Bill Pay


Registration fee

This per semester fee is assessed upon initial registration for a course, or courses, bearing tuition. Students and residents registering exclusively for Community Education courses and other classes for which no tuition is assessed will not incur the registration fee.

Students who drop all classes prior to the end of the add/drop period will have the registration fee removed from their account, or refunded.

Tuition Refund Policy

Regular Semester
Students who "No-Record" drop classes anytime during the first ten days of the semester will receive a 100 percent tuition refund.

Regular Summer Session
Students who "No-Record" drop classes anytime during the first five days of the summer session will receive a 100 percent tuition refund.

Other Sessions
Students who enroll in courses that are less than eight weeks in length (this includes continuing education courses) will receive "No-Record" drops and refunds based on a formula using the number of class sessions. Students should consult with the Office of Admissions and Records for specific dates.

Withdrawals made after the "no record/drop date"
Students who withdraw from a class after the "no record/drop date" will be required to pay the tuition and fees in full. A "W" will be recorded on their official transcript. The "no record/drop date" is listed in the academic calendar.

Students who are receiving financial aid will need to stop by the Financial Aid department. Withdraws do effect financial aid.


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