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First-time college students face a variety of challenges meeting new people, cultivating successful study habits, navigating the college environment and developing a greater sense of independence. You can still play an important role in helping your student succeed by understanding what your son/daughter is going through and being aware of policies, procedures and information about MCC and the college process. The following information can help you support your student as he/she transitions into college life.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions after reading these FAQs, please email them to orientation@mchenry.edu.

How much is tuition at MCC?

Tuition is charged by the credit hour. Additional costs may include general fees, course specific fees, supplies and books.

A payment plan is available.

When do classes start?

See our calendar of events to find out what’s going on around campus daily and the annual academic calendar for a snapshot of the coming year.

Does everyone have to take MCC 101?

All first-time students must successfully complete MCC 101 during their first year unless they have:

  • Previously earned at least 24 semester hours of college credit with a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (at another college) or
  • Successfully completed a course equivalent to MCC 101 at another college. That course must be documented on a college transcript.

What will my student learn at New-Student Orientation?

We present an overview of:

Students will also meet with an advisor, register for classes, and receive a tour of campus. Need New-Student Orientation details?

How can my student register for New-Student Orientation?

Students can register for New-Student Orientation:

When will my student meet with an advisor to choose classes?

Students meet with an advisor for the first time at New-Student Orientation in order to pick out their first semester classes. In subsequent semesters, they'll make an appointment at, or walk in to, our advising and transfer center to plan future classes.

Is there financial aid available?

What types of scholarships does my student qualify for?

How does placement testing work?

Placement testing may be required for math, English, and foreign language courses.

Can I access my student’s grades?

A student’s educational record, including grades, is protected by FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). This prevents anyone except the student from obtaining information held in a student’s record. Students may sign a Release of Confidentiality form in the Registration Office giving MCC permission to give information to any individual that the student designates.

What resources are available to help my student succeed?

MCC is dedicated to giving students the tools they need to be successful in college. Many offices on campus provide assistance including the Sage Learning Center, Advising and Transfer Center, Access and Disability Services, Counseling, Student Life, and Career Services.

If you have questions about other resources, please let us know at orientation@mchenry.edu.

How do we get textbooks?

Textbooks are available through the MCC bookstore. Shop in-person or online to buy new or used or to rent text books. You will need the student's schedule in order to ensure that you are getting the correct books.

What degree should my student be working on?

MCC offers a variety of degrees and certificates. What your student will work towards depends on his/her goals at MCC and beyond. Some degrees are designed to transfer into a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university and some degrees or certificates are meant to prepare students for immediate employment. Financial Aid is only available for programs that are at least 16 credit hours in length. See information on the different degrees and requirements.

My student wants to transfer, how do we know what classes he/she should take?

MCC participates in the IAI GECC (Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum). By completing this core of general education requirements (which are included in the Associates of Arts or Associates of Science), students can transfer this core as a package to other participating schools and have their general education requirements there.

Students planning to transfer should work closely with an academic advisor at MCC, as well as their transfer school. There are specific courses that may be required for students planning certain majors or transfer schools. Learn more about transfer guides, course equivalencies, and sample academic plans by major.

What type of safety precautions does MCC have?

Campus Public Safety/Police officers are on the main campus 24/7, 365 days a year.

Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for MCC Campus Alerts, the emergency mass notification system, used to quickly communicate with all currently enrolled students and MCC employees about safety alerts, weather-related closings and more.

What can I do if my child is unable to continue classes at MCC due to an illness or other extenuating circumstance?

Parents who would like to make decisions on behalf of their child with regards to dropping/withdrawing from classes, talking to instructors, obtaining homework, etc. should contact Marianne Devenny (815) 455-8716 or Amy Haller (815) 455-8768  in the registration office to see what options are available to them.