Joint Agreements / Chargebacks

MCC has joint educational agreements that allow District #528 residents to enroll in specified career/occupational certificate and degree programs not offered by MCC.

The largest joint agreement in which MCC participates is known as CAREER (Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources). Any career program (Associate of Applied Sciences or certificate) offered at one of the following Illinois community colleges but not offered at MCC, is eligible for joint agreement:

  • Black Hawk College
  • Carl Sandburg College
  • Danville Area 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
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Kishwaukee Community College
  • Lake Land College
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Morton College
  • Prairie State College
  • Rend Lake College
  • Richland Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • South Suburban College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Spoon River College
  • Waubonsee Community College

In addition to programs offered by CAREER consortium schools, MCC participates in program specific joint agreements with the following community colleges:

  • College of Dupage
  • College of Lake County
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Harper College
  • Oakton Community College

When an occupational degree or certificate is not available at MCC and no joint agreement exists, you may apply for a chargeback. Chargebacks are approved on a case-by-case basis. Chargebacks will not be issued to Gateway Technical College.

Joint agreements and chargeback applications are available in Registration A258. These forms must be completed two weeks prior to the official beginning of the semester. Approved joint agreements and chargebacks are valid for one fiscal year and must be renewed every year.

Joint agreements and chargebacks are restricted to programs that result in Associate in Applied Science degrees or certificates and will not be approved for individual classes. Authorization is limited to one program per applicant at any time.

Out-of-district students desiring an AAS degree or certificate program at McHenry County College that is not available at your local community college may apply for a joint agreement or chargeback from your local community college. For more information, contact the community college serving the district you reside in.