Joint Agreements / Chargebacks

Students residing in District 528 who wish to enroll in an approved program of study not offered by McHenry County College, may be eligible for a joint agreement or chargeback to attend another community college in Illinois that offers that curriculum. A student approved for a joint agreement or chargeback will be entitled to that college’s in-district tuition rates.

Guidelines for Authorization of Joint Agreements and Chargebacks ⇒

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 a career 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 chargebacks are restricted to programs that result in Associate in Applied Science degrees or certificates and will not be approved for individual courses, prerequisites, developmental courses, non-credit courses, and Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees. Authorization is limited to one program per applicant at any time.

Complete and submit the Joint agreement and chargeback request form. This form must be completed 30 days 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.

Out-of-district students desiring an Associate in Applied Science 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.