Parents' FAQ


  1. What if my student doesn't have a career direction yet? How do I know what's best for my student - an associates degree, a bachelors degree, or a certificate?
  2. Are there programs for my student to take college classes while they are still in high school?
  3. Is there tutoring assistance for my student?
  4. Will the credits earned at MCC transfer to any college or university?
  5. How can my student be academically challenged at MCC?
  6. Are there services for students with special learning needs?
  7. How does the tuition at MCC compare to other schools?
  8. In addition to tuition what other costs can we expect?
  9. How long will it take my student to complete a program at MCC?
  1. What if my student doesn't have a career direction yet? How do I know what's best for my student - an associates degree, a bachelors degree, or a certificate?

    MCC offers career decision making classes and assistance in the Advising & Transfer Center for students who are unsure of their career direction or college major. Learn more about Counseling and the Advising & Transfer Center.

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  2. Are there programs for my student to take college classes while they are still in high school?

    Yes, MCC offers a Running Start Program that allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Contact the guidance office at your student's high school for forms and questions. Learn more about the Running Start Program.

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  3. Is there tutoring assistance for my student?

    MCC has an excellent tutoring center where students can access help with their classes at no additional cost. Learn more about the Sage Learning Center.

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  4. Will the credits earned at MCC transfer to any college or university?

    MCC has worked closely with the Illinois state college and universities to ensure that we have coursework that will transfer. If you student is transferring out of the state of Illinois they should meet with an MCC advisor each semester to ensure they are taking appropriate coursework. Learn more about the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

  5. How can my student be academically challenged at MCC?

    MCC offers honors coursework and a full honors program as well as alternative formats for class delivery, like Learning Communities, that allow your student to expand their educational focus and challenge their learning abilities. Learn more about our Honors Program and Learning Communities.

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  6. Are there services for students with special learning needs?

    MCC offers services for our students with special needs through our Special Needs office. It is recommended that you and your student connect with this office early in the admission process if you know that you will need their services. Call (815) 455-8766 for more information. Learn about our Special Needs office.

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  7. How does the tuition at MCC compare to other schools?

    Tuition at MCC is appreciably lower than private colleges and in-state public universities because of the local tax base You can expect to pay at least half of what you would at a state university and sometimes less. Review our tuition rates.

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  8. In addition to tuition what other costs can we expect?

    Some coursework taken at MCC will have lab or materials fees in addition to tuition; these fees vary and are dependent on the type of class. Students are also expected to purchase books for their classes each term. Book costs are determined by the classes the student is taking and cannot be estimated until the student is registered for their classes.

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  9. How long will it take my student to complete a program at MCC?

    The degrees at MCC are designed to be completed in two academic years assuming the student attends classes on a full-time basis. Some students may take longer to complete a program while others may have taken college coursework while in high school and will complete their degree in less than two years.

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