Cost of Attending Waubonsee Community College

Choosing to attend college is a big decision, and it’s no surprise that the cost of college is a key concern for some students. When you ask, “Can I afford this?” we want you to know the answer is “Yes!”

2018-2019 Academic Year Cost Per Credit Hour

Student Fee Per Credit Hour

In-District & Online Rate


$8 other fees may apply

Illinois Out-of-District Rate $339.24 $8 other fees may apply
Out-of-State Rate $368.52 $8 other fees may apply

How do I know if I am In-District?

Find higher educational value at Waubonsee. When it comes to average annual tuition and fees, you can choose to pay just over $3,000 here, three times that much at a public four-year university or seven times that much at a private four-year school.  

Plus, you can get help through financial aid and scholarships or spread payments out with our Chiefs Payment Plan.

Learn more about the cost of attending Waubonsee

Tuition and Fees


Tuition is charged based on your residency. 

Residency Requirements

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Net Price Calculator

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per 3-credit hour course
more earnings with associate degree vs. high school graduate
scholarships awarded for 2017-2018

College is an investment - in you!

As you calculate the cost of your college education, keep in mind that every dollar you spend is an investment in your future. It can bring you many benefits, including:

  • Lower unemploymentAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from April 2017, the unemployment rate among people with a high school diploma is 5.2 percent while the rate for people with an associate degree is just 3.6 percent.
  • Higher income — According to the same BLS report, on average, high school graduates earn just under $36,000 per year while community college graduates earn more than $42,500 per year.

Presented another way, a report from the American Association of Community Colleges shows that, given the increased lifetime earning of community college graduates and the typical out-of-pocket costs for community college, the benefit-cost ratio is 4.8. In other words, for every $1 students invest in themselves at a community college, they receive $4.80 in future income. This equates to a rate of return of approximately 17 percent.

You will find that an education at Waubonsee is both valuable and affordable.

Additional Resources

Still have questions about paying for college? Here are a few additional resources to check out.