Minimizing Financial Barriers

Many people have been dealing with stress and financial struggles. At Waubonsee, we want your pursuit of a higher education to be easy. That’s why we’re providing resources that can help you minimize financial barriers

In addition to our usual low tuition, interest-free payment plans, and available financial aid, we’re offering additional resources:

Reach Higher Scholarship

Qualifying students (low-income, unemployed, housing insecure, etc.) may receive money they can use to help meet their greatest needs — tuition, fees and course materials; food; housing; health care; or childcare — through our Reach Higher Scholarship (access through mywcc).

Pick When, Who and How to Pay

Affordability starts with low tuition but extends to convenient payment options and help with understanding payment processes. Explore the options below, and choose the one that is best for you, based on:

  • How much/how often you want to pay
    You can choose to pay in full and be done, or you can space smaller payments out over a longer period of time with an interest-free payment plan
  • Who is paying
    If an employer or other organization/entity (financial aid, scholarship, etc.) is paying some or all of your tuition, be sure to check out the Verified Sources section 

Keep in mind that at least one of the payment arrangements must be made by the due date in the Payment Arrangement Due Date Schedule below.

If your course begins before your payment arrangement due date and you do not plan to attend, you will not be dropped automatically. You will be held responsible for course fees unless you fully withdraw from courses by the last day to drop with refund.

Payment Arrangement Due Date Schedule
Registration Day First Payment or Verified Source
Due by Midnight of
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Sunday
Saturday Monday
Sunday Tuesday
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Full Payment

Tuition and fees total less than $200 require full payment.

Making Payments

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Payment Plan

Space your payments out over time with an interest-free payment plan. Pay a little upfront, a little each month, and the $25 nonrefundable set-up fee, and your account will be paid off in time to register for the next semester! Remember, the earlier you register, the smaller your payments!

Payment Plans

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Verified Sources

When your tuition and fees are being paid for by another organization or entity, that organization or entity is referred to as a verified source. Common verified sources include:

  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships (Waubonsee and others)
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Employers/Third Party

Learn more about these verified sources, how to use them and how to check their status on your account.

Verified Sources

More Information


Scholarships are given for a variety of reasons and don't need to be paid back 

Tuition refunds

Tuition refunds if you withdraw from a class

Tax credits

Tax credits and deductions you may qualify for

Some Commonly Asked Questions:

Scholarship Impact Stories

"There will always be a million excuses why you shouldn't pursue your dream. For me most were related to money."
– Katherine G.

"With the cost of college, the economy, cut backs at work... it is harder than ever. I feel that school is my only way out. I will do anything to get through school and keep my home over the next few years knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for giving me this opportunity."
– Tanya W.

More Impact Stories

Scholarship Info

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It’s [Waubonsee] not a dead end. It’s an education.

Isaí's Story

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