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Prairie State College Tuition & Cost

Chicago Heights, Illinois

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How much does it cost to attend?

In District Illinois Resident Sticker Price
In District Costs for Prairie State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,500
Other Fees$732
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $7,516
Other Expenses Budget$6,204
In State Illinois Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Prairie State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,500
Other Fees$732
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $7,516
Other Expenses Budget$6,204

In district Illinois residents should budget an annual total cost of $20,396 to attend Prairie State College on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $3,444 for tuition, $7,516 off-campus housing, $2,500 for books and supplies and $732 for other fees.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Prairie State College when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Prairie State College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$8,072
$30,001 to $48,000$8,793
$48,001 to $75,000$10,786
$75,001 to $110,000$13,328

The average reported annual net price for Prairie State College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $8,032 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

82% of full-time undergrad Prairie State College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,939 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 14% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $6,022.

Finanical Aid Prairie State College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,939 82%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,917 13%
Pell Grants $6,052 65%
Other Federal Grants $1,116 36%
State and Local Grants $1,615 42%
Federal Student Loans $6,022 14%
Other Student Loans $0 0%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Prairie State College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $8,008. The loan balance of $8,008 is a two year multiple of the $4,004 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $76 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $8,008
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $76.41
Total Interest Paid $1,160.62
Sum of All Loan Payments $9,168.62

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
Year Illinois Residents Non Residents
1 $25,562 $27,284
2 $26,503 $28,288

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at Prairie State College to be $51,124 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.7% annual increase over the next 2 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Prairie State College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
In District Residents $174 $522 $696
Illinois Residents $389 $1,167 $1,556
Out of State Residents $461 $1,383 $1,844

Estimated cost for a class at Prairie State College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Prairie State College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Prairie State College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148007 IPEDS survey data for Prairie State College.