Tuition rates exclude lab and course fees and are subject to change without notice by official action of the District 509 Board of Trustees. View a list of the communities served by the Community College District 509.

Credit Course Charges

ResidencyTuition/credit hour
Effective Summer 2019
District Resident, Work In-District, In-District Internet $132.00
Out-of-District Resident $434.49
Out-of-District Internet $260.00
Out-of-State & International Resident $497.79
Out-of-State & International Internet $310.00

Senior Citizens who are ages 62 and over at the start of the term will receive a 50% reduction in tuition. To receive the discount, senior citizens must present a photo ID in person at the Student Accounts Office (Building B, Room B151).

Senior Citizens who are 65 years of age or older by the start of the term may be eligible for a full tuition waiver of in-district tuition if they are under a specific income level as outlined in the Senior Citizen Courses Act (110 LCS990)*. To apply for this waiver, senior citizens must complete this Senior Waiver Application and present it to the Student Accounts office. Senior citizens who are ages 65 and older can continue to receive the tuition discount of 50% if they do not qualify for the full tuition waiver or do not wish to complete the application.

Senior citizens are still responsible for all lab fees, course fees, and an enrollment fee for both the discount and the full waiver.

*Some restrictions apply. See Student Accounts.


Enrollment Fees

Students enrolling in credit classes pay an enrollment fee of $6 per student, per semester.

Testing Fees

Nominal fees are charged to administer some tests given by the college’s testing center and career development. Placement and assessment tests are free.

Course Fees and Laboratory Fees

  • Credit courses - Course fees are applied if specialized equipment and/or individualized small group instruction are required. Lab fees are applied for laboratory courses to cover the direct costs of lab material and supplies. To determine if a course has a course or lab fee, use the Credit Classes Search feature to search open classes.
  • Noncredit courses - see the individual course listing.

Course fees and lab fees are refundable according to the refund schedule.

Instructional Fees

Instructional fees are assessed to offset higher cost teaching/learning environments. These courses require specialized consumable supplies and materials, specialized software, high tech equipment and equipment maintenance costs, individualized instruction, and low faculty to student ratios. See the list of instructional fees at Instructional fees are refundable according to the refund schedule.

Internet Fees

All students pay a lab/course fee of $10 per credit hour for courses offered online. The fee is refundable according to the refund schedule.

Payment Plan Fees

ECC offers payment plans as convenient ways to budget your educational expenses. They are not loan programs. No interest or finance charges are assessed. There is a non-refundable service fee of $30 per semester that will be added to your down payment.

Continuing Education Course Charges

ECC is a terrific value in higher education. See the individual course listing.


Student Accounts

Building B, Room B151
Fax: 847-214-7445

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: Closed