Student Handbook - Paying for College

Business Office

The Business Office handles all tuition and fees due to the College and handles all accounts payable, payroll, and accounting for the College.  For more information contact the Business Office at 815.835.6295 (1H2) or visit svcc.edu/pay.

Financial Assistance

At SVCC, financial assistance consists of grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and student loans. These programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act are the major source of federal student aid. To qualify for these types of financial assistance, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is available at fafsa.ed.gov.  Students are highly encouraged to apply online, however, if a paper application is needed, contact the Department of Education at 800.394.7084. For questions about financial assistance programs, process and procedures, or forms received through the mail, please contact Financial Assistance (Student Services Center) at 815.835.6339 or visit svcc.edu/finaid.



The Sauk Valley College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Illinois Corporation, fiscally separate from the College. The Foundation solicits, receives, manages, and distributes funds to support a variety of awards, projects, and activities outside the scope of the usual revenue sources. The Foundation's assets increase by repeated annual gifts, fundraising events, and effective investment planning. The SVC Foundation mission is to support Sauk Valley Community College, its programs and its students. For more information contact SVC Foundation at 815.835.6329 (3K20) or visit svcc.edu/foundation.


Grants are financial aid funds provided by the federal government to help pay for educational expenses at an eligible college or career school, often based on financial need, that does not need to be repaid (unless, for example, a student fully withdraws from college and owes a refund). To determine eligibility, students must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. For more information regarding grants, please contact Financial Assistance at (Student Services Center) at 815-835-6339 or visit svcc.edu/finaid.


Direct loans are a federal student aid program for which eligible students and parents can borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education. To determine eligibility, students must first complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov and any subsequent required documentation. Loan requests can be completed at svcc.edu/DirectLoans. For more information regarding student loans please contact Financial Assistance (Student Services Center) 815-835-6339 or visit svcc.edu/DirectLoans.


A scholarship is money awarded to a student-based on need merit or other achievements to help pay for education expenses. Scholarships generally do not have to be repaid. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Sauk Valley College Foundation. Applications are posted at the first of each month and can be found at svcc.edu/scholarships. For more information, contact the Foundation office (RM 3L08) at 815.835.6329. Listings of external scholarships can be found on the Financial Assistance website at svcc.edu/finaid/scholarships.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees and are subject to change when necessary. Current tuition rates are as follows per credit hour:

In-District             $155

Internet                 $165

Out-of-District      $376

Out-of-State          $418

Course fees are assessed per credit hour based on the type of course. Check the current class schedule or visit svcc.edu/tuition for more information

All in-district senior citizens (anyone 65 or older) may register for any regularly scheduled SVCC credit course at a cost equal to the student support fee. The current Golden Age Tuition Pass rate is $16 per credit hour. Those attending under the Senior Citizen Tuition Pass are obligated to pay laboratory fees and other course fees designated by the college.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Students may pay tuition and fees by check/credit card or deferred payment plan. Students using financial aid should contact Financial Assistance before making payment arrangements. Students may also pay by credit/debit card by calling the Business Office at 815.835.6295.  Contact the Business Office (RM 1H01, svcc.edu/pay)  for cash and check payment options. After normal business hours, a payment drop box is available on campus. To setup a deferred payment plan, visit svcc.edu/pay.

Petition for Tuition Refund

Sauk Valley Community College will consider a petition for tuition refund when the student files a request claiming that the student was unable to complete the semester due to circumstances determined by the college to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. Only acceptable reasons for a refund: Death of the student, parent, child or dependent, sibling, or spouse during the current semester; Illness/ injury of a student or dependent of such severity or duration as to preclude successful completion of course(s) during the semester; Involuntary call to military duty. Students have until finals week of the class to file the Petition for Tuition Refund. After finals week, no petition will be accepted. Students eligible for withdrawal may or may not be entitled to a refund. Refunds are granted in accordance with college policy and state regulations. Contact the Dean of Student Services (Student Services Center) for details and forms at 815.835.6305.

Payment Plan

Make college more affordable by paying for tuition and fees over time. Tuition payment plans break down your tuition balance into affordable monthly payments. There is no interest, payment options are flexible, setup fees are affordable, and it's easy to enroll!

Payment Methods:

  • Automatic bank payment (ACH)
  • Credit card/debit card (An additional fee may be assessed)

Payments are processed on the 15th of each month and will continue to process until the balance has been paid in full.

Cost to Participate:

  • $25 Nonrefundable Enrollment Fee per semester
  • $30 Nonrefundable Return Payment Fee if a payment is returned

To enroll, Visit svcc.edu/pay.


Workstudy is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while students are enrolled in school to help pay education expenses. To determine eligibility, students must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. View open positions and apply for work study opportunities at svcc.edu/work-study-jobs. For more information regarding workstudy, please contact Financial Assistance (Student Services Center) at 815.835.6339.