Rock Valley College

Tuition and Fees

Great Value. Great Investment. Great Education.

The average college student graduates with student debt of approximately $37,000 (source: Forbes). That doesn’t have to be you. You can earn a two-year associate’s degree from RVC for approximately $10,000. Quality, accredited courses taught by highly-skilled and credentialed faculty in a university campus setting.

You can earn a two-year associate’s degree from RVC for less than $10,000.

IMAGE: Two-Years Tuition & Fees (2017-18) Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. *Includes average tuition and standard fees for in-district students completing up to 60 credit hours. The image shows Private 4-Year Average (IL) over $58,000, Private For Profit Average (IL) over $30,000, Public 4-Year Average (IL) over $25,000, and Rock Valley College under $10,000.

Tuition & Fees at RVC

Tuition payments must be made in the Accounts Receivable/Student Payments Office located on the second floor of the Student Center. For information on all of Rock Valley College's tuition payment options, please visit our Payment Information page.

What does it Cost to Attend RVC?

Tuition is charged per semester hour and varies depending upon residency:

Tuition per Semester Hour
  • In-district student & Online courses: $120/credit hour
  • Illinois out-of-district student: $332/credit hour
  • Out-of-state/International student: $662/credit hour
  • CTE courses are an additional $25/credit hour

Tuition rates and fees are subject to change during the academic year without notice.

Other Fees

  • Technology fee: $10/credit hour
  • Activity fee: $7/credit hour
  • Registration fee (non-refundable): $2/term
  • Course fee: $1/course
  • Distance Learning Fee: $53/class

Most courses also have individual fees that vary by course. These fees are displayed when viewing the details of a course on our online schedule or via Online Services.

Course Fees Example

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Certain courses require expendable materials that are used. A lab fee is charged to partially cover this extra expense. The specific fees are listed in the detailed course information found when browsing classes on our online schedule.

Courses that are taught 100% online will be charged at the in-district tuition rate for all students, regardless of their residency. All other courses will be billed based on residency. Online sections can be found using the location deliminater when browsing classes on our online schedule.

Students 62-64 years of age who are residents of Rock Valley College District 511 qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $25 per credit hour. Students age 65 and over who are district residents may attend credit classes tuition free. All other fees will be assessed at a full rate for students in both age categories. The tuition reduction is not applicable for enrollment in non-credit seminars, classes, or programs.

*In order for a student to receive this discount they must inform the Records and Registration office of their senior citizen status prior to enrolling in the course.

The Registration and Payment dates calendar for each semester lists the last day for refunds for 16-week courses. Tuition refunds are issued based upon the official drop date. To receive a full refund students must drop by completing the appropriate steps with the Records and Registration office on the second floor of the student center no later than the final refund date. The college reserves the right to make the final decision on all refunds.