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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. Locker rentals are also available each semester on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information contact the Business Office at 815.835.6295 (1H2) or visit

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  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 (first floor) or visit

*See chart on page 33.


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 repeat 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 (3L08) or visit


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 For more information regarding grants, please contact Financial Assistance at 815.835.6339 (Student Services Center) or visit


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 and any subsequent required documentation. Loan requests can be completed at For more information regarding student loans please contact Financial Assistance at 815.835.6339 (Student Services Center) or visit


A scholarship is money awarded to a student-based on academic 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 For more information, contact the Foundation office (3L08) at 815.835.6329. Listings of external scholarships can be found on the Financial Assistance website at


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

In-Distriict             $134

Internet                 $134

Out-of-District      $343

Out-of-State          $370

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 activity fee. The current Golden Age Tuition Pass rate is $8 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 online at Students using financial aid should contact Financial Assistance before making payment. Students may pay by cash, check or credit card in the Business Office (1H02).  After normal business hours, payment can be made at the Student Services Center. For additional information, call 815.835.6267.

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 815.835.6326.

Payment Plan

The web-based deferred payment plan allows students to pay for tuition in three installments per semester. The payments may be set up one of two ways:

  1. Checking Account - The student authorizes SVCC to do an automatic bank-to-bank (ACH) transfer of funds when the student accepts the online agreement. All three payments will be automatically processed with an ACH transfer on the designated pay dates.
  2. Credit Card - The student authorizes SVCC to do an automatic charge to a credit card when the student accepts the online agreement. All three payments will be automatically charged to the credit card on the designated pay dates.

The first payment is due prior to the start of the semester. The next two payments are due approximately one and two months into the semester. Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, the enrollment fee will increase to $20.00 per semester.  The enrollment fee is due and automatically deducted upon enrollment in the plan. Information about the deferred payment plan can be found by accessing then under Quick Jump, click on SOAR then Payment Options. 


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 View open positions and apply for work study opportunities at For more information regarding workstudy, please contact Financial Assistance (Student Services Center) at 815.835.6339.