Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.21
Liaison David Husemoller
Submission Date June 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

College of Lake County
PA-7: Affordability and Access

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Complete 1.18 / 4.00 David Husemoller
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Tuition and fees at CLC are much lower than those at private schools or public four-year colleges because a portion of the college budget is supported by funds from local taxpayers and the State of Illinois.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

Our Counseling and Advising Center has trained staff to help you plan your future and cope with current opportunities and challenges affecting your academic success.

Academic advising—help in selecting the right courses and academic program to meet your goals. This is a service all students should use. Learn when to see an advisor, counselor or faculty member for academic advisement.
New Student Orientation (NSO)—help in learning about the college’s programs, policies, services and resources to help you succeed.
Transfer planning—help in selecting a major, deciding on a transfer institution and planning your courses to ensure a smooth transfer.
Career counseling—help in exploring career options, occupational projections and earnings and the academic preparation needed.
Educational development—help in developing strategies for academic success through individual workshops, conferences and classes that will teach you study skills, time management and test taking techniques.
Personal development and counseling—help in dealing with personal life issues affecting your academic success.
Assessment—testing to help you understand your learning style, career interests and more.
Crisis intervention and referrals—Faculty, staff and friends of students are encouraged to refer or walk students who might be in crisis to the Counseling Center. Counselors will listen and help refer students for additional counseling or therapy, if needed.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Debt Free at CLC
Financial support can come from the federal government, state government and private sources such as the CLC Foundation. Some kinds of financial aid are based entirely on need. Others are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, athletic ability, artistic talent, ethnic background or some other factor. The awards can be used to cover tuition, fees and books as well as living expenses, food, housing and transportation.


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

In addition to offering federal and state financial aid programs, CLC also awards scholarships funded by the College of Lake County Foundation. These scholarships address the needs of many different kinds of students and include major award programs and nearly 100 individual scholarships.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

CLC: Part of an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree
With Illinois public university tuition mostly ranging between $350 to $450 per credit hour, earning a bachelor’s degree can cost as much as $54,000. Including CLC in your degree completion plan can reduce that cost by $20,000 or more.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

CLC participates in the full range of federal and state financial aid programs, and the CLC Foundation offers many scholarships. Since financial aid comes in many forms (with different eligibility requirements), it is worth applying, even if you think you won’t meet requirements. You may indeed find yourself eligible to receive financial aid that can help you pay for tuition, books, transportation and more. And with an online application and the CLC Financial Aid Office staff to assist you, the process of applying isn’t difficult. It is definitely worth your time and effort to apply. Approximately one in four CLC students currently receives some form of financial aid.

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

Many of the financial assistance programs are awarded to part-time students. One program in particular benefits students wishing to work part time.

The Work Study option allows students to earn money while enrolled to help pay for educational expenses. Students are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week in the Federal Work-Study program.

Information is posted in these locations:
On the two bulletin boards across from the Financial Aid office at the Grayslake campus, Room B114.
In the Career Center at the Grayslake campus, Room E101.
Online at the Jobs for Students web page.

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Children's Learning Centers
Our two nationally accredited centers let you concentrate on your own academic success, knowing that your child will learn and play in modern, secure surroundings, supervised by child-care professionals while you’re in class. Services are available at the Grayslake and Lakeshore (Waukegan) campuses at competitive rates that are partially underwritten by student activity fees.

Year-round services are available for children ages 2-6 years and school-aged care is provided for children up to 12 years old during the summer months. Children are enrolled in advance for limited times based on their parents’ class, study and work schedules. For more information on fees, times and registration contact either of the Children's Learning Centers at one of the numbers listed.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Our Tutoring services at each campus provide you with support to succeed in your classes. Free tutoring is offered for math and writing in addition to a variety of other subjects.

Our Testing Centers at each campus provide testing services to meet student and community needs, including testing for placement (proficiencies and prerequisites), make-up exams for courses, testing for online courses, etc.
Disability Services

The Office for Students with Disabilities has experience working with students with a wide range of needs. Some students have an obvious disability--they are blind, deaf or have a mobility need. Others, the majority, in fact, have an invisible disability like Attention Deficit Disorder, anxiety disorder or a learning disability. Whatever your need, we will work with you to develop reasonable accommodations to level the academic playing field.

Student Success Sessions
You can also get help in sessions offered through a program called Succeed at CLC. This program offers two types of academic help: Study Zones and mini-workshops on academic success topics. It also offers Game Nights to help you relax and unwind.

Coaching for Academic Success
Coaching for Academic Success is a holistic approach to supporting students in defining, assessing and achieving their academic goals. CAS staff build confidence, intervene early and often, connect students to resources and collaborate across the college.

The LBGTQ+ Resource Center works to build and maintain an inclusive campus community. We foster pride, respect, and unity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and allied populations. We advocate for freedom and knowledge of individual identity, human expression and equal opportunity.

The mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to provide programs and services to encourage educational, personal, social and cultural growth among the College of Lake County’s diverse student population.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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