Prairie State College

Public, 2-4 Years School Located in Chicago Heights, IL

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How much is the Prairie State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Prairie State's tuition & fees is $9,342 for Illinois residents and $11,064 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $25,562 for Illinois residents and $27,284 for out-of-state students when a student lives off-campus.

Prairie State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$9,342
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,064
Books & Supplies Costs$2,500
Off-campus Room & Board$7,516
Off-campus Expenses$6,204
2023-2024 Estimates
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$9,342
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,064

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to 2-4 years schools nationwide, Prairie State' tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, 2-4 years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $13,638.
Prairie State College$9,342$11,064
U.S. 2-4 Years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois 2-4 Years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Prairie State and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, 2-4 years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Prairie State CollegeChicago Heights, IL$9,342$11,064
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBelleville, IL$6,390$6,210
Black Hawk CollegeMoline, IL$7,950$8,100
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King CollegeChicago, IL$11,520$14,430
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley CollegeChicago, IL$11,520$14,430
Danville Area Community CollegeDanville, IL$9,200$9,200
Highland Community CollegeFreeport, IL$6,976$7,120
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakee, IL$13,320$25,680
Kaskaskia CollegeCentralia, IL$7,770$12,570
Lewis and Clark Community CollegeGodfrey, IL$9,552$12,552
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfield, IL$6,960$10,248

Financial Aid and COA

At Prairie State College, 2,254 students (86%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $5,272.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Prairie State is $22,012 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 228 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $6,839 and the average amount of student loans is $5,388.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (off-campus)$25,562$27,284
Tuition & Fees$9,342$11,064
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,220$16,220
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,290$22,012
Average Financial Aid$5,272$5,272
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,25486%$5,272
Pell Grants93636%$5,134
Federal Student Loan2068%$6,377
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid22898%-
Grants or Scholarships22898%$6,839
Federal Grants22797%$5,777
Pell Grants11047%$5,960
Other Federal Grants22396%$2,941
State/Local Grants10143%$1,666
Institutional Grants188%$4,419
Student Loan Aid115%$5,388
Federal Student Loans115%$5,388
Other Student Loans0--
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level114114$10,964
110,001 or more11$2,495

Student Population

Prairie State College has a total of 2,680 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 914 male students and 1,704 female students attending Prairie State. The school offers online degree programs and 517 students enrolled online exclusively (19.29% of all students).
Undergraduate2,618 9141,704

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address202 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL
Degree & Programs
Program Offered81 Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population2,680
Graduation Rate15%
Transfer-out Rate20%
Retention Rate52% (Full-time), 31% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate10 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties82 (Full-time), 112 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs264 (Full-time), 197 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$79,794
Average Staff Salary$62,083