William Rainey Harper College

Public, 2-4 Years School Located in Palatine, IL

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How much is the Harper College tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Harper College's tuition & fees is $9,990 for Illinois residents and $11,802 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 $31,410 for Illinois residents and $33,222 for out-of-state students when a student lives off-campus.

Harper College Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$9,990
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,802
Books & Supplies Costs$1,328
Off-campus Room & Board$15,360
Off-campus Expenses$4,732
2023-2024 Estimates
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$10,111
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,923

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to 2-4 years schools nationwide, Harper College' tuition is comparable to 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.
William Rainey Harper College$9,990$11,802
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 Harper College 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.
William Rainey Harper CollegePalatine, IL$9,990$11,802
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey CollegeChicago, IL$11,520$14,430
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman CollegeChicago, IL$11,520$14,430
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright CollegeChicago, IL$11,520$14,430
Illinois Central CollegeEast Peoria, IL$9,900$11,700
College of Lake CountyGrayslake, IL$10,531$14,036
McHenry County CollegeCrystal Lake, IL$10,529$14,885
Oakton Community CollegeDes Plaines, IL$10,446$12,462
South Suburban CollegeSouth Holland, IL$11,033$12,683
Heartland Community CollegeNormal, IL$10,440$15,420
Frontier Community CollegeFairfield, IL$10,270$12,340

Financial Aid and COA

At William Rainey Harper College, 5,225 students (43%) 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 $5,171.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Harper College is $28,051 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,357 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 $5,097 and the average amount of student loans is $4,659.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (off-campus)$31,410$33,222
Tuition & Fees$9,990$11,802
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$21,420$21,420
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$26,239$28,051
Average Financial Aid$5,171$5,171
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,22543%$5,171
Pell Grants2,55021%$3,557
Federal Student Loan2582%$5,175
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,35784%-
Grants or Scholarships1,10068%$5,097
Federal Grants93758%$4,606
Pell Grants59537%$4,657
Other Federal Grants75046%$2,060
State/Local Grants41526%$1,808
Institutional Grants48130%$1,123
Student Loan Aid433%$4,659
Federal Student Loans423%$4,448
Other Student Loans1-$13,500
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level628612$5,926
110,001 or more1811$515

Student Population

William Rainey Harper College has a total of 12,434 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 5,313 male students and 6,702 female students attending Harper College. The school offers online degree programs and 2,714 students enrolled online exclusively (21.83% of all students).
Undergraduate12,015 5,3136,702

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL
Degree & Programs
Program Offered116 Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population12,434
Graduation Rate43%
Transfer-out Rate17%
Retention Rate73% (Full-time), 57% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate18 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties198 (Full-time), 418 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs714 (Full-time), 691 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$96,287
Average Staff Salary$69,748