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181 Colleges
33,180 Yearly Graduations
$68,603 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,241 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Illinois ranked #5 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 33,180 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Illinois is $17,151 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $18,887 a year.

An estimated 53% of college students in Illinois take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,060 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,401 Yearly Degrees
$15,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,832 students at DeVry University - Illinois in total, 17,174 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,979 are full-time. It takes the average DeVry University - Illinois undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 44% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 89% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,676 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DeVry University - Illinois is $36,018.

#2

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,539 Yearly Degrees
$9,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,966 full-time undergraduates at College of Lake County, and 11,854 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 4% of students at College of Lake County take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,033 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from College of Lake County with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,569 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,168 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Illinois is 504, which includes 467 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at MTI - Springfield, Illinois. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,755 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MTI - Springfield, Illinois with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,129 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,070 Yearly Degrees
$9,870 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at William Rainey Harper College is 12,199, which includes 4,405 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

4% of Harper College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,297 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,928 during the early-career years.

#5

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,034 Yearly Degrees
$8,118 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Moraine Valley Community College is 11,026, which includes 4,131 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

9% of MVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,855 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MVCC is $32,650.

#6

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
1,003 Yearly Degrees
$6,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,906 students at SWIC in total, 3,037 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

14% of SWIC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,844 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,858 during the early-career years.

#7

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
962 Yearly Degrees
$9,750 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,255 full-time undergraduates at COD, and 21,010 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,805 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,559 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
893 Yearly Degrees
$11,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,785 full-time undergraduates at Malcolm X College, and 7,273 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,159 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Malcolm X College is $25,852.

#9

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
865 Yearly Degrees
$12,570 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,915 full-time undergraduates at Joliet Junior College, and 10,267 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

10% of Joliet Junior College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,474 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Joliet Junior College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,220 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
749 Yearly Degrees
$6,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,835 full-time undergraduates at LLCC, and 4,977 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,496 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from LLCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,378 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
675 Yearly Degrees
$7,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,882 students at ECC in total, 2,846 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at ECC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,510 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ECC is $34,140.

Public Public vs. Private
623 Yearly Degrees
$15,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 11,366, of which 8,299 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,796 are full-time. For undergraduates at SIUC, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at SIUC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,770 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,852 during the early-career years.

#13

Parkland College

Champaign, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
570 Yearly Degrees
$11,580 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,758 students at Parkland College in total, 2,282 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

33% of Parkland College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,091 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Parkland College is $28,883.

#14

Rock Valley College

Rockford, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
537 Yearly Degrees
$8,924 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,507 full-time undergraduates at Rock Valley College, and 5,762 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,226 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Rock Valley College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,039 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Kaskaskia College

Centralia, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
518 Yearly Degrees
$7,530 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Kaskaskia College is 2,785, which includes 1,102 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at Kaskaskia College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,976 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Kaskaskia College is $29,315.

#16

Lewis and Clark Community College

Godfrey, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
512 Yearly Degrees
$9,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lewis and Clark Community College is 4,683, which includes 1,403 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

43% of Lewis and Clark Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,019 a year. Lewis and Clark Community College has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,295 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
488 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,181 students at UTI Illinois in total, 1,181 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 45 to 1.

Roughly 85% of students at UTI Illinois take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,237 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UTI Illinois is $43,369.

#18

Rend Lake College

Ina, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
477 Yearly Degrees
$6,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,802 students at Rend Lake College in total, 950 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,405 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rend Lake College is $27,280.

#19

Triton College

River Grove, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
469 Yearly Degrees
$11,190 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,819 students at Triton College in total, 2,557 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at Triton College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,005 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Triton College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,030 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
458 Yearly Degrees
$9,271 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Waubonsee Community College is 7,564, which includes 2,275 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

14% of Waubonsee students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,439 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Waubonsee with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,616 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
455 Yearly Degrees
$12,952 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Illinois Valley Community College is 2,413, which includes 981 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

6% of IVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,361 a year. IVCC has a 7.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from IVCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,746 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
436 Yearly Degrees
$9,236 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,484 full-time undergraduates at ICC, and 7,813 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,314 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,809 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
433 Yearly Degrees

There are 944 full-time undergraduates at Lincoln Tech - Melrose Park, and 944 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

75% of Lincoln Tech - Melrose Park students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,132 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lincoln Tech - Melrose Park is $32,318.

#24

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
432 Yearly Degrees
$10,446 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Oakton Community College is 7,313, which includes 2,491 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at Oakton Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,882 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,482 during the early-career years.

#25

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois
Public Public vs. Private
430 Yearly Degrees
$8,104 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,928 full-time undergraduates at Lake Land College, and 3,862 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

10% of Lake Land College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,669 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lake Land College is $29,953.

Other Illinois Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Heartland Community College 405
27 McHenry County College 393
28 Richland Community College 390
29 John A Logan College 353
30 G Skin & Beauty Institute 350
31 Kankakee Community College 347
32 Rasmussen University - Illinois 329
33 City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College 310
34 American InterContinental University - Online 286
35 Coyne College 284
35 ETI School of Skilled Trades 284
37 Prairie State College 282
38 Stautzenberger College - Rockford Career College 278
39 Sauk Valley Community College 249
40 Highland Community College 231
41 Shawnee Community College 227
42 Danville Area Community College 226
43 City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College 224
44 G Skin & Beauty Institute 221
45 Olney Central College 212
46 Spoon River College 205
47 Fox College 196
48 Trenz Beauty Academy 188
48 University of Illinois at Chicago 188
50 Black Hawk College 187
51 Soma Institute-The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy 184
52 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview 171
53 Carl Sandburg College 160
54 Kishwaukee College 158
54 Midwestern Career College 158
56 DePaul University 156
57 South Suburban College 154
57 Cosmetology & Spa Academy 154
59 Southeastern Illinois College 146
60 John Amico School of Hair Design 142
61 Morton College 141
62 First Institute of Travel, Inc 140
63 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW 135
64 Lewis University 129
64 Northern Illinois University 129
66 Universal Spa Training Academy 128
67 City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College 126
68 HVAC Technical Institute 123
69 Illinois State University 121
70 City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College 118
71 John Wood Community College 116
72 Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute 108
72 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Rockford 108
74 Aveda Institute - Chicago 105
75 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 104
76 University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts 103
77 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville 102
78 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing 100
79 Paul Mitchell the School Bradley 97
80 Northwestern College - Bridgeview 96
81 Worsham College of Mortuary Science 91
82 Larry’s Barber College 90
83 Wabash Valley College 89
84 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Danville 87
85 Paul Mitchell the School Chicago 85
86 Pivot Point Academy 83
87 Roosevelt University 82
87 Frontier Community College 82
89 University of St Francis 80
90 National Louis University 79
91 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin 73
92 Rosel School of Cosmetology 69
93 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights 68
93 Career Center of Southern Illinois 68
95 Paul Mitchell the School Lombard 66
96 Empire Beauty School-Stone Park 64
96 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 64
98 Paul Mitchell the School Normal 61
99 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NE 59
100 State Career College 57
101 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Peoria 55
102 Verve College 52
103 Concordia University, Chicago 49
104 Western Illinois University 47
105 Loyola University Chicago 46
105 Capri Beauty College 46
107 Estelle Medical Academy 44
107 Lincoln Trail College 44
109 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College 43
110 CALC Institute of Technology 42
111 Professional’s Choice Hair Design Academy 40
111 Methodist College 40
113 Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology 38
113 Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology 38
115 Bell Mar Beauty College 37
116 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling 35
116 Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology 35
118 Oak Point University 34
119 Rush University 33
120 Phipps Academy of Barbering 32
120 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Rockford 32
122 Taylor Business Institute 31
122 University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology 31
124 Pacific College of Health and Science 30
124 Empire Beauty School-Vernon Hills 30
124 Capri Beauty College 30
127 The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology 29
128 North Park University 28
128 Wheaton College Illinois 28
128 CAAN Academy of Nursing 28
131 Governors State University 27
131 Cannella School of Hair Design, Chicago (South Archer Ave) 27
133 Eastern Illinois University 26
133 Hair Professionals Career College 26
135 North Central College 25
136 Networks Barber College 24
136 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Peru 24
138 The Salon Professional Academy - Shorewood 22
139 Cameo Beauty Academy 21
139 Ambria College of Nursing 21
141 Cannella School of Hair Design, Villa Park 20
141 Gem City College 20
141 Niles School of Cosmetology 20
144 Steven Papageorge Hair Academy 19
145 Cannella School of Hair Design, Chicago (South Commercial) 18
145 Oehrlein School of Cosmetology 18
145 Illinois Institute of Technology 18
148 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 17
149 Hair Professionals Career College 16
150 Chicago State University 15
150 East-West University 15
150 Morrison Institute of Technology 15
153 Illinois College 14
153 Innovations Design Academy 14
155 Saint Augustine College 13
156 Reflections Academy of Beauty 11
156 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 11
156 National University of Health Sciences 11
159 University of Illinois at Springfield 10
160 Quincy University 7
160 Lincoln College 7
160 Bradley University 7
163 Creative Touch Cosmetology School 6
164 Aurora University 5
164 Millikin University 5
166 Olivet Nazarene University 4
166 National Latino Education Institute 4
166 Benedictine University 4
169 Hebrew Theological College 3
169 McKendree University 3
171 Cannella School of Hair Design, Blue Island 2
171 Northwestern University 2
171 Elmhurst University 2
171 Tri-County Beauty Academy 2
175 Trinity International University - Illinois 1
176 Saint Xavier University 0
176 Blackburn College 0
176 Eureka College 0
176 MacCormac College 0
176 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 0
176 Dominican University 0

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