Best Associate Programs in Illinois

Students often begin their four-year degree journey with an associate degree. Others find that an associate degree boosts their career prospects. Often, an associate degree in Illinois costs less than four years of tuition. There is a high probability of students graduating in two years or less.

In Illinois, graduates with associate degrees often make more money than those with just a high school diploma. For the state’s 5,618,830 workers, the median annual wage is $46,630, or $22.42 per hour. Illinois’ bottom earners earn $24,470, while the state’s highest earners earn $103,490.

Below is a ranking of Illinois’ best schools for associate degrees to assist you in choosing a school. Please feel free to use it as a guide to decide which program best suits your needs.

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    #1

    Frontier Community College

    Fairfield, IL

    Graduation Rate

    63%

    Enrollment

    1,719

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4098

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12082

    From its campus in Illinois, Frontier Community College enrolls students in 54 programs. Students enjoy rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The school reports a 63% graduation rate. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #2

    Judson University

    Elgin, IL

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    1,233

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29870

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29870

    Judson University, a private institution in Elgin, Illinois, enrolls learners in multiple programs. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. Judson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #3

    Fox College

    Bedford Park, IL

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    451

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15280

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15280

    A private institution, Fox College grants degrees from its campus in Bedford Park, Illinois. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Loyola University Chicago

    Chicago, IL

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    17,159

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $45543

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $45543

    From its campus in Chicago, Illinois, Loyola University Chicago enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The school's cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    Morrison Institute of Technology

    Morrison, IL

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    88

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17400

    From its Morrison, Illinois campus, Morrison Institute of Technology enrolls students in 2 programs. Students enjoy rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The school reports a graduation rate of 84%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #6

    Stautzenberger College-Rockford Career College

    Rockford, IL

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    472

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16549

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16549

    From its campus in Rockford, Illinois, Stautzenberger College-Rockford Career College enrolls students in programs as a private institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The accreditation status of this institution is unknown.

    #7

    Lincoln Trail College

    Robinson, IL

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    797

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4098

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12082

    Lincoln Trail College, located in Robinson, Illinois, operates as a public institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 59%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Lincoln Trail College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Lincoln Christian University

    Lincoln, IL

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    672

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13590

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13590

    Lincoln Christian University ranks as a top school from its campus in Lincoln, Illinois. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school's academic and technical tracks help students meet diverse career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. Lincoln Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Elgin Community College

    Elgin, IL

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    9,931

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3180

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11959

    Located in Illinois, Elgin Community College offers 97 academic programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 35%. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #10

    Olney Central College

    Olney, IL

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    1,034

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4098

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12082

    From its campus in Olney, Illinois, Olney Central College grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Some programs may operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Olney Central College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #11

    Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences

    Rock Island, IL

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    175

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26075

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26075

    From its campus in Rock Island, Illinois, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers programs as a private institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #12

    McKendree University

    Lebanon, IL

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    2,292

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $31640

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $31640

    From its campus in Lebanon, Illinois, McKendree University offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. McKendree University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #13

    William Rainey Harper College

    Palatine, IL

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    13,477

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3774

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11754

    William Rainey Harper College enrolls students at its Palatine, Illinois campus as a public institution. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The public school reports a graduation rate of 34%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. William Rainey Harper College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #14

    Moraine Valley Community College

    Palos Hills, IL

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    13,032

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4446

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11436

    Located in Palos Hills, Illinois, Moraine Valley Community College attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. These policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. Moraine Valley Community College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #15

    Waubonsee Community College

    Sugar Grove, IL

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    8,665

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3312

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9860

    Located in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Waubonsee Community College often ranks among the best schools. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #16

    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Godfrey, IL

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    6,413

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3552

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12552

    Located in Godfrey, Illinois, Lewis and Clark Community College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 42%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. Lewis and Clark Community College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    College of Lake County

    Grayslake, IL

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    13,743

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4032

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12530

    A public institution, College of Lake County grants degrees from its campus in Grayslake, Illinois. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. College of Lake County has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #18

    Lake Land College

    Mattoon, IL

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    4,466

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4130

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13756

    From its campus in Mattoon, Illinois, Lake Land College grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Oakton Community College

    Des Plaines, IL

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    8,083

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3985

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12462

    A public institution, Oakton Community College grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Des Plaines, Illinois. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 22%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. Oakton Community College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #20

    Carl Sandburg College

    Galesburg, IL

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    1,925

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4810

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8002

    Carl Sandburg College ranks as a top school from its campus in Galesburg, Illinois. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. Carl Sandburg College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #21

    Benedictine University

    Lisle, IL

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    4,401

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $34290

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $34290

    Located in Lisle, Illinois, Benedictine University attracts students with their well-regarded programs. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Benedictine University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #22

    Rend Lake College

    Ina, IL

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    2,287

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4050

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6750

    A public institution, Rend Lake College enrolls students on its campus in Ina, Illinois. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Rend Lake College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #23

    Sauk Valley Community College

    Dixon, IL

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    1,616

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4680

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11970

    From its campus in Dixon, Illinois, Sauk Valley Community College enrolls students in programs as a public institution. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Sauk Valley Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #24

    Danville Area Community College

    Danville, IL

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    2,644

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5025

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8325

    Located in Danville, Illinois, Danville Area Community College operates as a public institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 43%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #25

    McHenry County College

    Crystal Lake, IL

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    7,473

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3584

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14383

    A public institution in Crystal Lake, Illinois, McHenry County College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The school reports a graduation rate of 28%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. McHenry County College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Taylor Business Institute

    Chicago, IL

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    106

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14325

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14325

    From its campus in Chicago, Illinois, Taylor Business Institute educates college students as a private institution. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #27

    Wabash Valley College

    Mount Carmel, IL

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    2,646

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4098

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12082

    From its campus in Mount Carmel, Illinois, Wabash Valley College educates students as a public institution. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The school's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Wabash Valley College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #28

    Quincy University

    Quincy, IL

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    1,148

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $30450

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30450

    Quincy University ranks as a top school from its campus in Quincy, Illinois. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. Quincy University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    Rock Valley College

    Rockford, IL

    Graduation Rate

    30%

    Enrollment

    6,092

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4064

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16994

    Located in Rockford, Illinois, Rock Valley College grants college degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students prepare to contribute to their field by completing courses. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Rock Valley College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #30

    Morton College

    Cicero, IL

    Graduation Rate

    19%

    Enrollment

    4,439

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4798

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10942

    Morton College, located in Cicero, Illinois, grants degrees and certificates as a public institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports a 19% graduation rate. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Morton College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.