How can I attend City Colleges of Chicago at low or no cost? 

CHA public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher participants can obtain a degree or certificate from City Colleges of Chicago at low or no cost through a partnership between CHA and CCC called the Partners in Education program. Partners in Education Program Managers help residents with the enrollment process, academic advisement and referrals for career coaching when appropriate.  Eligible expenses include tuition, uniforms, books, and exam fees.   

Your first step to enroll in the Partners in Education Program is to attend an INFO SESSION
Click here for the 2017 Information Session Schedule 
Call 312.553.2830 to hear the schedule.

Seeking to enroll in the Partners in Education for the Fall 2017 Session? Please be aware of the deadlines below!

Session

First Day of Class

Voucher Request Deadline

Last Day to attend an mandatory Information Session

16 week

August 28, 2017

August 14, 2017

August 9, 2017

12 week

September 25, 2017

September 11, 2017

August 23, 2017

8 week

October 23, 2017

October 9, 2017

October 4, 2017

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Does CHA cover the costs for its residents to attend the City Colleges of Chicago?

A: Yes! CHA covers the cost - including tuition, uniforms, books, and exam fees - for its residents to attend City Colleges of Chicago through a program called Partners in Education.

To register for CHA’s Partners in Education program you must:

  • Attend an information session
  • Be a current resident in CHA’s Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program.
  • Have no previous debt with City Colleges of Chicago.
  • Apply for financial aid.  Financial aid is applied first, with CHA’s Partners in Education program covering any unmet costs.

Q: Where are information sessions held? What should I bring to an information session?

The full schedule of information sessions can be found here. Information sessions are held each Wednesday at a different CCC campus.  You can attend an information session at any campus to register for the program, regardless of the location you plan to attend for classes.

Information Sessions run 90 minutes in length.  You must attend on-time and for the entire duration of the session.  Being on-time shows that you are ready for school and value the investment being made in your education. As such, the doors to information sessions are closed at 5 minutes after the scheduled start time; late attendees will need to attend a later session.

Please bring a notebook and pen to take notes and know your CHA Client ID number.  If you are seeking to continue a previous program, please bring a copy of your transcript or previous academic records.

Q: What costs does CHA’s Partners in Education program cover?

A: The Partners in Education program covers all unmet costs, after financial aid is applied, including:

  • Tuition
  • Uniforms
  • Books
  • Exam Fees

Costs are paid through non-transferable CCC vouchers for use at registration and the online bookstore. You must first attend an information session to be registered to receive these vouchers.  

Q: Does CHA’s Partners in Education program cover the full cost of all CCC programs?

A: Nearly every program offered by CCC can be covered in full through CHA’s Partners in Education program.

CHA’s Partners in Education program covers costs of:

  • Remediation & GED Prep courses
  • Basic Certificate & Advanced Certificate programs, and
  • Associate Degree programs

There is a limit to cost per student per year within the Partners in Education program. The only program CCC offers that exceeds this cost per student per year is the French Pastry School.  For students interested in this program, only a portion of the costs are covered by CHA’s Partners in Education program. 

Q: What if I already registered for CCC courses on my own but want Partners in Education to pay for the cost?

A: CHA does not automatically pay for CCC courses for CHA residents.  CHA residents must register for the Partners in Education program first, in order to have tuition, uniforms, books, and exam fees covered.  To register in the Partners in Education program, you must attend an information session a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of your course to allow time for processing and verification.  The Partners in Education program does not cover previous debt or costs for courses that have been completed or are currently in progress.    

For any additional questions, please attend an info session or email education@thecha.org