Partners in Education Program



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 a INFO SESSION WEBINAR

You may also join our Education Team as they host CCC recruiters virtually, presenting on CCC enrollment, programs and student support services throughout spring and early summer 2021. 

Call (312) 553-2830 to hear the schedule.

FALL 2021 PARTNERS IN EDUCATION INFORMATION WEEK (August 16, 2021-August 20, 2021)

12 Information Sessions will be held to ensure you are prepared to register for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.

Partners in Education PLUS

Partners in Education PLUS  maximizes academic, professional, and financial support for CHA residents to attend City Colleges of Chicago and complete their associate degree.

In academic year 2020-2021, we will welcome over 100 Partners in Education students to receive the added benefits of stipend and support from One Million Degrees in our Partners in Education PLUS program.

Please view our Partners in Education PLUS page by clicking here for additional information and to view eligibility requirements.

The New Fresh Start Initiative - CCC new debt forgiveness program

The City Colleges of Chicago has launched their Fresh Start Initiative, a debt forgiveness program for more than 21,000  City Colleges students who attended City Colleges in the last ten years in good standing but have debt that prevents them from completing their degree or certificate. Please click here and see if you qualify and if you do, you can complete the “Contact Us” form.

As a CHA resident, you may also qualify for the Partners in Education Program which will cover the cost of tuition and required books/materials. Please contact the Partners in Education team at for more information on eligibility.

Seeking to enroll in the Partners in Education for the FALL 2021 Session? Please be aware of the deadlines below!


Classes Start

Registration Deadline

Voucher Request Deadline

Last day to attend mandatory information session

Fall 16 Week

August 30th, 2021

August 26th, 2021

August 12th, 2021

August 4th, 2021

Fall 12 Week

September 27th, 2021

September 23rd , 2021

September 15th, 2021

September 8th, 2021

Fall 8 Week

October 25th, 2021

October 21st, 2021

October 14th, 2021

October 6th, 2021


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.    

Q: If I already have a previous Associates Degree (or Bachelors Degree or higher) and want to return to school for a new degree or credential, can I still receive support from the Partners in Education program?

A: The goal of the Partners in Education program is to support CHA residents to receive their first Associates degree or Credential, debt-free. For residents who already have an Associate’s Degree (or higher) only a very limited amount of support is available through our Partners in Education program. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, wherein students who are awarded assistance can receive support for up to a maximum of 12-credit hours in total. Please note, this assistance is primarily awarded to Associates Degree students seeking to take a limited number of prerequisite courses prior to transferring to a 4-year institution to complete their Bachelors. Please attend an INFO SESSION and notify the program manager that you already have a degree and they will direct you with the appropriate next steps.

For any additional questions, please attend an info session, call (312) 786-3409, or email