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Late Registration Procedures — Credit Classes Only

The following guidelines apply to students who wish to register for credit classes after the schedule change period has ended and classes have begun to meet:

  • If the class is not full, students do not need an instructor’sconsent to register during the first two days of the term (up until 11:59 pm of second day). this applies to all standard session classes—16-week, 14-week, 12-week, first and second 8-week, and first and second session summer classes.
  • Students do not need instructor’s consent to register if a class has not yet met. (f or example, if a class meets thursday, friday, or saturday, students may register up to the time the class begins if space is available).
  • Registration is not permitted after the published last day to register (see dates on left of this page). Review your current class schedule to ensure you are officially enrolled in all classes you are attending.

Online:To start an online class, log in to desire2learn and select your class. your class begins on the start date listed in the schedule.

Overview

Prairie State College is a comprehensive community college with an open-door admissions policy for high school graduates and recipients of a GED (or the equivalent).

Currently enrolled high school students are also eligible to register for courses with written approval from their high school principal and parents plus approval from a guidance counselor. All entering students will meet with a counselor or advisor who will help them explore their interests and select a program that best meets their needs.

For those interested in personal interest, vocational, computer and continuing education classes, Prairie State College offers a wide range of non-credit classes. The College also offers adult education courses including GED, ESL, and ABE.

To get started with the enrollment process, select your student type from the “Type of Student” tab above.

Registration

Step 1. Apply. Complete an enrollment application online, or in person in Enrollment Services. Allow three days for processing the online application.

Step 2. Placement Test or ACT Scores. Students need to take the placement test for transfer programs and for correct placement in prerequisite courses, or bring in ACT scores that were earned in the past five years. The placement test determines your placement in English, math, and reading. No appointment is necessary. Contact the testing center for times at (708) 709-3558, or visit prairiestate.edu/compass.

Step 3. Transcripts. Send your official high school transcripts* to Enrollment Services.

Step 4. Advisor. Speak with an advisor to select courses and complete the registration form. No appointment necessary.

Step 5. Register. Register in person for courses in Enrollment Services.

Step 6. Payment. Pay tuition and fees in the Business Office, online through e-Cashier, or have a PSC financial aid award letter.

*Official transcripts are not required for enrollment at PSC, but it is recommended that official transcripts be evaluated as soon as possible to ensure adequate advising and progress towards a degree or certificate.

In some cases, the college recognizes knowledge obtained by means other than formal classroom learning. Depending on the area, this knowledge can be assessed by examination or other appropriate methods. Call the testing center at (708) 709-3558 for details.

General Admission Requirements

Deciding on a college is an important choice. PSC is a great place to start a college career.

Whether you’re a high school student, an adult juggling family and work responsibilities, changing careers and needing to retrain, someone in need of English-language training, or a lifelong learner seeking a personal interest class, PSC has something for everyone.

All new students entering college for the first time must provide evidence of a high school diploma or GED®, take the placement test, and speak with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Please note that ACT scores may be used for placement. Students need to speak with an academic advisor for further information.

PSC provides a full range of developmental courses and advising to help students enroll in baccalaureate transfer or career/technical programs.

New students, students on academic probation, and students who want to enroll in developmental courses must work with a PSC counselor or advisor prior to registering for classes. This step enables the counselor or advisor to help students with course selection and ensure they meet program and degree requirements. Visit the Counseling and Academic Advising Center or call (708) 709-3506 for more information.

Vaccination Requirements

Prairie State College does not require proof of immunization for enrollment. However, immunizations may be necessary prior to clinical placement in selected health programs. Contact the specific department for further information or visit the links below:

Residency Requirements

Prairie State College requires all credit students to certify their permanent residency, which is used to determine the applicable tuition rate. In order to be classified as a resident, students must reside in district for at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.*

Prairie State College, Illinois Community College District consist of the following communities: Beecher, Chicago Heights, Crete, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Glenwood, Homewood, Matteson, Monee, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Steger, University Park, and portions of Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Lynwood, and Tinley Park.

Students who move from outside the district and who obtain residency in Prairie State College’s district for reasons other than attending the College, shall be exempt from the 30 day requirement if they demonstrate, through documentation, a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency.**

If the College receives returned mail from the postal service that reflects an undeliverable status or one which would impact the tuition rate, the student will be required to provide two documents to verify their residency. The following are acceptable forms of documentation used to verify a student’s residency status:

  • Valid driver’s license or state identification card
  • Voters registration card
  • Current apartment lease/property tax bill
  • Current utility bill
  • Mail delivered to the residential address with a postmark date no older than four weeks

Please note that all proof of residency documents must reflect the student’s first and last name and the student’s current residential address. Registration activity may be restricted until proof of residency is received by the College. Additional forms of verification may be required if questions continue to arise regarding a student’s residency status. For additional information, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (708) 709-3516. *To use a PO Box mailing address, proof of residency must also be provided. **Additional documentation not reflected above may be required when outlining a verifiable interest in establishing a permanent residency within the district.

Type of Student

To apply and enroll at the college, please click your student type based on your previous college experience.
For help in Spanish contact Carlos Reyes at creyes5@prairiestate.edu or (708) 709-7777.


Step 1: Apply

Complete an enrollment application online, or complete one in person.

Step 2: Placement Test

 Contact the testing center for times at (708) 709-3558, or visit Placement Assessment Testing .

Step 3: Transcripts

Send your official high school transcripts* to the Enrollment Services Office.

Step 4: Advisor

Meet with an advisor to select courses and complete the registration form.

Step 5: Register

Register in person for courses in Enrollment Services.

Step 6: Payment

Pay tuition and fees in the Business Services Office.

Step 1: Apply

Complete an enrollment application online, or complete one in person.

Step 2: Transcripts

 Send your official high school transcripts* to the Enrollment Services Office.

Step 3: Placement Test

Contact the testing center for times at (708) 709-3558, or visit Placement Assessment Testing.

Step 4: Advisor

Meet with an advisor to select courses and complete the registration form.

Step 5: Register

Register in person for courses in Enrollment Services.

Step 6: Payment

Pay tuition and fees in the Business Services Office.
View additional information regarding transferability of coursework on the below link.
View Frequently Asked Questions | Transfer Coursework

Step 1: Advisor

Meet with an academic advisor.  Discuss your academic program and select your courses.

Step 2: Register

Fill out the registration form (147KB PDF) and register in the Enrollment Services Office or register online via Web Advisor.

Step 3: Payment

Pay tuition and fees in the Business Services Office.

Step 4: Report

Report address and phone number changes.  Visit Enrollment Services. ID required.

Step 1: Apply

Complete an enrollment application online, or complete one in person.

Step 2: Transcripts

Send your official high school transcripts* to the Enrollment Services Office.

Step 3: Register

Register in person for courses in Enrollment Services.

Step 4: Payment

Pay tuition and fees in the Business Services Office.

Undocumented Students

According to Illinois House Bill 60, an undocumented student in Illinois may receive in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities, provided they meet the following requirements:

  1. The student has resided with his or her parent or guardian while attending public or private high school;
  2. The student has graduated from an Illinois public or private high school or received a GED from Illinois;
  3. The student has attended an Illinois high school for at least three years; and
  4. The student provides the university with an affidavit stating that he or she will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States once he or she becomes eligible. Download a copy of the affidavit.

Scholarships

Undocumented students may be eligible to receive privately funded merit scholarships or grant aid. They are not eligible to receive state and federal financial aid.

  • Students should begin looking for scholarships as early as possible.
  • Contact individuals, groups, or colleges/universities about resources that may be available.

The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship: The goal of The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship is to create access to financial funding to further the educational growth and development for undocumented students. It provides scholarships to undocumented students who are incoming freshmen or current undergraduates that have at least a 2.5 GPA (on a 4 point scale).

Find out how to apply for The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship by downloading this undocumented student's guide (PDF).

The Illinois DREAM Act also makes the State’s 529 college savings and prepaid tuition programs available to Illinoisans with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, regardless of whether they have social security numbers.  This means that those undocumented Illinoisans with ITINs will be allowed to participate in both the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program and the Bright Start and Bright Directions college savings plans.

For more information:

If you want to register in college credit courses please contact:

Goli Rahmani
Enrollment Advisor / High School Recruiter / International Students
(708) 709-7809

If you have not yet obtained a High School diploma or GED please contact:

Teresa Guia
Transition Specialist / Adult Education
(708) 709-3721

If you are looking for tuition assistance please contact the PSC foundation:

Deborah Smith Havighorst
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and the PSC Foundation
(708) 709-7918

Guest Student (Summer Only)

Students away at four-year colleges and universities who are home for the summer can register for classes at Prairie State College. We offer many of the same general education course requirements at a fraction of the cost of public (state) and private colleges and universities. Course options include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history, math and much more. Classes are offered days, evenings, and online.

Before registering, please view our Guest Student Checklist.


Step 1: Apply

Complete an enrollment application online, or complete one in person.

Step 2: Advisor

Send your official high school transcripts* to the Enrollment Services Office.

Step 3: Register

Register in person for courses in Enrollment Services.

Step 4: Payment

Pay tuition and fees in the Business Services Office.

Step 5: Transcripts

Send your official transcripts* to the Enrollment Services Office from home college.

FAQs for Summer Only Students
For more information or questions contact Enrollment Services (708) 709-3516

Prairie State College offers a wide variety of non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops. It's all part of our commitment to serve the community by providing educational, informational, cultural, and recreational activities that appeal to special interests. Students may learn vocational skills, enhance their personal growth, or explore vocational pursuits.

Register for non-credit courses