Prairie State College in Chicago Heights

Chicago Heights, IL

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Prairie State College offers 192-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 42.1% are women, and 57.9% are men. Prairie State College is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Prairie State College is 7858$, that is at the level of national average. 14% of full-time Prairie State College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $28,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Prairie State College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Prairie State College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$7,097
$30,001 - $48,000$7,658
$48,001 - $75,000$11,048
$75,001 - $110,000$12,579



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2388 of Prairie State College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 52 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Prairie State College number 65 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at Prairie State College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Prairie State College.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


Prairie State College graduation rate is below the national average.

14% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Prairie State College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Prairie State College is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Prairie State College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Prairie State College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Illinois.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Prairie State College offers 192 programs in total: 87 are for less than 1-year certificate programs, 57 - for Associate's degree, and 48 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


Prairie State College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3994 students with 119815 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Prairie State College

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The staff are rude and disrespectful. The facility grounds are always covered in litter and trash. The quality of teaching has significantly declined since 2008. Focus is on increasing tuition and student enrollment while decreasing teaching resources. Teachers are inexperienced and uninterested in anything other than reading the teacher manual and answer key. More online classes being pushed to increase profits. Don't go here. Not even for a non credit adult education class. Not worth it at all anymore.

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Very difficult to get any information out of the offices and very difficult to get into contact with them. The business office mixed up my payments and refused to fix them and made me pay twice.

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Great choice for learning!

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Overall Rating:

I'd rate p state a three only because yes the financial aid department and the people who don't care about your financial status are truly a joke. The teachers are amazing. A great tip would be to go to everyone of your classes even if you hate it because there is an almost garantee that you will end up passing the class. The officers in there are only doing there job and don't care about anything as long as you are doing the right thing obviously the students are really nice and are also there to help.

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Overall Rating:

I went here for one semester and wished I could have gone my entire college career (my parents wanted me to come back to Springfield to finish my two year degree though). I grew up in Chicago Heights and always said I would never go here, but couldn’t have been happier there. The entire staff was kind and capable. I had very good and helpful professors. Compared to my other college experiences, I felt like these were the professors that were actually routing for me. I signed up late for classes, but the advisor still gave me great options for classes and got me and no problem! All the students were so nice and it was a very accessible school. I love how all my classes were in one building. As an art student, I felt like I had very good programs and I learned a lot. The work loads were never too much to handle and I was able to take a full course load.

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Location & Website

Address: 202 South Halsted Street


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7087093500

Institution is active in current year: 1

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