Richland Community College, located in Decatur, Illinois, is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1971 as the Community College of Decatur.
The aim of the institution was to provide the citizens in the county an opportunity to receive a higher education. In 1975, the school changed to its present day name and moved to a permanent campus location. Today, the college works offer those in the Richland area and beyond a quality education that is affordable and accessible. Today, RCC enrolls around 3,500 students enrolled and the average age of attendance is 27. The student body population is around 42% female and 58% male.
Students come to RCC to earn an associate’s degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, prepare for the GED, earn a certificate, explore a new career, keep job skills current, or take courses that relate to personal interests. The school is comprehensive and provides a variety of academic and professional programs and services. A student can pursue the first two years of a baccalaureate education; take technical courses; as well as, earn certificates and degrees that are designed to provide job training, retraining, and upgrading of skills. Students are offered opportunities to acquire basic educational skills which prepare them to engage in college-level study. A student can take advantage of development programs and services that help them to identify educational and career goals, set realistic career paths, and develop skills necessary to achieve intellectual and personal growth.
The school is made up of divisions that cover a variety of different areas of study. The divisions are: Business & Technology; Communications, Humanities, Education & Fine Arts; Continuing and Professional Education; Health Professions; Mathematics & Sciences; and Workforce Development along with other service programs. Richland offers continuing and community education courses and programs, as well as community education activities and programs that aim to complement, enhance, and contribute to the growth and enrichment of students and the community. Community service activities and programs at Richland Community College promote linkages with business, industry, and governmental agencies.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
RCC offers programs in an online learning environment, as well. The online degree and certificate programs include: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Office Technology - Medical Transcription Specialty (certificate). Richland offers many courses in an online and hybrid format, as well as dual credit options.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Prospective students must fill out the application form to receive a student ID. Applicants must also send in transcripts and take a placement test. Richland Community College has an open admissions policy. Tuition is based off credit hour. Illinois residents pay $96 per credit hour, basic online students pay $140 per credit hour, and online nursing students pay $115 per credit hour. Out-of-state and international students all pay $96 per credit hour, and may have to pay an additional fee. Estimated costs for in-district students is $3,042 per academic year. In-state and out-of-state tuition and fees are estimated to be about $6,552 and $11,052 respectively. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Applicants are determined eligible through filling out a FAFSA. Aid can be received through scholarships, direct loans, grants, and work-study opportunities.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,440
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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