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BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE ADMISSION APPLICATION, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION TO REND LAKE COLLEGE.

Residency Requirements

Tuition charges at Rend Lake College are based on the residency of the individual. Students are classified in one of three ways: in-district student, out-of-district student or out-of-state student. More information about residency can be found here.

In-District Student

Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States and have occupied a dwelling within the district for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester will be classified as residents of the Rend Lake College district.

The college is comprised of the following high school districts: Benton, Christopher, Hamilton County, Mt. Vernon, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, Pinckneyville, Sesser-Valier, Thompsonville, Waltonville, Wayne City, Webber, Woodlawn, Zeigler-Royalton.

In order to verify residency information, a certification statement is included requiring a signature on the New Student Enrollment Form which reads as follows: "By checking in-district, I am certifying that I have been a resident of the RLC District (own or occupy a dwelling in the district) for 30 days prior to THE BEGINNING OF CLASSES." Also, above the signature line, the following statement is included: "I understand that withholding or falsifying information on this application may result in ineligibility for admission to or dismissal from Rend Lake College. I further certify that all information on this application is complete and correct." Appropriate follow-up will be pursued by college personnel if deemed necessary to verify this certification, including sending correspondence to the mailing address and placing registration "holds" for proof of residency.

Rend Lake College will accept the following forms of residency documentation when evidence of residency is requested: driver's license, automobile license registration, voter registration card, proof of ownership and/or occupancy of a residence, utility or telephone bill, property tax statement, or other item providing address verification as determined acceptable by the Director of Student Records. In some instances, students may need to review their property tax statement for residency status.

Out-of-District Student

Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States and whose residence is outside the boundaries of the Rend Lake College district shall be classified as out-of-district students.

Out-of-district Illinois students are charged a tuition fee equal to 150% of the highest in-district tuition rate of any neighboring contiguous community college.

The tuition charged will vary from year to year based on the highest tuition assessed by neighboring community colleges. Official tuition rates can be found here.

In addition, the out-of-district tuition may be waived for a student who is enrolled in a course being provided under terms of a contract for services between the employer and the college.

Out-of-State Student

Students who have not occupied a dwelling within the State of Illinois for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester or who declare their permanent residence to be outside the State of Illinois are classified as out-of-state residents.

The tuition charged will vary from year to year based on the actual in-district tuition rate. The actual tuition charged is determined by March for the coming school year. Applicable fees associated with certain classes also will be charged to the students.

In addition, the out-of-state tuition may be waived for a student who is enrolled in a course being provided under terms of a contract for services between the employer and the college.

Veterans Residency

Per Public Act 098-0306, students utilizing federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance and the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30) shall be deemed an in-district resident for tuition purposes. Veterans also will receive priority advisement and registration.

These worksheets detail the requirements for Associate degrees of Science (AS), Arts (AA), Fine Arts (AFA), and Engineering Science (AES) offered at RLC.

The worksheets will help you plan your semesters at RLC.

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


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Rend Lake College maintains an open enrollment policy that provides access to higher education for those individuals who can benefit from its comprehensive programs. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study because students may have to meet specific requirements for entrance into certain programs. In addition, students are required to complete specified prerequisites prior to enrollment in certain courses. There is no discrimination in the admission or recruitment of students on the basis of age, disability, marital status, military status, citizenship status, national origin, race, religion, sex or other legally protected status.

Prospective students should enroll in advance of their expected start date for better class selection. Students enrolling in degree programs will be placed according to test scores in effect at the time of registration. Enrollment forms are available at the college, on the college’s website HERE and at high schools in the RLC district.

Applicants for a certificate or an associate’s degree from Rend Lake College should submit official transcripts from colleges they have attended. Students taking college-level courses must demonstrate college-level competency in language, reading and mathematics. Students entering a degree program or enrolling in a math or English course can determine placement with COMPASS/ASSET scores or ACT/SAT scores.

I am a High School Graduate or GED Recipient

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form, either by printing, or online.
  2. Submit official high school transcript with graduation posted or GED certificate.
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  4. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Transfer Student from an Accredited College

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit ASSET, COMPASS, ACT or SAT placement scores or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  3. Submit official high school transcript with graduation posted or GED certificate.
  4. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Student Records from all colleges previously attended.
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Student Currently Enrolled in High School

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit official high school transcript.
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  4. Secure permission of high school official to attend Rend Lake College and submit a completed authorization form to the Office of Student Records
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Non-High School Graduate 18 Years of Age or Older

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit official GED certificate. (NOTE: New students 18 years of age and older who do not have a high school diploma or GED will be admitted as a pre-college student until high school equivalency is obtained.)
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center
  4. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Home-Schooled Student or High School-Age Student Not Attending High School

A home-schooled student is defined as an applicant who has officially severed his or her relationship with the district secondary education provider but is completing or has completed a home-study program believed to be the equivalent of a high school diploma or GED certification. This program must include, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, mathematics, social science and science. Students must be juniors or seniors and/or 16 years of age or older to attend Rend Lake College.

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment form.
  2. Provide yearly documentation stating the student has never had or has officially severed his or her connection with the school system. A verification form can be obtained from the Rend Lake College Academic Advisement Center.
  3. Provide any transcripts available to document credit or completion of secondary education. 
  4. Submit placement test, ACT or SAT scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am an International Student

Prospective international students who wish to attend Rend Lake College must enroll in an associate degree program; must provide proof of secondary education completion; must provide proof of financial support for tuition, fees, books, supplies and living expenses for two academic years at the current estimated cost rate; and have a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

Prospective students should first contact a Primary Designated School Official / Designated School Official at signifying interest in obtaining an associate degree at Rend Lake College. The PDSO / DSO will send the Intent Agreement to the prospective student.

The following forms must be received by the DSO in order to issue an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status) to an international student for the purpose of obtaining an F-1 visa:

  • Intent Agreement
  • Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form
  • Proof of completion of secondary education in English translation
  • International student financial statement
  • Financial documentation for financial statement in English translation
  • Any other official documentation indicating visa and passport status

International students must have a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL, and must meet all degree program requirements. International students must provide documentation that the student has met TOEFL guidelines or provide certification that English is the student’s first language.

If you're a continuing student, there are two ways for you to register for classes, depending on your situation and preference.

Advisor-Assisted Option

  1. Create your tentative schedule using a class schedule, also available from the Student Records Office on campus.
  2. Make an appointment with an academic advisor for finalizing your schedule of classes.
  3. Review your degree requirements.
  4. Arrange for payment of tuition and fees.
  5. Rent or buy your textooks and purchase supplies at the Textbook Store and Retail Center in the Academic building.

Self-Advisement Option

As a continuing student, you can self-advise by completiting a registration form and submitting it to the Student Records Office IF:

  • You have completed or, through your current enrollment will reach, a total of 30 credit hours
  • You have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average
  • You have completed any and all required college preparatory classes

NOTE: Students on academic probation must obtain an advisor's signature to register for the next semester. Other exceptions to the self-advisement option may apply.

Registering for the first time


1. Complete a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment form.

2. Submit your official high school transcript with graduation posted or GED certificate.

3. Submit your ACT or SAT scores or arrange for placement testing in the Academic Advisement Center.

3. Submit official transcripts from any other colleges you have attended.

4. Make an appointment with an academic advisor or your faculty advisor when you are ready to set up your schedule. Visit Career Services to discuss career development and goal setting, educational planning, and accessing campus services and activities.

5. Arrange for payment of tuition and fees by

6. Get your Student ID from the Learning Resource Center or from Student Records in the Baker Administration Building. You will need a picture identification (driver’s license or state issued I.D.) and a class schedule to do so. The replacement cost for a Student ID is $10. Your Student ID and current schedule of classes are required to rent or purchase textbooks.

7. Rent or buy textbooks and purchase the supplies you need at our Bookstore and Retail Center on the first floor of the Academic Building.

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