Your son's or daughter's education is of paramount importance to you. Rend Lake College offers the high quality instruction you demand at a fraction of the cost of four-year universities. Your son or daughter can choose from more than 100 degree and certificate programs, whether the goal is to transfer to a university or to directly enter the workforce.

Thousands of students receive financial aid in some form each year, from grants to scholarships to loans, making the college experience more affordable. Taking your first two years at RLC usually costs about one quarter of what those same two years would cost at a four-year university. In addition, our Textbook Rentalprogram can save you hundreds of dollars.

Members of our trained advisement staff are available to meet with you and your son or daughter to formulate an educational plan and answer any questions you have. You can reach us at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266, or at  . It would be our pleasure to share the Rend Lake College experience with your family.

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Terry Wilkerson

Rend Lake College    

Student Support


Financial Aid 

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Congratulations on your decision to attend Rend Lake College. RLC Financial Aid is here to help you figure out how you are going to pay for it. Learn about tuition and costs, types of aid available and how to apply. Get connected with our staff to become a master at managing your college finances.  

Dual Credit

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The cost of a college education is consistently on the rise. We understand that. The Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment opportunities for area high school students save families hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. This program has saved area students millions of dollars since it was started. Find out what your student needs to do to get his or her foot in the door early and save big. 


 Student Services

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Every student needs to be familiar with Financial Aid, Academic Advisement, and Student Records. But there are many more support services for students at RLC. Browse for areas of Student Services you want to learn more about.  


Take A Look


Schedule A Visit 

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Get on board with one of our public events set up to connect you with campus. Or perhaps you would like a private tour of our facilities, led by a knowledgeable staff member. Either way, you'll quickly see why we are a college big enough for your objective and small enough to get to know you.  

Award Winning

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Rend Lake College again made the list of the top 150 community colleges in the nation. The Aspen Institute says RLC achieves Community College Excellence in student success rates, first-year retention, three-year graduation, and credentials awarded. More about the award.


 News & Events

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We want you to know about what's happening at RLC. Learn about events coming up. Read about our fantastic students and faculty, and what they're doing lately. The best way to be in the know at RLC is to link up with RSS on news & events. Go forth. Be informed.   


Youth Services


Children's Center 

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The Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center offers care to children 6 weeks to 5 years old throughout the school year. Summer care is available to children up to 12 years old. Recently reaccredited for five more years by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Project CHILD

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Improve access to education for caregivers, improve the quality of early childhood care. Project CHILD offers access to training, support and resources to make your journey along the professional development path a success. Whatever you professional support needs, Project CHILD can help. 


 Kid's Camps

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Blastoff! Garbage Pail Science. Music, martial arts, basketball, baseball and more! Unplug and get your body and brain moving with Kid's Camps, each summer at RLC.    


Liberal Arts