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Using College Illinois!® Benefits

When a student has prepaid tuition benefits available for use, College Illinois!® will send the student an information package and a Handbook about using prepaid tuition. The prepaid tuition account must be paid in full before any benefits may be used.

Each College Illinois! account includes a specific number of tuition credit hours and mandatory fee payments. Each semester purchased is the equivalent of 15 credit hours and one mandatory fee payment. Semester hours can be converted into quarter hours for those institutions operating on a quarterly schedule and trimester hours for those institutions operating on a trimester schedule.

Eligible Schools

Within Illinois, College Illinois! benefits can be used at any MAP-eligible institution. Benefits may also be used at out-of-state colleges and universities as long as the school is a nonproprietary institution, provides a minimum of an organized two-year program at the postsecondary level and is eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

College Illinois! works differently for students attending a private or out-of-state college or university than for students attending an Illinois public university or community college. Once the student knows which type of school he/she will attend, they should follow the instructions in the student Handbook.

College Illinois! is intended to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for full- or part-time undergraduate study. While the program does not offer prepaid tuition plans to cover graduate study, benefits may be applied to graduate student tuition and fees, but will be paid out at the undergraduate tuition rate.

How to Apply Benefits and Payment

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the school’s billing office about his/her intention to use College Illinois! benefits so the school can bill the program for the tuition and mandatory fees covered by the prepaid tuition contract. Payment will be made directly to the school from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) via the Illinois State Comptroller’s Office.

If a student intends to use prepaid tuition benefits at your school, but the school has never requested payment from College Illinois!, please contact a College Illinois! representative at 877.877.3724, option 2. The program representative will provide the specific information needed to verify a student’s eligibility and submit an invoice for payment. 

College Illinois! offers an invoice form which the school can use to submit a tuition and fee invoice each term.  This invoice form allows the school to type the required information before printing the form.  The invoice can then be submitted to College Illinois! via fax or e-mail as outlined on the form. By using this form, it will ensure that the program has all information needed in order to pay the program’s portion of a student’s tuition and fees.