Paying for College

Concerned about college costs? We get it. But at Oakton, we’re committed to making a great education as affordable as possible. Our tuition is among the lowest in the region, and we offer many ways to bring your costs down even more. And we’re here to help at every step of the way.

You can save thousands of dollars on your college education by enrolling at Oakton. 

A chart that showcases Tuition per Semester Hour. Oakton is in green with the ones below showcased in grey. Oakton: $136.25. Northern Illinois University: $360.80. Illinois State University: $384.13. Northeastern Illinois University: $420.44. DePaul University: $688.00. North Central College: $1,340.00

Financial Aid

Grants, loans and other forms of assistance can significantly reduce your costs.

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Earning a scholarship means getting free money, because you don’t have to pay it back.

Learn about Scholarships


Payment Options

Pay your tuition all at once, or spread out your payments over the course of the academic term—the choice is yours.

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Tuition and Fees

Our costs are among the lowest in the region. Here’s how they break down.

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Cost of Attendance 

A student's cost to attend college, "cost of attendance," includes tuition and fees, as well as living expenses such as food, housing, and transportation.

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                                Check out our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate for the cost of your Oakton experience.

Contact Us

Cashier Office Location and Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Room 1860, Des Plaines
The College is closed Friday through Sunday during the summer.

If you have questions about your bill, call the Cashier’s Office at 847.635.1639 or email

Note: Oakton limits connections from outside the U.S. to many of its systems, including myOakton. If you plan to be out of the country for part or all of a term, you cannot pay your bill, check your grades, register, or perform other transactions usually accessible through myOakton. In addition, some online classes are not accessible from outside the U.S.