Special Tuition Programs

APPLY ONLINE NOWThe College has several special programs for eligible individuals. Some waivers provide individuals with the opportunity to enroll in programs at special tuition rates, while others offer a tuition-free course. Eligible individuals for any of the below programs must pay a one-time $20 fee when registering, as well as all corresponding lab, student development, and instructional technology fees. Verification of residence must also be provided. All students who plan to register must complete the application process. Any student without a user name and password for the My SSC portal should contact the Office of Admissions (main campus) at (708) 210-5718.

For more information on any of these special programs, visit or call the Office of Admissions.

Free Class

Free Class Waiver (Updated 8/19/16)

The Free Class is available to first time credit students residing in District 510, Lake County, IN, or those who qualify for the Chicago Regional Rate.  This Free Class applies to tuition only, does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours and may not be used for summer term unless you are a high school student.  Individuals must not be receiving any state or federal financial aid or employer subsidies. May require Placement Testing prior to registration.  The Free Class Form must be verified in the Registration Department then delivered to Financial Aid for processing before payment due date of the course.

Academic Achievement Waiver

Academic Achievement Waiver Form

In June 2004, the Board approved a waiver to all students who previously used a waiver, earning a grade of “B” or better in the class reflected by the past waiver. This waiver is the Academic Achievement Waiver to recognize the academic excellence of the student in question for that course in particular. This is limited to tuition only for one course and does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours. The student is responsible for all books, lab fees, registration fee, student development fees, and instructional technology fees. This is a one time opportunity and cannot be combined with state or federal financial aid or employer subsidy programs.

Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce

Employees of businesses that are members of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, but who reside outside of the District, may enroll in courses at the $145.00 per credit hour in-district tuition rate (effective Fall 2017). Any individual interested in the program must bring a verification letter on official company stationery (each semester) to the Registration Center.

Human Success Waiver

Human Success Waiver

In October, 2002, the Board approved a waiver for SSC students who are approved for participation in the Human Success project to complete their high school diploma. A student must complete the Placement Test, the Human Success Tuition Waiver Application form and obtain a signature of an SSC Counselor. This is a one-time offer for tuition only and does not apply to courses of more than 5 credit hours. Students must pay for all fees and books. Applications are available in the Registration, Counseling and the Admissions Office of the College.

In-District Employee Program

Employees of businesses located within District 510, but who reside outside of the District, may enroll in courses at the $145 per credit hour in-district tuition rate. Any individual interested in the program must bring a verification letter on official company stationery (each semester) to the Registration Center.

Non-credit courses

Fees charged for non-credit courses are based on nature and length of course. Exact charges are listed on the schedules announcing these courses.

Senior Citizen Waiver

District 510 residents age 62 and over are eligible to enroll in credit and non-credit courses (except Private Applied Music lessons) free of tuition charges only, provided that classroom space is available, and a sufficient number of tuition-paying students enroll to conduct the course. Students using this waiver are still responsible for all student development, instructional technology, registration, laboratory and course fees, as well as books.