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27210 College Rd, Centralia, IL

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Kaskaskia College, located in Centralia, Illinois, was founded in 1965 as the first junior college established after the states created the Public Junior College Law allowing residents in a given area the ability to vote to establish a junior college district. Upon its formation the college took over operations of Centralia Junior College, which had been part of Centralia's high school district, assuming its resources and responsibilities while expanding its service are to the counties of counties of Marion, Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. Over the years the school has expanded its service area to cover four more counties in part or whole. The school is a public two year institution providing residents of its service area support through education, economic development and cultural growth.


Kaskaskia College offers a large number of programs providing students the resources and curriculums to assist in achieving their academic or career goals. Academic programs at the school provide students with a low cost alternative for the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education. Once these two years are completed students may apply to a college or university of their choosing to complete their final two years and earn their bachelor's degree. As a public institution in the state of Illinois, transfer to public four year institutions is facilitated through academic advising which will outline which courses need to be taken in order to maximize transferability to a Illinois public institution.

Career programs provide students an education in one of a number of high demand professions. Such programs prepare students through classroom courses as well as practical training, allowing students to become accustomed to work environments they may enter and to prepare them with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties professionally. Such programs take between one and two year to complete, graduates of which are capable of entering the work force immediately  having earned a certificate or degree to demonstrate their qualifications.

Programs offered include:

The school also offers adult education courses for individuals wishing to return to school and complete their high school education and continuing education courses for professionals seeking to refresh or update their knowledge or fulfill a requirement for a renewal of certification or licensure.

Admissions and Financial Aid

As a open enrollment institution all students who meet the minimum requirements for enrollment will be accepted upon successful submission of the admissions application. Students should also submit transcripts and test scores. Once enrolled, it is recommended students participate in orientation and meet with academic advisor prior to registration, which begins shortly before the start of each semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of financial aid must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) three months prior to the start of the school year. The resulting student aid report will be used to determine aid eligibility and award, which will be disbursed after accuracy of the information provided is confirmed.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $2,900-$3,500
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$14,980
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $92-$110 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $390-$470 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$4,150
Receiving Student Loans16%$3,884

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Student Services

To help students and alumni, Kaskaskia College may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Illinois, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 KCClinton CountyIllinois
Graduation Rate42.1%-23.3%
Transfer-out Rate14.0%-26.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1995)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1996)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1985)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

  • Executive Assistant, Executive Secretary (A)
  • Commerce (A)
  • Accounting (A, C)
  • General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (C)
  • Data Entry Technology (A, C)
  • Office Management (C)
  • Accounting and Business and Management (C)
  • Retailing and Retail Operations (C)

Communication Technology

  • Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator Production (C)

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


  • Teacher Assistant (A)


Engineering Technology

  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical Drafting and Electrical cad (C)
  • Architectural Drafting cad (A, C)
  • Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting cad (C)
  • Cad Drafting (C)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Care Provider (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (A)

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Administrative Assistant (C)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cosmetology (C)
  • Culinary Arts (C)
  • Food Preparation and Professional Cooking (C)
  • Food Service and Dining Room Management (C)

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

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