Paying for College

From setting up a payment plan, to offering convenient ways to pay, learn how you can get started.

Payment Options

Payment in full may be made online, in-person, by mail, or using our drop box.


Set up a Payment Plan

Not ready to pay in full? Set up a payment plan to make paying for college easier. To get started, log in to Self Service to set up a payment plan. This will allow you to pay your tuition and fees monthly, using a credit card or bank account.

The earlier you sign up, the lower your monthly payments! And, the monthly payment program is not a loan, so you do not pay any interested. It's a pay-as-you-go plan that only costs $25 per semester.

Tuition & Fees

Learn more about the costs associated with attending Rock Valley College. Tuition is charged per semester hour and varies depending on residency.

Tuition & Fees Residency Requirements

Financial Aid

Nearly half of our students receive some financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment programs. This can help defray the costs of your courses, books, and living expenses. Learn more about Financial Aid.

Employee Sponsorship

Many organizations offer some sort of educational assistance, often as a tuition reimbursement program, to their employees, but not all take advantage of this opportunity. Rock Valley College makes sponsorship easy, by setting up a direct billing style to best suit your organization's policy. We also offer customized training. For more information, contact Rylee Antczak at or (815) 921-4417.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rock Valley College does not mail paper bills. Your tuition bill is available for viewing on your Self Service account. Log in to your student account and use the “View Accounts and Make Payments” link, then select “Account Activity”. You may call Accounts Receivable to request a statement to be mailed. Failure to receive a bill does not dismiss obligation of payment by the due date.

If you have received an award letter from Financial Aid, your student account will reflect the anticipated funds and your classes will not be dropped. If you have not received an award letter, and your financial aid is still pending, you must pay in full or sign up for the payment plan or classes may be dropped.

You are both financially and academically responsible to drop your classes by the drop deadline. If an unforeseen circumstance prevented you from completing the semester, you can try to petition the charges by filling out a tuition appeal with Records and Registration.

Rock Valley College does not accept partial payments on an upcoming semester. If you mail a partial payment, we will return it to you. If you are unable to make a full tuition you may set up a payment plan on your Self Service account.

Payment is ultimately the responsibility of the student. Due to federal regulation, the college is unable to release information without the student's permission. In order to pay your child’s tuition you must find out the balance owed from the student.

No, credit balances are automatically refunded to you in check form.

How early you sign up for your payment plan determines the options available. If you set up a payment plan on the last due date, only the 50% down with one remaining payment is available. To find the options and payment amounts use the “Payment Plans” link in Self Service. Please review your contract before submitting.

The payment dates are on the 5th of each month and cannot be changed. If a payment is attempted on the 5th and returned to Nelnet they will reattempt on the 20th of the month. There will be a $25 returned payment fee assessed for each missed payment attempt.

Nelnet specifies the date each payment will occur, but it is your financial institution that determines the time of day the payment is debited. If a payment date falls on a weekend or banking holiday, the payment will be attempted the following business day.

RVC will update Nelnet of any registration changes on your account and your payments will be adjusted up or down accordingly. Nelnet will send an email to the email address you provided when they receive notification of change.

You can make partial payments on a past due account. To avoid being sent to collections you must make monthly payments towards your balance.

RVC has been working with The CMI Group (formerly named The Affiliated Group) collection agency in effort to collect past due monies owed. The collection agency will report your outstanding balances until the debt is brought to a zero balance. Payments can be made to either CMI Group or to RVC directly. If you decide to pay at RVC we will notify the collection agency of any monies collected.

In addition to our collection agency, Rock Valley College is working with the Illinois Department of Revenue to collect past due monies. This can be collected from state tax refund, lottery winnings, or vendor payment. Money due will continue to be collected until the balance is paid in full.

Once a payment becomes past due a hold is placed on your account blocking any registration and diplomas. As soon as you bring your balance to $0 the hold will be removed. Holds are removed manually. If you have made an online payment in full, please contact Accounts Receivable at (815) 921-4414 to have your restriction removed.

Your 1098-T form will be available electronically for view and print in Self Service by January 31 of each year. Select “View My 1098-T Forms” and choose a year to view.

Rock Valley College is required to file Form 1098-T with the IRS for each student who paid for qualified tuition. Any tax related questions should be discussed with a tax professional or the IRS.

RVC’s Federal Identification Number is 36-2557781. This number can also be found on the 1098-T form.