Illinois’ top-spending two-year school spent $2.3 million per graduate in 2016

Three colleges in Chicago spent more per graduate of all Illinois two-year schools during the 2016 academic year, according to the latest data compiled from U.S. Department of Education and Illinois State Comptroller tracking the performance and spending at 48 Illinois community colleges.

With an annual budget of $69,244,625 and 30 graduates in 2016, Olive Harvey spent $2.3 million per graduate. Malcolm X spent $1.1 million per graduate and Wilbur Wright spent $931,298 per graduate.

Community colleges, also called junior colleges, technical colleges or city colleges, are primarily two-year public institutions. They grant certificates, diplomas and associate’s degrees.

Illinois schools enrolled 304,173 students in 2016, and 17,242 graduated. Taxpayers spent $2.926 billion to operate these schools – or $169,718 per graduate.

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Illinois community college spending

SchoolCityEnrollmentAnnual graduatesAnnual BudgetSpending per graduate
Olive HarveyChicago2,97930$69,244,625$2,324,425
Malcolm XChicago6,18362$67,623,666$1,093,703
Wilbur WrightChicago10,155102$94,573,272$931,298
Prairie State CollegeChicago Heights4,48467$54,100,884$804,355
Joliet Junior CollegeJoliet15,383308$204,990,988$666,291
Harry TrumanChicago8,998135$77,012,101$570,587
Oakton Community CollegeDes Plaines9,443236$122,626,354$519,438
Morton CollegeCicero4,397110$47,511,296$432,216
Heartland Community CollegeNormal5,282158$62,300,256$393,161
College of DuPageGlen Ellyn26,901942$303,194,043$322,021
Rock Valley CollegeRockford7,699346$110,465,549$318,845
College of Lake CountyGrayslake14,768517$160,568,282$310,649
Harold Wash.Chicago8,486212$65,097,850$306,848
Kennedy-KingChicago3,472260$75,357,058$289,390
South Suburban CollegeSouth Holland3,70374$19,242,032$259,817
Illinois Valley Community CollegeOglesby3,206144$37,405,462$259,274
Harper CollegePalatine14,142707$178,053,210$251,808
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakee3,078185$43,881,169$237,607
Richard J. DaleyChicago7,407333$74,768,190$224,317
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos Hills15,021676$137,110,312$202,842
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBelleville9,515571$103,596,576$181,462
John A. Logan CollegeCarterville4,424310$54,479,492$175,922
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfield5,744431$73,445,971$170,487
Richland Community CollegeDecatur2,839227$34,477,308$151,802
Elgin Community CollegeElgin9,918793$118,340,291$149,148
Waubonsee Community CollegeSugar Grove10,081655$69,025,735$105,340
Danville Area Community CollegeDanville2,666267$27,934,614$104,781
Kishwaukee CollegeMalta3,775208$21,354,760$102,853
Illinois Central CollegeEast Peoria9,290604$58,460,436$96,813
Shawnee Community CollegeUllin1,824137$13,053,051$95,417
Highland Community CollegeFreeport1,857149$13,894,858$93,530
Rend Lake CollegeIna2,489473$42,549,851$89,975
Black Hawk CollegeMoline5,613393$34,898,907$88,822
Southeastern Illinois CollegeHarrisburg1,820246$20,865,715$84,924
Triton CollegeRiver Grove11,386285$24,049,000$84,486
Parkland CollegeChampaign7,569378$28,380,134$74,990
Kaskaskia CollegeCentralia3,665550$38,857,931$70,683
John Wood Community CollegeQuincy1,968226$15,535,726$68,645
Spoon River CollegeCanton1,560289$18,768,999$65,035
McHenry County CollegeCrystal Lake6,371478$27,966,936$58,530
Lake Land CollegeMattoon5,107638$34,674,000$54,316
Lewis & Clark Community CollegeGodfrey7,272800$33,420,083$41,779
Sauk Valley Community CollegeDixon1,892246$7,530,480$30,617
Carl Sandburg CollegeGalesburg1,927164$2,072,245$12,651
Olney Central CollegeOlney1,198216$900,000$4,174
Lincoln Trail CollegeRobinson934229$900,000$3,933
Frontier Community CollegeFairfield1,952595$900,000$1,512
Wabash Valley CollegeMount Carmel4,3301,083$900,000$831

Source: U.S. Department of Education; Illinois State Comptroller

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