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Transfer of Credit

Students who have attended other colleges and universities will have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Transfer credit is accepted under the following conditions:

  • The institution previously attended must be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or a comparable regional accrediting association.
  • The student must submit an official transcript from each institution.
  • Credit may be transferred only in college-level courses in which a grade of “D” or above has been earned (Most receiving institutions will not accept a “D” for transfer). A “C” is required in ENG 101 and ENG 102 or course equivalents in all transfer degrees (A.A., A.S., A.F.A.).
  • A maximum of six semester hours of credit may be transferred in religion courses.
  • Transfer credit will be granted for course work for which a passing letter has been earned. However, individual course grades will not be included in the computation of the GPA at Morton College.
  • Credit from countries outside the United States may be considered. A certified evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or by World Education Services, Inc., is required before acceptance of credit is determined.
  • The student must submit an official transcript from each institution. Transcripts are only considered official if sealed envelope has not been opened or electronically if received directly from the institution from which they were requested.
  • Degree seeking students wishing to have their official transcripts evaluated, should complete a transcript evaluation form with their Academic Advisor. Financial Aid eligible students should notify the Financial Aid department once official transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Admission and Records.
  • Evaluation of credits may take up to 6 weeks to complete. Once completed, any credits awarded will be reflected on a student’s Morton College transcript. Questions regarding the evaluation can be addressed by the student’s Academic Advisor or Credential Analyst in the Office of Admission and Records.
  • Credit from each transferring institution is evaluated separately. Awarding of credit, including graduate level credit, is left to the college’s discretion.
IAI Participating Schools
Two-year Public Institutions
Black Hawk College
Carl Sandburg College
College of DuPage
College of Lake County
Daley College (Richard J.) (CCC)
Danville Area Community College
Elgin Community College
Frontier Community College (IECC)
Harold Washington College (CCC)
Harper College
Heartland Community College
Highland Community College
Illinois Central College
Illinois Community Valley College
John A. Logan College
John Wood Community College
Joliet Junior College
Kankakee Community College
Kaskaskia College
Kennedy-King College (CCC)
Kishwaukee College
Lake Land College
Lewis & Clark Community College
Lincoln Land Community College
Lincoln Trail College (IECC)
Malcolm X College (CCC)
McHenry County College
Moraine Valley Community College
Morton College
Oakton Community College
Olive-Harvey College (CCC)
Olney Central College (IECC)
Parkland College
Prairie State College
Rend Lake College
Richland Community College
Rock Valley College
Sauk Valley Community College
Shawnee Community College
South Suburban College
Southeastern Illinois College
Southwestern Illinois College
Spoon River College
Triton College
Truman College (Harry S) (CCC)
Wabash Valley College (IECC)
Waubonsee Community College
Wilbur Wright College (CCC)
Two-year Independent Institutions
ITT Technical Institute (R)
MacCormac College
Northwestern Business College
Springfield College in Illinois
St. Augustine College
The College of Office Technology (R)
Four year Public Institutions
Chicago State University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University (R)
Illinois State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Southern IL University Carbondale
Southern IL University Edwardsville
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Western Illinois University
Four-year Independent Institutions
Argosy University (R)
Aurora University
Benedictine University
Blackburn College
Bradley University
Concordia University Chicago
DePaul University
DeVry University, Chicago
DeVry University, DuPage
Dominican University
East-West University (R)
Ellis College of New York Institute of Technology (R)
Elmhurst College
Eureka College (R)
Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago (R)
Illinois Institute of Technology
Judson College
Kendall College
Knox College (R)
Lake Forest College (R)
Lakeview College of Nursing (R)
Lewis University
Lexington College
Lincoln Christian College
Lincoln College
Loyola University
MacMurray College
McKendree University (R)
Midstate College
Millikin University
NAES College (R)
National-Louis University
North Central College
North Park University
Olivet Nazarene University
Quincy University
Robert Morris University
Rockford College
Roosevelt University
Saint Xavier University
Saint Anthony College of Nursing (R)
Saint Francis Medical Center,Nursing(R)
Trinity Christian College
University of St. Francis
West Suburban College of Nursing (R)
*School names followed by (R) are receiving schools only.

Illinois Articulation Initiative

Morton College participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement designed to facilitate the transfer of students from one Illinois college/university to another in order to complete a bachelor’s degree (see the “IAI Participating Schools” table above). Effective as of 1998, students who complete the IAI General Education Core Courses (GECC) can transfer this “package” of course work and have it accepted in lieu of lower-division, general education course requirements. Students who complete an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree that contains the IAI GECC also will have met their transfer college/universities’ lower-division general education requirements and be granted junior standing. To learn more about the Illinois Articulation Initiative, contact the Academic Advising Center at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250 or or visit

Transfer Agreements

For an current list of programs for which Morton College has transfer agreements please contact Academic Advising or visit the Morton College transfer website.

  • Benedictine University
  • Dominican University
  • DePaul University
  • Governors State University
  • National Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • VanderCook College of Music
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Concordia University

Joint Educational Agreements

This agreement allows residents of the Morton College district to enroll in some programs at other Illinois public community colleges at rates the hosting colleges charge their in-district students. Applications for Joint Educational Agreements must be made 30 college business days before courses begin at the college the student wishes to attend. Proof of residence in Morton College District 527 must be provided at the time of application. Once approved, a student is issued an Authorization for Attending a Recognized Illinois Public Community College Under a Joint Agreement. Morton College has joint educational agreements with the following community colleges:

Cooperative Agreements — Morton College is a participant in the South Metropolitan Career Network, a cooperative effort among 28 area community colleges that makes more educational programs available to the residents of each college district.

Residents of Morton College’s district may enroll in any programs in the Career and Technical Education Applied Science degree or certificate not offered at Morton College upon approval without paying out-of-district tuition at the following colleges:

  • Black Hawk College
  • Carl Sandburg College
  • College of DuPage
  • Danville Community College
  • Elgin Community College
  • Harper College
  • Heartland Community College
  • Highland Community College
  • Illinois Central College
  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • John Wood Community College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Kaskaskia College
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Lake Land College
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Lincoln Land Community College
  • McHenry County College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Morton College
  • Prairie State College
  • Rend Lake College
  • Richland Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Sauk Valley Community College
  • South Suburban College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Spoon River College
  • Triton Community College
  • Waubonsee Community College

Further information on this Agreement is available in the Office of Admissions and Records.

International Students

Only individuals holding an F1 student visa are allowed to study. B1/B2 visas are restricted from study. B1/B2 visitors must apply for a change of vias status in order to study at Morton College. Morton College cannot assist nor advise in these cases.

Official College Transcripts - college transcripts must be translated to English. The official evalutation must be from ECE or WES evaluation agency.

Citizens of other countries wishing to enroll at Morton College must complete and submit an International Student Application along with the following supporting documents:

  • International Student Admission Application
  • Official High School transcripts - official high school transcripts must be sealed and translated to English. The college recommends ECE or WES as the evaluation agency but applicants may use any other evaluation agencys should they wish to.
  • TOEFL score: TOEFL®iBT Minimum score 80.
  • TOEFL®PBT Minimum score 550

    ***The TOEFL is not needed if student will be enrolling in the English as a Second Language program (ESL).

  • Financial Affidavit of Support.

Candidates must submit these documents. Candidates must submit these documents according to the set deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted and documents must be resubmitted for a future term. Once accepted, Morton College will issue an I-20 to the student.

  • Fall semester = all requirements must be submitted by June 15.
  • Spring semester = all requirements must be submitted by October 15.

Those attending Morton College on a student visa must enroll as a full-time credit student each semester and will be charged the international tuition rate. Federal and state financial aid may not be available to citizens of other countries.

Prospective international students should contact the Registrar, Marelna Avalos,, with additional questions.

The international students application for admission can be found at Applications will not be considered if any supporting documentation is missing.

Students who fail to enroll as a full-time credit student each semester will have their F1 status terminated.

Educational Guarantees

Morton College has established an educational guarantee policy (approved April 1993) for transfer courses and career programs.

Transferability Guarantee – Morton College guarantees the acceptance of all transfer courses at 4-year, public Illinois colleges and universities for students who complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree. If the terms noted below are met and a specific course or courses do not transfer, Morton College will refund the tuition paid by the student at the time the course(s) was/were taken. To qualify, any claims must be submitted within one calendar year of graduation from Morton College.


  1. All guaranteed course work must be completed at Morton College.
  2. All course work must be completed within three years prior to graduation.
  3. Transfer status of individual courses is based upon the receiving college’s or university’s agreement with Morton at the time of the student’s graduation.
  4. The student must have attained acceptable grades in individual courses as defined by the receiving university.
  5. The student must have met with an authorized Morton College advisor and declared a major and transfer college or university prior to taking the courses under guarantee. Only those courses approved in writing by the authorized counselor are guaranteed transferable, and these courses are guaranteed to transfer as general education electives unless the counselor has specifically authorized them as meeting distributive general education or major area requirements.

Career Program Guarantee – Morton College guarantees that career program graduates can be expected to perform competently in positions for which their degrees or certificates are intended to prepare them. An employer who perceives that a Morton College graduate does not possess appropriate entry-level skills encompassed in the degree or certificate program, and can specify such deficiencies, may request that the student be permitted to retake a specific course or courses for up to nine credit hours without additional tuition charges. If the terms noted below are met, Morton College agrees to provide up to nine tuition-free credit hours in a career program degree or certificate curricula.


  1. The graduate must have earned the A.A.S. degree or certificate beginning May 1993 or thereafter in a career program identified in the college catalog.
  2. All guaranteed program coursework must be completed at Morton College with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. The graduate must have completed the A.A.S. degree within a four-year timespan or the certificate within a two-year time span.
  4. Graduates must be employed full-time in an entry level position for which the A.A.S degree or certificate is intended to prepare students. (Determination that the position falls within the terms of the guarantee may occur when the gradate initiates the career program guarantee as noted in #12 below.)
  5. Employment must commence within 6 months of graduation.
  6. The employer must certify in writing within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment that the employee is lacking entry-level skills consistent with the position(s) for which the A.A.S. or certificate is intended to prepare students.
  7. The student, program coordinator, and instructor, in consultation with the employer and/or division dean, will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
  8. Retraining will be limited to nine credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
  9. The graduate and/or employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees, and other course-related expenses.
  10. The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.
  11. The student’s sole remedy against the District and its employees for skill deficiencies shall be limited to nine credit hours of tuition-free education under conditions described above.
  12. The career program remedy can be initiated through a written communication with the Office of the Provost.

Note: This guarantee applies to software releases and vendor-specific equipment used in the courses at the time the student enrolled in the course. The College is not responsible for guaranteeing student competency in subsequent releases of software or revised or new equipment. Likewise, the College is not responsible for guaranteeing student knowledge or skills that will be introduced in the future, or guaranteeing student knowledge or skills when non-academic problems cause the deficient performance.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees*

Tuition and fees are payable in U.S. currency on dates designated by the College.

Students failing to meet published payment deadlines may be dropped from courses.

In-District Resident (per credit hour) $104
Out-of-District Resident of Illinois (per credit hour) $232
Out-of-State Resident or International (per credit hour) $296
Application Fee (first-time enrollees only) $10
Registration Fee (per semester) $10
Late Registration Fee (per semester) $50
Comprehensive Fee (per credit hour) $9
Technology Fee (per credit hour) $9
Repair/Renovation Fee (per credit hour) $22
*Tuition and fees are subject to change by official action taken by the Morton College Board of Trustees. Review of tuition and fees will occur at times deemed necessary by the Board in conjunction with the College administration. For up-to-date information, please visit our website at

Description Of Fees

Technology Fee:

The purpose of the fee is to enrich Morton College students’ educational experience with technology. The fee is used for continued technology enhancements throughout the College including software, client hardware, and infrastructure to support services offered to Morton College students. These services include student e-mail, local and online learning resources, and network access.

Comprehensive Fee:

The purpose of the fee is to enhance students’ overall experience on campus. The fee is used to fund various student club organizations, performances and special events, library resources excluding technology, restoration and maintenance of various student and academic facilities, and the maintenance of parking facilities and campus security.

Repair/Renovation Fee:

This fee will be assessed to students enrolled in credit courses. The fee will support the College’s infrastructure and the renovation of outdated facilities.

Late Registration Fee:

Students will be accessed a late registration fee if: students register after the course has begun, students are dropped for non-payment and wish to re-register, or if students are dropped for non-attendance and wish to re-register for courses with consent of the instructor.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Students will receive a tuition bill at the time of registration. Students are responsible for all tuition and fees. The college will refund tuition and fees if the student completes the official withdraw procedures within the published refund schedule. Requests to withdraw from courses are not taken by phone. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes. Note: Students who do not pay their tuition and fees by the due date may be dropped from the courses. Students dropped for non-payment may re-register without a guarantee they will enroll for the same course schedule.

Students who fail to meet their financial obligation to the college will be excluded from future enrollment. Furthermore, all records and transcripts will not be released until the financial obligation has been completed. If necessary, student accounts will be turned over to a collection agency.


For tuition purposes, proof of residence must be submitted by all students enrolling at Morton College each semester. This can take the form of either a valid driver’s license, current voters’ registration card, current bank statement, utility bill or State of Illinois photo ID card. District residency does not apply to international students on visas. Students changing their residence during a semester are required to report their new address to the Office of Admissions and Records. Students may update their residency at any time, however, a change in residency less than 30 days prior to the start of the term and once the term has begun, will not be reflected in the current terms tuition rate. Classification for admission and tuition will be made according to the regulations listed on the following pages.

In-District Students

Morton College District 527 includes the suburbs of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook and Stickney and is located west of Chicago and south of Oak Park, just six miles from Chicago’s Loop.

To be eligible for the in-district tuition rate, one of the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants who are 18 years of age or older and have established legal permanent residence in District 527 for a minimum of 30 days immediately preceding the first day of the semester.
  • Applicants who are under 18 years of age must demonstrate that their parents or legal guardians have legal residence within District 527.
  • Applicants who are under 18 years of age and emancipated (a minor who is legally independent from parental or guardian supervision) must demonstrate that they are in active military service, married, and have legal residence within District 527 for at least 30 days immediately preceding the first day of the semester.
  • Applicants who will be attending Morton College through the Dual Enrollment Program.

Out-of-District Students

Any person whose legal place of residence lies outside Morton College District 527 but within the boundaries of the State of Illinois.

Out-of-State Students

Any person whose legal place of residence lies outside the State of Illinois but within the United States.

International Students

Any person whose permanent residence lies outside the united States.

Morton College - International students

IN-District Employee Tuition Rate

Employees of profit and nonprofit businesses or agencies located within the College district may enroll in Morton College courses at the in-district tuition rate with written approval of their employer. Verification of employment must be on company letter-head and indicate employee works at least 35 hours per week. The verification must also include supervisor name, title of supervisor, contact phone number of super-visor, and student’s position. To be eligible for this special tuition rate, employment verification must be presented at the time of initial registration for the semester. Verifications must be presented each semester and cannot be duplicates from previous semesters.

IN-District Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Morton College is committed to the principle of life-long learning and, therefore, waives tuition and the registration fee for its senior citizens (age 62 or older at time of registration) for credit and non-credit courses. Laboratory and other fees will be assessed where applicable. Additionally, the cost of books and personal supplies for classes are not covered by this waiver.

Refund Policy

Refunds for tuition and fees only occur when official withdrawal procedures are properly completed within the advertised Tuition Refund Table located in the current Morton College course schedule. Telephone requests to be withdrawn from courses are not accepted. The college does not grant refunds to students who:

  • voluntarily enlist in military service following the close of the refund period
  • are dismissed for disciplinary reasons
  • are financially obligated to a college department or office at the time of withdrawal
  • withdraw from courses after the posted deadline

The college may award 100% refunds and late withdrawals to students who present documented extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances include: serious illness or injury to the student that required extended recovery, death or serious illness of an immediate family member, significant trauma in the student’s life that impaired the student’s emotional and/or physical health. Third-party verifiable documentation is required to have a refund request considered by the committee. Refund requests must follow the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures. Completed packets must be submitted to the Dean of Student Services via the Academic Advising Center located on the 1st floor of B Building. All requests must be completed within 30 college-business days of the end of the term in question.

Morton College reserves the right to approve or deny any claims. Appeals to the decision must be made, in writing, to the Provost.

Enrollment Verification

Students in need of enrollment verification for such purposes as health insurance coverage, good student standing, loan deferment, or employers must fill out and submit the Information Release Form available at the Office of Admissions and Records.

Income Tax Deduction

Federal income tax regulations permit a tax deduction for educational expenses under-taken either to maintain or improve skills required in one’s business or employment, or meet the requirements of an employer or of a law or regulation to keep one’s salary, job status or employment. Morton College cannot determine whether educational expenses qualify as a tax deduction in any particular case. Students wanting to know whether the courses they have taken at Morton College are eligible for a tax deduction should consult with the Internal Revenue Service or a tax consultant.

Alumni Tuition Waiver

A Morton College graduate with an associate degree may register for a single course per semester at no tuition charge, but must pay fees. Registration for the single course and applying for the Tuition Waiver must occur on the same day. Graduates cannot qualify for a tuition waiver for a course in which they are currently registered. This waiver applies to the fall and spring semesters only. It may not be used when auditing a course.

Applications for Alumni Tuition Waivers and further information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records located on the first floor of Building B. Laboratory and other fees will be assessed where applicable. Under the provisions of this waiver, graduates cannot register for the course until 1 week prior to the start of the course. Short term courses may have separate deadlines based on start dates. In order to receive the waiver, registration must be done in the Office of Admission and Records.

Retake Policy Fees

Course retake fees ($30 per credit hour) are assessed when students take a course more than the number of times approved by the Illinois Community College Board.

For most courses:

  • Students will be assessed a course retake fee in addition to the tuition and course fees if they have already enrolled in the course two or more times and did not with draw before the end of the refund period, or if they are retaking the course after having received an A, B, C, or P (passing) grade.
  • Students retaking a course after receiving an A, B, C, or P grade will receive no additional academic credit. (See specific associate degree program requirements for exceptions to this policy.)
  • If a student retakes a course, the highest grade will be applied to his/her Morton College grade point average.

Exception: Some courses (referred to as “repeatable” courses), may be taken several times for college credit. Course descriptions in the Morton College Catalog identify these courses along with the maximum number of times the course may be repeated for college credit. Students who enroll in a repeatable course more than the maximum number of times will also be assessed a course retake fee in addition to the tuition and course fees.

Students who plan to retake a course should first consult with an academic advisor and a financial aid advisor. Students planning to transfer to another college are urged to check that college’s course retake/repeat policy as it may differ and your transfer admission grade point average could be different.