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Frequently Asked Questions


I want to enroll, but I’m not sure what to do first.
First, you’ll need to complete an admissions form. You can complete the online admission form, visit Admissions in the Student Services Center (Building S), or call (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).

After the college receives your admission form, you will be notified of the next steps you’ll need to take, which usually consists of:

  • taking placement tests
  • attending new-student orientation
  • registering for classes

When do classes start?
The 17-week spring semester begins in January; the 8-week summer semester begins in June; and the 17-week fall semester begins in August. Short-term classes, from three to eight weeks, start throughout the year. Academic Calendar

How much is tuition?

Is the ACT needed for admission?
No. You will take placement tests to determine the appropriate level of mathematics and communications courses. If you have taken the ACT, you may be exempted from part or all of the placement tests. Contact the Academic Advising Center for more information. 

Prospective Students

What are five top reasons for choosing Moraine Valley?

  • Cost! Moraine Valley offers a quality education at an affordable price.
  • Instruction! Faculty members are highly qualified and committed to helping students learn.
  • Scheduling! Flexible class scheduling allows you to choose when and where you want to take classes—online, weekends, evenings, neighborhood centers.
  • Options! You have the option of enrolling in transfer programs or career programs.
  • Success! Moraine Valley is dedicated to making sure all students succeed.

What programs are offered?

What academic credentials are offered?
Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), and numerous occupational certificates of specialization.

Will my credits transfer?
All colleges and universities accept Moraine Valley’s courses on the basis of a review of individual transcripts. By carefully choosing courses, you will meet the general requirements and the lower-division major course requirements specified by the transfer school. Contact the Academic Advising Center for more details by email or call (708) 974-5721.

Can I get financial aid?
Moraine Valley's Financial Aid Office will assist you in obtaining financial aid for which you may be eligible. Check out the Financial Aid section of our Web site.

What scholarships are available?
Check out the Financial Aid section of our Web site.

How do I know if I live in the district?
Moraine Valley Community College District 524 encompasses all or part of 26 communities in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Must I take classes on campus in Palos Hills?
Most classes meet on the main campus; however, Moraine Valley offers classes in many communities throughout the district, including Moraine Valley Education Center at Blue Island, and Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park. You also can enroll in online classes.

How can I fit classes into my busy life?
Moraine Valley offers convenient options for earning college credit, such as evening, weekend, online, short-term, independent study, and videotaped classes.

I haven't been in school for a while. Will I fit in?
The average age of a Moraine Valley student is 25. The college offers special programs for adults who haven't been in school for a while, including an Adult Learner Program, workshops and counseling.

I'm worried about doing well. Will I succeed?
Moraine Valley makes every effort to help you do well in your studies and prepare you for a successful future. The college offers free tutoring in a variety of subjects. Academic advisors are available to help you select the right courses and a transfer school. Counselors provide a variety of programs and services to enhance the learning and personal development of students. Many other student services are available to assist you. All new full-time students enroll in a one-credit-hour course, COL-101—College: Changes, Challenges, Choices, during their first semester. COL-101 helps students achieve success by helping them make the initial transition to college and develop the skills needed for success.

How do I arrange a campus visit?
Complete the online campus visit request, contact Admissions at (708) 974-5355 or email

I attend a four-year college or university and am interested in taking classes during the summer. How can I get more information?
Information about Moraine Valley’s courses for transfer to four-year colleges or universities is available on the Summer Transfer page.

How can I get general information sent to me?
Contact Admissions at (708) 974-5355 or email us


How do I register for classes?
We offer three convenient ways to register:

  • By phone—Call (708) 974-2110. (TTY 711)
  • In person—Visit the Registration Office in Building S, Room S103.
  • Online—Register for classes online.

Can I get help in selecting courses?
Definitely. Academic advisors will help you in course selection, choice of program of study, or transfer requirements. You may consult them any time you want assistance in your academic career.

How do I know if I'm a full-time or part-time student?
Full-time—enrolled in 12 credit hours or more
Part-time—enrolled in 11 credit hours or less 

Getting Around Campus

How will I find my classes?
During the first days of each semester, information tables are staffed throughout campus to direct you to rooms and provide maps. The student handbook you will receive during your COL-101 class also includes classroom maps. Signs at all entrances to the college direct you to individual buildings. Also, room maps for each building can be accessed online.

How do I get to campus?
Our online Travel Directions section provides maps and directions. For alternate routes, contact College and Community Relations at (708) 974-5375 or email

Where do I park?
There are nine unreserved parking lots on campus with more than 4,000 parking spaces. During the first days of the semester, it’s a good idea to arrive early before your class is scheduled to begin, so you have sufficient time to find parking and your classroom. 

Current Students

How do I pay my tuition?
Moraine Valley offers several tuition payment options.

What is the tuition refund policy?
Tuition Refund Policy

Where do I buy my books?
You can purchase textbooks and supplies from the Moraine Valley Bookstore, located in Building D, or online.

Where do I get my student ID?
To obtain your photo ID, bring your current class schedule and a picture ID to Photo ID Services, located in the Student Services Center (Building S), Student Street, S100.

Do I need a parking sticker?
Students do not need parking stickers.

What holidays are observed?
Academic Calendar

How do I know if the college is closed during bad weather or other circumstances?
Information about Moraine Valley closing because of bad weather or an emergency will be broadcast on the following radio and TV stations, or you can check our Web site or call. Students, faculty and staff also will receive an automated phone call (home or cell phone) to inform them if the college is closed or if classes will be delayed in starting.

  • Radio—WGN (720 AM) and WBBM (780 AM); Zone (94.5 FM)
  • Television—WBBM-Channel 2, WMAQ-Channel 5, WLS-Channel 7, WGN-Channel 9, WFLD-FOX 32, and ChicagoLand Television CLTV News
  • Online—Moraine Valley's Web site and on the Emergency Closing Center's Web site at
  • Phone—Call the college's main phone number (708) 974-4300. Additionally, information is available by calling (847) 238-1234 using a touch-tone phone.
  • Emergency Mobile Alerts—An alert system providing voice messages to students for all emergency communications. Sign up now!

I am a parent with young children. Is child care available?
Yes. Moraine Valley's accredited Children’s Learning Center is the perfect solution for parents. The center provides high quality care in an enriching environment for children ages 2 to 5 years. Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Moraine Valley staff and students.


How do I get a copy of my transcripts?

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