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Tuition and Fees

Nursing education is an investment in your future, resulting in higher earning potential and greater career choices. Lakeview College of Nursing actively works to keep costs down while maintaining high standards.


$470 Per Credit Hour (part-time or full-time) Regardless of Residence or enrollment status [Cost Range for 1-17 hrs. = $470 - $7,990 per semester]

Course Fees1

$70 Per Credit Hour* [Cost Range for 1-17 hrs. = $70 - $1,190 per semester]

Testing Fee2 $160 per course
Lab Equipment Fee for N311, N312 and N321 $50 for each course
Clinical Fee3 $10 per clinical course
Graduation Fee $185

Proficiency Examination Fee

$100 for Each Test

Portfolio Fee

$100 per Credit Hour

Audit Fee $50 per Credit Hour
Late Registration Fee $50
Late Payment Fee $50
Returned Check Fee $30
Lost of Misplaced Clinical ID Badge $25
Lost or Misplaced Key Fob $25
Parking Free

1Course Fees: Orientation, Technology, Simulation, Library, Student Activity Fee, Assessment, Health Record Maintenance, Student Malpractice Insurance, Facilities

2Testing Fee: ATI Nursing Education [Standardized Testing, Comprehensive Predictor, NCLEX-RN Live Review, Skills Modules, Video Case Studies, Drug Guide]

3Clinical Fee: Clinical Placement

Student Insurance: Lakeview strongly encourages all students to carry health insurance that meets Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement. Resources - For more information on some possible health care plans view below:




Other Expenses

Semester I (Courses 311, 312, 313, 314)


Includes: Books ($963)

Scrub Uniforms, White Coat, Shoes, Penlight, Watch with a second hand, Bandage scissors, Stethoscope, Blood Pressure Cuff with Sphygmomanometer ($350)

Electronic device ($700) [Laptop - see required specs at https://www.lakeviewcol.edu/technology].

Semester 2 (Courses 321, 322, 323, 324)


Includes: Books

Semester 3 (Courses 431, 432, 433, 434)


Includes: Books

Semester 4 (Courses 441, 442, 443, 444)


Includes: Books ($203)

Nursing License Costs: ($350) Illinois Nursing License Fingerprinting, NCLEX Exam

Travel to Clinical Sites (clinical sites are generally within a 70-mile one-way radius from the College)

Optional Expenses (approximate costs)

Oto-Opthalmascope                                                                                                                                                                                $275
ACLS Certification  (cost set by private vendor; offered during semester 4)                                                                          $150
PALS Certification (cost set by private vendor; offered during semester 4)                                                                               $150


Please Note:

Books, equipment, etc. may be purchased at:

  • Follett Bookstore at Danville Area Community College - 217-443-8759 
  • Eastern Illinois University Union Bookstore - 217-581-5821
  • Other vendors, such as Amazon or Lippincott.

Uniforms: Students will need to purchase uniforms through Star Uniform https://www.star-uniform.com
Patches: Students will need to purchase a minimum of two patches, $5.00/each. One patch for the scrub-top - sewn on the upper left chest and one patch for the lab coat- sewn on the upper left sleeve. See pictures for proper placements. Patches are available at the College.

Uniform /Uniform

Charleston Location Students

Charleston Students under former LCN/EIU agreement
Effective Spring 2020 - students who started the program Fall 2019 and prior will be charged student fees from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) per the previous LCN/EIU agreement. Students have the option to waive EIU's Health Insurance. The deadline to waive the health insurance is below.

Access your EIU PAWS account at http://www.eiu.edu/paws or contact 217-581-6605 to make payment.

Students who entered the program Spring 2020 to current:
Effective Fall 2020 – students enrolled in Lakeview Nursing program for the first time in Spring 2020 and beyond have the option to take advantage of EIU Student Services and must sign-up for the services by the 5th day of the semester. Please complete the form and return as designated. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in EIU Student Health Insurance.

EIU Student Fees & Health Insurance

· Student Fees - Charleston students who elect to enroll for EIU services will be charged a flat fee of $450.00 each semester for EIU services (recreation center, computer labs, library, health services, union center, campus improvement, etc.) You must notify EIU of your election to receive services within five (5) calendar days of the start of each semester and make full payment of the account balance at that time.
· Health Insurance Fee – all inquiries related to EIU Student Insurance should be directed to the EIU Student Insurance Officer by calling 217-581-5290. The deadline to waive or enroll in the EIU Health Insurance Fee is:
Fall Term 2021 - August 27, 2021
Spring Term 2022 - January 14, 2022
Summer Term 2022 - May 23, 2022

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Accounts are due and payable in full on or before the date specified on the semester invoice, in accordance with the academic calendar. Students Account Statements are mailed once prior to the semester. Thereafter, students can log into their online student account (SONIS) to view their account statements. Students who do not pay in full, enroll in the tuition payment plan, and/or demonstrate approved financial aid coverage before the date specified will be dropped from all courses. [Note: Military TA and Chapter 31/33 - please see below.] Any funding sources received on the student's behalf and processed by Lakeview College of Nursing shall first be applied to any current outstanding balance for tuition, fees, and books.

Paying for College:

  • Self Pay: Cash, check, debit, or credit card. Option to pay on-line is available.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid (completed and verified file) and/or scholarship award at a level to fully cover tuition and fee costs. Federal/Student/Parent loans confirmed. Please refer to the Financial Aid section for more information. Students must use financial aid for the intended semester. Students cannot use current semester loan monies for a previous semester.
  • Private Loans: Approved private educational loan. See the Financial Aid section.
  • Lakeview Scholarship Awards: Confirmed Lakeview College of Nursing scholarship award.
  • Third-Party Payment Agreement: Confirmed employer tuition assistance program, College Illinois, Veteran's Benefits*, Military Tuition Assistance** (TA), WIA, Vocational Rehab, etc.
  • Payment Plan: Nelnet Business Solutions (NBS) tuition management payment plan. NBS is a low-cost option for budgeting tuition and fees. It is not a loan program; therefore, you have no debt and no interest or finance charges with no credit check. The only cost is a $25.00 per semester non-refundable fee. To enroll in the NBS Payment Plan please complete the form located on their website: http://mycollegepaymentplan.com/lakeview/ You will need the balance due and student ID number to complete the form. Please contact the cashier at 217-709-0922 or studentaccounts@lakeviewcol.edu if you have any questions. Students must maintain prompt monthly payments to be eligible for continued payments through NBS.


All financial obligations must be cleared before registration for a subsequent term and before graduation on both campuses. Failure to clear financial obligations will result in your ability to progress, or holding of diploma, transcripts, and Certification of Education form sent to the State by the College which allows you to sit for the NCLEX examination.


Veteran's Benefits - Chapter 31 and Chapter 33*

Students who have produced a certificate of eligibility by the first day of class for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment or Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits will not be dropped from courses, charged a late fee, prevented from enrolling, required to secure alternative or additional funding, or denied access to college resources.
Requirements for this provision, students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA's Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

NOTE: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Military Tuition Assistance**

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program pays the cost of tuition and some additional fees. Nearly all military service members are eligible for TA. However, each service branch determines eligibility criteria that often reduce access. Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% Tuition and Fees, not to exceed $250.00 per semester credit hour or $4,500.00 per fiscal year.

All Active Duty Service Members (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their Education Service Office (ESO) or Education Counselor within your branch of service before enrolling.

Please visit your branch of service for Tuition Assistance procedures and application.


All refunds will be requested through the Cashier and approved through the Business Office periodically throughout the semester. All refunds will be issued in the form of a check. Students should come prepared to meet their school/living expenses prior to the issuance of refund checks. Emergency loans will not be issued at any time.

All student accounts will be refunded in accordance with established College procedures (for Military Tuition Assistance see TA Refund Policy Schedule):

  • 100% Refund - If the initiation and completion of the withdrawal are made through the Director of Enrollment/Registrar by Noon as follows: 
    • 16 week semester: By the end of the 2nd class week.
    • 10 week format classes or Summer session: By the end of the 1st week of class.
    • Weekend format classes: By the Monday following the 1st class meeting.

No refund will be given for withdrawals made after the deadlines stated above.

Military Benefits - Special Circumstances: A soldier ordered into active duty service by the Government will need to speak with the Business Office (TA Refund Policy Schedule).

  • Federal Aid in excess of your statement of accounts will be refunded to you once the funds are received from the federal government. Refund checks are generally available 30 days after the start of classes each semester.
  • Private Education funds are received electronically by the College and posted directly to the student’s LCN statement of account. In case of a credit balance, a refund check will be generated at that time.
  • Each semester all credit balances will be refunded. No balances will be carried forward to another semester.

Note: The exception to this policy is when the Department of Education Federal Refund Policy Return of Title IV Funds must be applied to those students whose costs are paid by student financial aid funding.

State and/or Accrediting Agency Refund Rule
The State of Illinois has not established a mandated refunding rule for private colleges.

The Higher Learning Commission, as an accrediting agency, has not established a refund rule.

Federal Refund Rule (Return of Title IV Funds)
The Department of Education mandates that unearned federal financial aid funds are returned to the specific program if a student withdraws from all coursework in a semester (Requirements of 34 CFR 668.22). The amount of the refund is determined by days of the semester that the student was in attendance versus the remaining days (after withdrawal) until the semester ends. Students are notified by mail of their debt to the Department of Education. This debt must be paid in a timely manner in order for the student to receive future financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more details regarding this policy.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Refund Policy Schedule

  • 16- week Course Withdraw submitted Before or during weeks 1-2 100% return

During weeks 3-4 75% return

During weeks 5-8 50% return

During weeks 9-10 40% return (60% of the course is completed)

During weeks 11-16 0% return

  • 10- week Course Withdraw submitted Before or during week 1 100 % return

During week 2-3 75% return

During weeks 4-5 50% return

During week 6 40% return (60% of the course is completed)

During weeks 7-10  0% return