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Lansing Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at Lansing Community College in Michigan. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College (LCC) was founded in 1957. The college serves students who are looking for courses that provide general and developmental education, personal enrichment, and career and workforce development. Lansing works to keep class sizes small in order to provide students with a personalized education experience. The college offers a variety of learning options, including variable-date and open-entry classes, evening and weekend classes and online course options. Students can also choose from multiple locations, since 24 communities throughout six different counties host LCC off-campus learning centers.


LCC offers over 2,500 courses and has a variety of programs to choose from. LCC awards associate's degrees and certificates, which can take anywhere from less than a year to more than two years to obtain. The most popular areas of study for students pursuing associate's degrees are liberal arts and sciences/general studies, health professions and business and related services. LCC also offers 15 associate's programs and eight certificate programs in online formats.

This school is in the process of building a university center at the downtown campus, which will allow LCC to partner with eight different universities. This partnership gives LCC students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's, master's or doctorate from schools like Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, University of Michigan - Flint and Western Michigan University. LCC also has numerous articulation agreements with other colleges and universities, which can give students added benefits by transferring to one of these schools.


LCC accepts any adult over the age of 18 (high school diploma or GED is not required). LCC also accepts high school graduates, current high school and home school students, international students and guest students. Students wishing to apply can choose to apply online, in person or by mailing in a paper application. Some programs may have a selective admissions process, and potential students are charged a $50 application fee for applying to one of these programs. For the fall 2012 semester, the admissions deadline was August 8th, and students had to be registered by August 21st.

The LCC student body is comprised of nearly 21,000 students. For the 2010-2011 school year, 72% of students attended the school on a part-time basis, and 98% of all students were from Michigan.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Lansing Community College charges tuition based on whether a student is classified as in-district, in-state or out-of-state. In 2011-2012, in-district students paid $2,570 in tuition and fees for the academic year. In-state students paid $4,940 in tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 year, and out-of-state students were charged $7,310. Students generally spent an additional $800 on books and supplies for the year.

LCC students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For the fall 2012 semester, students had to file their FAFSA application by July 1st to meet the priority date. The college also offers a variety of scholarships and awards for qualifying students, such as the 2+2+2 Engineering Program for engineering students, athletic scholarships, honors program awards and the High School Diploma Completion Initiative (HSDCI). Students planning on beginning school in the fall 2013 semester need to have their scholarship applications submitted by January 25th of the same year.

For students who can't pay their full tuition before the semester begins, LCC offers a payment plan, which allows students to make monthly payments without interest. Students are changed a $25 fee to enroll in the plan, and the plan must be renewed each semester a student wishes to use it.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body In 2011: 20,640 (all undergraduate)**
Student Housing Off-campus**
Programs Around 210 certificate and associate's programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Health professions and related services (882)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (805), registered nursing/registered nurse (176)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 15% overall graduation rate, 31% transfer rate**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: Full-time students 51%, part-time students 38%**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; students entering the fall 2012 semester had an admissions deadline of August 8th*
Tuition (2011-2012) $2,570 per year for in-district students, $4,940 for in-state students, $7,310 for out-of-state students (includes tuition and fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (56%), state and local grants and scholarships (6%), institutional grants and scholarships (6%), student loans (74%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 80%**

Sources: *Lansing Community College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Enrollment Services, Gannon Building Room 203, 400 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933
  • Phone: (517) 483-1200
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