Certain Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificate programs might not be available at Rock Valley College. Because of this, the college has contractual agreements with other community colleges for specific programs at specific colleges. Students take all specialized courses at the cooperative college and pay tuition and fees according to the in-district rate at that institution. Related technical and general education courses required by the cooperative programs may be taken at Rock Valley College or the community college offering the program. The cooperating college will issue all degrees or certificates for successful completion of the individual program.
Community colleges often have comparable programs. Cooperative agreements and chargebacks are granted at the discretion of your community college and will not be granted for programs that are the same as those offered at the home institution.
A chargeback is similar to a cooperative agreement. If Rock Valley College does not offer a program of study and does not have a cooperative agreement with another institution for that program, students may be eligible for a chargeback. This allows them to enroll in the program at an out-of-district community college and pay that college's in-district tuition rates while RVC will pay the difference between in-district and out-of-district rates.
Important Steps to Obtain Cooperative Agreement or Chargeback Approval:
1. Submit the Cooperative Agreement Application to Career Services to confirm that Rock Valley College does not offer an A.A.S. degree or certificate in the subject you wish to study.
2. If approved, your approval letter of authorization will be sent to the Cooperative Agreement & Chargeback office at the school you plan to attend, and you will pay the in-district tuition and fees charged by them.
Rock Valley College has cooperative educational agreements with the following two Wisconsin institutions: Blackhawk Technical College and Gateway Technical College.
Rock Valley College participates in the “Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources” (C.A.R.E.E.R.). This cooperative agreement includes the following Illinois institutions:
Rock Valley College also has individual Cooperative Agreements with the following Illinois institutions that are not included in C.A.R.E.E.R.: Blackhawk Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Harper College, Oakton Community College, and Parkland College.
Popular college contacts for cooperative programs are as follows (please contact Student Development Office for additional information):
Blackhawk Technical College
6064 Prairie Rd., P.O. Box 5009
Janesville, WI 53547
Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53144-1690
1200 West Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
2400 West Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821-1899