Getting Started

Lorain County Community College offers practical, affordable and career-focused learning. And we do it on a campus that is safe, approachable, energetic and fun.

Whether you’re looking for a stepping stone to a four-year or advanced degree, an associate degree to get you started in the work world, specific skills for your current job, a return to the workforce, a career change or lifelong learning to satisfy your intellectual curiosity … LCCC is your community college.

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Across the U.S., more and more students are taking advantage of community colleges. In fact, while four-year school enrollments are down, community college enrollment continues to grow, and nearly half of all four-year-degree earners spend some time at a community college. One reason may be the savings that two-year schools offer, since community college tuition is one-third the average of four-year universities. For students choosing LCCC, the reasons may also include our flexible Program and Career Pathways, the University Partnership and transfer programs, small class sizes with professors who care about each student and our beautiful and friendly campus.

Let our President, Dr. Marcia Ballinger, tell you more:


Are you ready to take the first step on your learning pathway?

Get started at LCCC today!


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The Right Programs for a Great Career


Whether you’ve selected your major or not, you can get started today at LCCC.

If you have a career in mind, it’s pretty likely we have a program to get you there. We offer a wide variety of certificates and degrees—from short-term certificates that provide practical job skills, one-year certificates that improve your marketability and two-year associate degrees – not to mention our transfer and University Partnership opportunities. At LCCC, you can learn everything from accounting to web development and from creative arts to electronic engineering.

  Learn more about our Program and Career Pathways

If you need some time to make your career decision, choosing an exploratory major from the Program and Career Pathways allows you to explore options.  Instead of selecting a specific degree or certificate program, you can take a little time to explore many of the program options within a pathway by choosing an exploratory major. This means you don’t have to worry about “wasting” classes that don’t count toward your major.

  Learn more about Pathways and Exploratory Majors


Affordable Tuition

College is expensive. There’s no doubt about that. But it’s an investment you can’t afford to skip. Instead, make it wisely, and pick an affordable option that works for you.

LCCC is much more affordable than traditional education options. Our tuition rates are significantly lower than four-year schools and are among the lowest of two-year schools in the country. We work hard to minimize additional costs.

  Learn more about how we make college affordable

Many students at LCCC are also eligible for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Direct Loans, Work Study, and more. You may be eligible for financial aid even while going to school part time.

  Learn more about financial aid


Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees on LCCC’s Campus

Lorain County Community College and its University Partnership (UP) are the best value in higher education. Through this program, you may earn one of the more than 50 bachelor’s or master’s degrees from one of 14 Ohio four-year colleges, but you do your coursework right on the campus of LCCC, paying significantly reduced tuition. With UP, you get a bachelor’s or master’s degree backed with the prestige of a four-year university while staying close to home and saving thousands of dollars.

  Learn more about the University Partnership.


Transfer Easily to Another College or University

If you want to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, LCCC is the right place to start. Our Program and Career Pathways allow you to explore career options within a broad field, so you’re not paying higher tuition rates only to switch your major and find that some of those expensive classes “don’t count.” Our small class sizes, online learning options, and flexible schedules allow you to learn at your own pace and get a feel for college life before moving away from home, and under Ohio law, many of the courses in our applied degree programs transfer easily to Ohio public colleges and universities.

  Learn more about transferring


A Vibrant Campus

We are your community college. And your community is thriving. While the LCCC campus is small, it’s safe, friendly, inviting and full of energy. We offer a full range of student clubs and organizations, sportsrecreation, arts and theater and leadership opportunities. Our campus also features modern computer labs, an on-campus bookstore and fabulous dining options. You’ll always feel welcome here.

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Real-World Work Experience

While we believe in the value of a well-rounded education and creating life-long learners, we also want to make sure that your classes help you hit the ground running. Many of our programs are designed to give you the option of gaining on-the-job experience as part of your education by completing co-ops and internships. Not only will you learn valuable skills in the classroom, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to to build your resume and get real-world, hands-on experience in your field.

  Learn more co-ops and internships