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Start Fresh at City Colleges of Chicago Without Debt

City Colleges of Chicago has a new program that allows returning students to get their previous CCC college debts waived.

How Do I Get My Debt Waived? 

The City Colleges of Chicago’s Fresh Start program is for students who previously attended the CCC’s, but who did not receive a degree. In order to participate, all students have to do is re-enroll with the promise to complete a certification or degree and any previous debt you accrued with the CCC’s will be forgiven! To complete the process, your debt will waived in two phases: Half of your debt will be waived once enrolled, while the remaining half will be waived once you have earned your certificate or degree.

Who Is It For?

You are eligible if you were enrolled, or attempted to enroll, at City Colleges with at least $201 of debt before July 1st, 2020, regardless of educational status, GPA, or SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) holds on financial aid.


To remain eligible you will be required to attend a credit building workshop and a financial coaching session. You must also maintain Satisfactory Academic progress.

How to Apply?

  1. Apply to City Colleges of Chicago.
  2. Apply for financial aid.
  3. Review & Sign the Fresh Start Commitment form.
  4. Submit a $75 non-refundable reinstatement fee.
  5. Take placement test(s), if applicable.
  6. Meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

That’s it!

Talk with an advisor at the City College you are considering if you have additional questions, or consider applying today.

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