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Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC)

What is the Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC)?

The Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC) is an environment that allows students to take courses from other Michigan community colleges while receiving support services at their “home” college and maintaining their academic record at the college where they are seeking a degree or certificate (the “degree-granting” college).

How does taking classes through the VLC work?

  • Courses are available through the VLC in the Course Schedule.
  • Colleges that will be offering and conducting the courses are considered “provider” colleges.
  • Colleges that will be supporting students taking courses via the VLC with library services, advising, testing, tutoring, etc. are considered “home” colleges.
  • The college from which a student is pursuing a program of study (associates degree or certificate of completion) is considered the “degree-granting” college. Each student must seek Financial Aid and Academic Advising from their degree-granting college.
  • As a student enrolling in classes through the VLC, you will need to identify a home college when registering for a course.
  • Each college has provided course equivalencies for courses offered so that you will know how the course will transfer to your degree-granting college.
  • In order to enroll in a course you will be asked to complete a series of pre-course activities consisting of an internet tools test that verifies your competencies in important areas: e-mail, downloading files, and participating in a threaded discussion. This will be required the first time you enroll.
  • You will receive course information from the provider college and complete the coursework through that college.
  • You will pay tuition to the provider college.
  • After the completion of the course, the provider college will notify the degree-granting college so the course can be included on your transcript.

Transfer issues

All courses offered through the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC) have been evaluated by participating member colleges to indicate the transfer credit equivalency that will be granted. The transfer equivalencies are listed at the bottom of the course information.

If you are unable to determine the specific credit equivalency that will be allowed by your degree-granting college for a course you wish to take, please contact your academic advisor, a Kirtland counselor, or the Records & Registration Office.

Many students taking VLC courses are also interested in how the course will transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. The most comprehensive transfer information can be found on a web site maintained by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO).

VLC Rates

All courses listed in the VLC online course catalog share common tuition rates.

Tuition rates can be found here:

The tuition structure for courses taken through the MCCVLC has been developed to be as straight-forward as possible. Students will only be charged the tuition rates listed above and possibly a course-related fee (such as a lab fee or course materials fee). No other fees (such as registration fees, technology fees, student activity fees, parking fees, etc.) will be assessed in addition to the tuition.

Regardless of which college is offering the course, you will be eligible for the in-district tuition rate if you are a resident of ANY Michigan community college district. If you are a Michigan resident, but do not live within a community college district, you will be charged the out-of-district tuition rate.  All other students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate.

In order to be charged the in-district tuition, you must be able to provide proof of residency according to the Kirtland residency policy.  If you do not do so, you will be charged out-of-district tuition or out-of-state tuition, as appropriate.

All students are required to provide proof of residency of their current legal address. Residency proof must have the student’s name on it and be submitted to the Admissions Office, before they can register for classes.

Acceptable residency proof includes: driver’s license, verifiable rent receipts (if rent receipts are not available, a notarized letter from the landlord will be accepted), a dated lease agreement, voter’s registration card, place of residence property tax receipt, or Secretary of State identification card.  Verifiable rent receipts must contain all the following information:  the address of the property being rented; the date of payment; signature, address and phone number of the landlord.

For more information…

Visit the VLC website at