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Tuition, Fees, and Waivers Procedure - 50.06.01

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Tuition and fees for credit classes at Howard Community College (HCC) are due and payable by the date indicated at the time of registration.  Tuition and fees for noncredit/continuing education classes must be paid at the time of registration.  All student obligations to the college must be paid before transcripts and diplomas will be released, and before future registration will be permitted.  All tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition Charges

Resident and non-resident tuition rates are published in the college catalog and on the HCC website.

Fee Charges

Examples of fees include the following:

  • consolidated (see procedure 62.07.02–Consolidated Fee for definition)
  • application (paid once, first enrollment)
  • international student (students issued I-20s)
  • noncredit registration
  • ID card (late or replacement)
  • proficiency exams
  • Children’s Learning Center registration

Certain courses offered by the college may require a special fee.  Current fees are identified on the college's website.


Credit Refunds

To be eligible to receive a refund, students must officially drop a credit class before the deadlines that are listed in myHCC.  Failure to attend classes does not release a student from financial obligations to the college.  Students who are deployed military or an emergency worker impacted by a national emergency are encouraged to contact the office of records, registration, and veterans’ affairs for additional refund information.

After the 15-week semesters begin, students are eligible for a graduated tuition refund: 100 percent of tuition, the consolidated fee, and course fees by the end of the first week of the semester; and 50 percent of tuition and the consolidated fee only by the end of the second week.  After the end of the second week, students may still drop a class but are not eligible for refunds.

For classes that are less than the traditional 15-week semesters, students are eligible for graduated refunds based on a percentage of the section length.*  If the drop occurs by seven percent of the section length, students are eligible for a refund of 100 percent of all tuition, the consolidated fee, and course fees.  If the drop occurs between 8-13 percent of the section length, students are eligible for a refund of 50 percent of tuition and consolidated fee only.  After the posted refund period for these sessions, students are not eligible for refunds.

*Section length is calculated by adding the span of days from the first date that the class starts to the day that the class ends.  Holidays and weekends are included, to obtain the section length.  For example, a class that starts on July 1 and ends of August 8th, has a length of 39 days.

Noncredit/Continuing Education Refunds

Refunds are available for most noncredit courses; however, there are no refunds of either tuition or fees for some courses.  Information on refunds is noted in course descriptions in the schedule of classes and other brochures.  For refund-eligible courses, if notification is received before a class begins, 100 percent of tuition and fees are refunded.  Students can notify the division of continuing education and workforce development by mail, phone, or fax or use HCC Express to drop a class online.  Once a class begins, the online option is no longer available and fees cannot be refunded.  Refunds are not available once a class has ended.

Tuition Waivers/Discounts

As stated in the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, “tuition” does not include items such as fees or costs associated with a self-supporting program, or any fees such as registration, application, administrative or laboratory work, or other charges.  These items are considered non-tuition-related charges and are not subject to waivers or discounts.

State and board of trustee approved waivers and discounts effective for the current fiscal year are detailed in the college catalog and on the college’s website.

Information on employee tuition waivers can be found in policy 63.07, Benefits, and procedures 63.07.13, Tuition/Fee Reimbursements and 63.07.14, Tuition Waiver.

Effective Date:  02/10/17

President's Office Use:  VPAF/VPSS

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