Tuition, Fees, and Waivers Procedure - 50.06.01
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Tuition, fees, and First Day materials charges for credit courses 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 courses must be paid at the time of registration. All student financial obligations to the college should be paid before transcripts and diplomas will be released. Any outstanding student financial obligations may prevent future registration. All tuition and fees are subject to change.
Resident and non-resident tuition rates are published in the college catalog and on the HCC website.
Examples of fees include the following:
- consolidated (refer to procedure 62.07.02–Consolidated Fee for definition);
- application (paid once for applicable programs);
- international student (students issued I-20s);
- noncredit registration;
- ID card (late or replacement); and
- proficiency exams.
Certain courses offered by the college may require a special fee. Current fees are identified on the college's website.
First Day Materials Charge
Some credit courses may include a First Day materials charge as a separate charge associated with the course. The First Day program is an inclusive access program and partnership between HCC, Barnes & Noble, and publishers to offer electronic textbooks and/or access codes at a lowered cost compared to traditional print material as part of the student's course materials, delivered directly within their Canvas course. As such, First Day materials do not need to be purchased in the bookstore. However, if a student prefers, they may opt out of First Day through their Canvas course page. Before opting out it is suggested the student speak with their instructor as required course materials are vital to student success.
Credit Course Refunds
To be eligible to receive a refund, students must officially drop a credit course before the deadlines that are listed in myHCC. Under extenuating circumstances, if the college needs to cancel the course, prorated refunds may be issued. 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.
For 15-week course sections, 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 course but are not eligible for refunds.
For course sections that are less than 15-weeks, students are eligible for a graduated refund 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. Students should check myHCC for section specific drop and withdrawal deadlines.
*Section length is calculated by adding the span of days from the first date that the course starts to the day that the course ends. Holidays and weekends are included, to obtain the section length. For example, a course that starts on July 1 and ends on August 8 has a length of 39 days.
Noncredit/Continuing Education Course 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, brochures, or online. To be eligible to receive a refund, students must officially drop a noncredit course before the refund deadline. For many courses, if the course is officially dropped before it begins, 100 percent of tuition and fees are refunded. Students can request to drop a class by notifying the division of continuing education and workforce development or drop online. Once a class begins, the online option is no longer available and fees cannot be refunded. The college reserves the right to cancel classes or make changes due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. In these events, students will be notified. A 100 percent refund will be issued for any class the college cancels prior to the start date. Under extenuating circumstances, if a class in progress must be cancelled, pro-rated refunds may be issued. Refunds are not available once a class has ended. Failure to attend classes does not release a student from financial obligations to the college.
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.
Effective Date: 04/08/22
President's Office Use: VPAF/VPSS - CAT