Tuition is set by the North Carolina Legislature and the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Tuition rates are subject to change without notice. College fees are established by the RCCC Board of Trustees and are also subject to change without notice.
Registration and Payment of Tuition and Fees
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Tuition and fees, as well as the refund policy, are set by the NC State Board of Community Colleges and the NC General Assembly (NCGA), and are subject to change. Any changes will be announced by the NCGA in July of each year. Refunds are automatically processed based on deadlines and drop dates.
Because the state helps pay the tuition of North Carolina residents out of tax dollars, tuition for North Carolina residents is $71.50 per credit hour, up to and including 16 credit hours. There will be a maximum charge of $1,144.00 per semester. Tuition for non-resident students is charged at the rate of $263.50 per credit hour with a maximum charge of $4,216.00 per semester. The college accepts Master Card, VISA, American Express, and Discover credit cards for registration payment.
A resident student is generally defined as one whose legal resided in North Carolina for at least 12 months before enrollment or re-enrollment in the college. The college operates on the semester system, and all students are expected to register during the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. The rates are subject to change by action of the NC General Assembly.
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Campus Access Fee
All students pay a campus access flat fee of $20.00 per semester/term which supports parking, security systems, student accident insurance, remote notification and public safety infrastructure, and other enhancements of access to college facilities. This fee is refundable only if the student completely drops all courses by the refund deadline as published in the Academic Calendar.
Accident insurance, covering hours in school, is required of all students and is included in the Campus Access Fee. All enrolled students of RCCC are eligible. Students are covered while participating in scheduled, sponsored and supervised activities of RCCC.
Student Activity Fee
Students at RCCC are required to pay a $28.00 activity fee for fall and spring semesters (regardless of the number of credit hours enrolled). This fee covers student activities coordinated by the SGA. Students pay a $6.00 activity fee for summer term, regardless of the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled.
Students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College pay a technology fee for each of the fall and spring semesters, and summer term. Technology fees cover the cost of instructional supplies, materials, computers and other technology support. Technology fees are charged on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled as follows:
7+ credit hours: $16.00 per semester
1-6 credit hours: $8.00 per semester
Curriculum students will pay a lab fee for courses that have an associated lab. The fee will range from $5.00 to $15.00.
Textbooks and Supplies
The cost of textbooks and supplies varies with the program of study. These items may be purchased from the Bookstore. The Bookstore accepts Master Card and VISA credit cards for payment of textbooks and other merchandise.
Nursing Testing Fees
All Nursing students are required to pay a fee for testing services. This fee is billed for the NUR course at the time of registration. Please refer to the individual Nursing Programs of Study for estimated program costs by semester.
Professional Liability Insurance
Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Dental, Nursing, and Radiography students are required to purchase student professional liability insurance which is available for approximately $13.00 per year. Students in Continuing Education courses which require patient care or direct client service are also required to have professional liability insurance. The RCCC Cashiers Office can provide additional information about this fee.
Curriculum students will pay a $5.00 fee each semester per graduate, regardless of participation in the ceremony, to offset the costs of degree, diploma, or certificate production and diploma cover, as well as cover the cap and gown cost for the ceremony. This fee is non-refundable.
Official Transcript Fee
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in partnership wiht SCRIP-SAFE International provides twenty-four hour access to online transcript ordering through a secure website. Please use the online transcript request form. This fee is non-refundable.
Students choosing to retest will pay a fee to cover the actual cost of the test. The cost will vary depending on the test or inventory type. Fees range from $5.00 to $22.00. This fee is non-refundable.
Students choosing to enroll in ART 261 – Photography I will be charged a material fee of $170 to cover expenses including, but not limited to, film, printing paper, chemistry, and facility rental.
Students choosing to enroll in ART 283 will be charged $210.50 to cover the cost of facility usage and materials.
Students choosing to enroll in specific MSM courses located at SMP will incur an additional $80 lab fee to cover off-campus industry facility experience.