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Tuition & Fees Explained

Where Do My Costs Come From?

For every credit you register for, we charge tuition, a college service fee, and a technology fee. The cost-per-credit depends on several factors, including whether you take day, evening, or online courses and your state of residency.

The total number of credits taken comprise part of your semester fees;

Other fees include:

  • The cost of books and supplies
  • Travel to and from campus
  • Additional activities and expenses.

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Day vs. Evening Courses

Day Courses

Day Courses are defined as:

  • Begin before 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday
  • Fall and Spring semester only

The tuition and fees for day courses are based on the student's residency as shown below.

Evening & Online Courses

Evening courses are defined as:

  • All courses starting at or after 4:00 p.m.
  • All courses held on weekends; and
  • All courses offered during the summer.

All evening and online courses are charged the Massachusetts resident rates (see below). 

Costs by Residency

  • Massachusettes Residents, All Evening Students, and All Online Courses

    The following rates apply to Massachusetts residents for day courses; and to all students, regardless of residency, for evening and online courses:

    • Total – $223 per credit
    • Tuition – $26 per credit
    • College Service Fee (CSF) – $173 per credit
    • Technology Fee – $24 per credit

    Per-Credit Breakdown

    Credits

    Tuition

    CSF

    Tech. Fee

    Total

    1 $26 $173 $24 $223
    2 $52 $346 $48 $446
    3 $78 $519 $72 $669
    4 $104 $692 $96 $892
    5 $130 $865 $120 $1,115
    6 $156 $1,038 $144 $1,338
    7 $182 $1,211 $168 $1,561
    8 $208 $1,384 $192 $1,784
    9 $234 $1,557 $216 $2,007
    10 $260 $1,730 $240 $2,230
    11 $286 $1,903 $264 $2,453
    12 $312 $2,076 $288 $2,676
    13 $338 $2,249 $312 $2,899
    14 $364 $2,422 $336 $3,122
    15 $390 $2,595 $360 $3,345
    Add $223 for each credit over 15.

    To qualify, a student must:

    1. Be a Massachusetts resident for at least six months prior to the start of a semester, and;
    2. Submit a completed residency form to the Registrar's office. Students who do not submit a residency form will be assessed out-of-state rates.
  • New England & New York Residents (Day Course Rates)

    The following rates apply to New England (other than Massachusetts) and New York residents for day courses:

    • Total – $236 per credit
    • Tuition – $39 per credit
    • College Service Fee – $173 per credit
    • Technology Fee – $24 per credit

    Credits

    Tuition

    CSF

    Tech. Fee

    Total

    1 $39 $173 $24 $236
    2 $78 $346 $48 $472
    3 $117 $519 $72 $708
    4 $156 $692 $96 $944
    5 $195 $865 $120 $1,180
    6 $234 $1,038 $114 $1,416
    7 $273 $1,211 $168 $1,652
    8 $312 $1,384 $192 $1,888
    9 $351 $1,557 $216 $2,124
    10 $390 $1,730 $240 $2,360
    11 $429 $1,903 $264 $2596
    12 $468 $2,076 $288 $2,832
    13 $507 $2,249 $312 $3,068
    14 $546 $2,422 $336 $3,304
    15 $585 $2,595 $360 $3,540
    Add $236 for each credit over 15.
  • Out of State Students (Day Course Rates)

    The following rates apply to international students and all other out-of-state residents for day courses:

    • Total – $457 per credit
    • Tuition – $260 per credit
    • College Service Fee – $173 per credit
    • Technology Fee – $24 per credit

    Credits

    Tuition

    CSF

    Tech. Fee

    Total

    1 $260 $173 $24 $457
    2 $520 $346 $48 $914
    3 $780 $519 $72 $1,371
    4 $1040 $692 $96 $1,828
    5 $1,300 $865 $120 $2,285
    6 $1,560 $1,038 $144 $2,742
    7 $1,820 $1,211 $168 $3,199
    8 $2,080 $1,384 $192 $3,656
    9 $2,340 $1,557 $216 $4,113
    10 $2,600 $1,730 $240 $4,570
    11 $2,860 $1,903 $264 $5,027
    12 $3,120 $2,076 $288 $5,484
    13 $3,380 $2,249 $312 $5,941
    14 $3,640 $2,422 $336 $6,398
    15 $3,900 $2,595 $360 $6,855
    Add $457 for each credit over 15.
  • Senior Citizens

    Senior Citizens who are legal residents of Massachusetts, and 60 years of age or older, may qualify for a categorical tuition waiver. With the waiver, seniors pay no tuition and about one-third the credit course fees paid by non-senior students. 

    Qualified seniors who are non-degree students are issued a "space available" tuition waiver. Space available means that there is a sufficient paid enrollment to meet minimum class-size requirements, but the course is not full. Space available registration generally begins about two weeks before the start of each semester. Specific registration dates and fee amounts are announced in the semester registration schedule.

    Seniors can choose to take courses either for credit or on an audit basis. For more info, see Community Education and Workforce Development.

    How to Apply for a Tuition Waiver

    Application forms for the tuition waiver are available in the Registrar's Office

    Completed forms should be submitted along with proof of age, e.g., driver's license. If qualified, the Registrar's Office will issue a tuition waiver certificate good for one academic year at a time.

Additional Fees

Fees listed below are for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If applicable, students may also be charged the following additional fees:

  • Program Fees

    Program Name

    Per-Semester Cost

    Nursing (Associate Degree) $300
    Practical Nursing $100
    Physical Therapy Assistant $250
    Respiratory Care $125
    Massage Therapy $150
    *Fees may change without notice.
  • Health Insurance (Optional)

    Health Insurance charges are charged to all students enrolled in 9 or more credits in a degree or certificate program.

    • Fall (9/1/2018 through 8/31/2019) – $1,879
    • Spring (1/1/2019 through 8/31/2019) – $1,254

    Information about accident and medical insurance, including a student health insurance waiver form is available online at https://www.gallagherstudent.com/berkshire

  • MASSPIRG (Optional)

    All day students are automatically charged a $9 contribution each semester to the Massachusetts Public Interest Issues Research Group (MASSPIRG).

    Students who wish to waive the fee can do so at http://www.berkshirecc.edu/srf

  • Miscellaneous Fees

    Depending on the needs and circumstances of each student, the following fees may apply:

    Fee

    Fee Amount*

    Challenge Exam $30 per credit
    Clinical Makeup $50 per makeup
    Convenience Fee for Credit Card Payments 2.50%
    Late Payment/Reinstatement $100 per semester
    Life Experience $30 per credit
    Payment Plan Application Fee $30 (non-refundable)
    Registration $40 per semester (waived for students registered during Priority Registration)
    Returned Check $20 per check
    Science Lab Fee $30 per course
    Stop Payment Fee/Lost Check $30 per check
    Student Activity Fee (Day Students) $30 per semester
    Transcript $5 per electronic copy; $6 per paper copy (additional $4 for same-day service)
    *Fees may change without notice.

Auditing Courses

A student who audits a course registers for the course but does not intend to receive credit for the course. Attendance requirements for audit students should conform with the instructor's policy for the class as a whole, unless other arrangements are made between the auditing student and the teacher.

  • Students who audit a course are normally not required to complete work assignments, take tests, or fulfill laboratory requirements. However, the auditing students may request to be allowed to participate in such activities.
  • Some courses may not be appropriate for auditing. Students who wish an audited course to appear on their transcript as an audit must register for the course, indicating "Audit" on the registration form.
  • Students who wish to change from audit to credit must complete a request form available from the Registrar's Office. The same is true for students wishing to change from credit to audit. These changes must be done before, and no later than, the mid-term grade date.
  • Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for audited courses. A student who has previously received financial aid for a course being changed from credit to audit may be liable to repay a portion of the aid received.

*Please note that the cost for auditing a course is the same as taking it for credit, and financial aid cannot be used to pay for an audited class. If you change a course from credit to audit and you’re receiving financial aid, you may be responsible for repaying a portion of the aid received.

**Tuition, fees and refund policies may change without notice.