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Tuition and Fees

Affordable cost is one of the many advantages of a community college. This is especially true for students planning to earn a Bachelor's degree. By taking their freshman and sophomore years at BCC before transferring to a baccalaureate institution these students can save thousands of dollars on the cost of their education.

BCC charges tuition, a college service fee, and a technology fee for every registered credit. The actual cost per credit depends on whether the student is taking day, evening and/or online courses and the student's residency. The total cost per semester depends on the number of credits the student takes, the cost of books and supplies, travel to and from BCC, and any additional expenses and fees. Students and parents should also note that there are several ways to further reduce the cost of a college education. These include financial aid, a statewide MassTransfer program, and the higher education tax incentives provided by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997.

To determine their tuition and fees, students should carefully read the following section carefully. Students auditing a course pay the same rates as students taking the course for credit. (See more information on Auditing Courses below.)

Note: Tuition, fees and refund policies may change without notice.

Tuition & Fees

ADMISSION APPLICATION

All students can apply for admission to BCC for free.

DAY COURSES

The tuition and fees for day courses, defined as courses that begin before 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semester, are based on the student's residency as shown below.

EVENING & ONLINE COURSES

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

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

MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS

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

  • Tuition — $26 per credit
  • College Service Fee — $159 per credit
  • Technology Fee — $20 per credit
  • Total — $205 per credit
TO QUALIFY FOR MASSACHUSETTS RATES, 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

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

  • Tuition — $39 per credit
  • College Service Fee — $159 per credit
  • Technology Fee — $20 per credit
  • Total — $218 per credit

ALL OTHER RESIDENTS

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

  • Tuition — $260 per credit
  • College Service Fee — $159 per credit
  • Technology Fee — $20 per credit
  • Total — $439 per credit

ADDITIONAL FEES

Fees listed below are for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If applicable, students may also be charged the following additional fees:

HEALTH INSURANCE

Information about accident and medical insurance is available online at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk — BCC. Students covered under a comparable health insurance plan may waive the fee by visiting the "Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan" link at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk.

  • Fall (9/1/2016 through 8/31/2017) — $1,629.00
  • Spring (1/1/2017 through 8/31/2017) — $1,088.00
MASSPIRG

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 must submit a completed waiver form to the Student Accounts office.

OTHER

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

  • Challenge Assessment — $30.00/credit
  • Clinical Makeup — $50.00/makeup
  • Late Payment/Reinstatement — $100.00/semester
  • Life Experience — $30.00/credit
  • Registration Fee — $20/semester
  • Returned Check — $20.00/check
  • Stop Payment Fee/Lost Check — $30.00/check
  • Student Activity Fee (Day Students) — $25.00/semester
  • Three Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) — $30.00/semester
  • Transcript — $3.00/copy

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. 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.

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.

BILLING & PAYMENT

Students are required to respond to their bills even if payment is covered by financial aid or another source.

SEMESTER BILLS

Bills for the fall and spring semesters are mailed to the student's home address on file the Registrar's office. Fall semester bills are mailed in mid-July and are due in mid-August. Spring semester bills are mailed in mid-December and are due in early January. Students who register after the bills are mailed are given their bill upon registration. Students who register after the bill due dates are expected to pay upon registration.

INSTALLMENT PLAN

To assist students in paying their bills, the college offers a Three Installment Payment Plan (TIPP). The plan requires a co-maker and a completed application form. Application is free and forms are available in the Student Accounts office (F-108), and online.

Payment for the fall and spring semesters is due as indicated on the student's bill. Payments not received by the due date are subject to a $100 late fee. Payment for summer courses is due at the time of registration.

PAYING THE BILL

The college accepts cash, checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Payments may be made:

  • In-person at the Student Accounts office, located in Room F-108 on the first floor of the Field Administration Center on BCC's main campus in Pittsfield; or
  • By mail to Student Accounts, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (do not send cash by mail); or
  • By telephone: 413-236-3043
  • By WebAdvisor 24 hours a day.

ADDITIONAL BILLS

Students may receive at least one additional bill during a semester if they:

  1. Enrolled in a TIPP installment plan;
  2. Registered for additional credits; or
  3. Received financial aid or scholarship awards that did not sufficiently cover all charges.

RETURNED CHECKS

A check with insufficient funds is generally deposited twice and only returned to the college if it does not clear the second time. Returned checks will result in the credit being removed from the student's account, and the assessment of a $20 returned check fee. Students will be notified in writing of this action. Repayment must then be made by cash, bank check, money order, or credit card.

BALANCES AT SEMESTER'S END

Student accounts with an outstanding balance after final bills are due will be placed on hold. A series of four letters requiring immediate payment will be sent to the student. Failure to pay will result in the student's account being turned over to an approved collection company, and the student will be responsible for all collection costs and other fees incurred in the collection of the debt.

REFUND POLICY

The college adheres to the following refund policy:

  • Non-attendance alone does not qualify a student for a refund. Students must initiate, in writing, a course drop or All College Withdrawal form; and
  • Credit course refunds are based on the student's official date of withdrawal as determined by the Registrar's Office;
  • Full refunds are granted for any course cancelled by the college; and
  • Refunds are processed after the end of the refund period according to the table below. Refund checks are mailed to the student's home address on file in the Registrar's office.

Note: Credit card payments will be refunded to credit cards.

Per Credit Refund table - Day & Evening Courses - 2016-2017 Academic Year

(does not include summer 2017)

  Prior to first day* of semester 1 - 6 days* of semester 7 - 10 days* of semesters After 10th day* of semester
Massachusetts Residents and All Evening Students 100% 75% 50% 0
New England Area & New York Residents 100% 50% 50% 0
All other Residents & International Students 100% 50% 50% 0

* Includes tuition, college service, and technology fees. Days refer to business days (weekends, holidays, and other non-business days are excluded).

STUDENTS ON FINANCIAL AID

Students receiving federal or state financial aid should also see "Withdrawal/Refund Policy for Financial Aid Recipients" for additional information.

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.