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.

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

To determine their tuition and fees, students should carefully read the following two paragraphs. Students auditing a course pay the same rates as students taking the course for credit. (See more info on "Auditing Courses" below - bottom of page.)   


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


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

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


Please note: Fees listed are for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  If applicable, students may also be charged the following additional fees:   


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


$  26.00 per credit  

 College Service Fee

$159.00 per credit  

 Technology Fee

$  20.00 per credit  


$205.00 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. 


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


$  39.00 per credit  

 College Service Fee

$159.00 per credit  

 Technology Fee

$  20.00 per credit  


$218.00 per credit  


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


$  260.00 per credit  

 College Service Fee

$159.00 per credit  

 Technology Fee

$  20.00 per credit  


$439.00 per credit  


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 go to "Community Education and Workforce Development." 


Information about accident and medical insurance is available by clicking here: and selecting “Berkshire Community College.”   Students covered under a comparable health insurance plan may waive the fee by visiting the "Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan" link at Gallagher.

Fall  (9/1/16 through 8/31/17)


Spring  (1/1/17 through  8/31/17)



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 selected fees

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

Challenge Assessment


Clinical Makeup


Late Payment/Reinstatement


Life Experience


Returned Check  


Stop Payment Fee  


Student Activity Fee   (Day Students)


Three Installment   Payment Plan





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


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.


To assist students in paying their bills, the college offers a Three Installment Payment Plan (TIPP). The plan requires a co-maker and a non-refundable $30 application fee. Application 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 $50 late fee. Payment for summer courses is due at the time of registration.


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, 413-236-3042 or 413-236-3043 during business hours, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday;
  • By WebAdvisor 24 hours a day. Follow the link at .


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.


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.


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.


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 canceled 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.

Fees listed are for the 2013-2014 Academic year.

1-2 Days of Semester*

7-10 Days of Semester*

After 10th Day of Semester**










1-6 Days of Semesters

3-4 Days of Semesters

After 4th Day of Semesters




  * Includes tuition, college service, and technology fees.  

** Days refer to business days (weekends, holidays, and other non-business days are excluded).



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


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 to 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.