D.2 Enrollment

D.2 Admissions

Responsible Department: Admissions and Records

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010



D.2 Admissions

The College is an open admissions institution and the Board is committed to providing educational access to all who have the ability to benefit.

D.2.1 General Requirements

Responsible Department: Admissions and Records

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010



The general requirements for admissions are included herein and in the current College catalog as mandated by relevant law and approved by the HCC Board of Trustees. These requirements are based upon current conditions and/or are subject to change, as necessitated by the College or legislative action.

D.2.2 Tuition & Fees

Responsible Department: Admissions and Records

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010



Tuition and fee requirements are described herein and in the current College catalog as mandated by the State and approved by the HCC Board of Trustees. The HCC Board of Trustees reserves the right to modify any statement concerning tuition as necessitated by College or legislative action.

D.2.2.1. Residency Policy

D.2.2.1.1. General Policy

Texas residency shall be determined according to state statute and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules.

The Board is responsible for establishing a tuition and fee structure that shall apply to eligible in-District Texas residents. Students who are out-of-District Texas residents or international out-of-state residents will be assessed an additional fee.

D.2.2.1.2. Incidental Fees

The Board may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds so collected. The rate of an incidental fee shall reasonably reflect the actual cost to HCC of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. The Board shall publish in the catalog a description of the amount of each incidental fee.

D.2.2.1.3. Continuing Education Course Fees

The Board shall charge a reasonable fee to each person registered in a Continuing Education (CE) course at HCC. The Board shall set the fee in an amount sufficient to permit HCC to recover the costs of providing the course.

D.2.2.1.4. Student Activity Fees

The Board shall collect from registered students an activity fee of $1.00 per credit hour each semester up to a maximum of $12.00 to be used to support student activities that are separate and apart from the regularly scheduled academic functions of HCC and directly involve or benefit students.

D.2.2.2. Other Student Fees, Fines and Charges

The Board may collect fees or charges from students only as permitted by law. The College Operations Officer or appropriate official may initiate disciplinary proceedings against students who:

  1. Refuse to pay or fail to pay a debt they owe to the College
  2. Give the College a check, draft, or order with intent to defraud the College. A student’s failure to pay the College the amount due on a check, draft, or order on or before the tenth business day after the day the Business Office sends written notice that the drawee has rightfully refused payment on the check, draft, or order, is prima facie evidence that the student intended to defraud the College.

D.2.2.3. Attendance

The Board fosters an atmosphere of optimal academic achievement. To that end, student attendance in class is important for the educational experience, and students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled.

The general requirements for attendance are included herein and in the current College catalog as mandated by the State and approved by the HCC Board of Trustees. The College reserves the right to modify any statement concerning attendance as necessitated by the College or legislative action. The College reserves the right to cancel classes on any given day and/or evening due to current conditions and/or necessity.

D.2.2.3.1. Religious Holy Days

HCC shall include in its catalog and official bulletins a statement regarding its specific attendance policies and procedures for religious holy days.

D.2.3 Student Health

Responsible Department: Admissions and Records

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010



The College does not discriminate against or deny access to students solely on the grounds that a student has a “communicable disease,” as defined by the Texas Department of Health. The College reserves the right to exclude a person with a communicable disease from College facilities, programs, and functions, if the College makes a medically-based determination that the restriction is necessary for the welfare of the person who has the communicable disease and/or the welfare of the other members of the College community.

D.2.4 Student Records

Responsible Department: Admissions and Records

Date Approved/Amended: December 2, 2010



Through the Registrar, the College maintains a comprehensive system of student records and complies with the Family Educational Rights and Policy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g. Records of present or former students of the system are confidential and are not public information.