Cost/Refund Information

Cost of Attendance and Refund Information

Students have to pay tuition and mandatory fees based on residency, as discussed above and subject to certain waivers and exemptions. Tuition and fee rates are published on the HCC website and can be accessed at

Some courses have additional course fees such as laboratory fees and program fees. Check course listings for additional fees. More information on course fees is contained below.

HCC charges a higher tuition rate to students registering for the third or subsequent time for certain courses. Students who enroll for most credit and CEU classes for a third or more time will be charged an additional $50 per semester credit hour and $3.00 per contact hour, except for courses exempted by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Parking Fees are not part of the published standard Tuition & Fee rates. Therefore, Parking Fees are billed separately from these established rates.
HCC reserves the right to change its tuition and fees and refund policy structure wholly or in part during the year covered by this catalog.

Tuition and Fee Schedule for Academic Year 2018-2019

Semester Credit Tuition Fees

DescriptionFall 2018Spring 2019
In District    
Tuition ($50.00 minimum) $31.00 per hour $31.00 per hour
Out of District    
Tuition Out-of-District $95.00 per hour $111.00 per hour
Tuition Out-of-State $95.00 per hour $131.00 per hour

Mandatory Fees

DescriptionFall 2018Spring 2019
General Fee $25.50 per hour   $25.50 per hour
Out-of-District General Fee $33.50 per hour $33.50 per hour
Out-of-State General Fee $50.00 per hour  $50.00 per hour 
Tuition Out-of-District $95.00 per hour $111.00 per hour
Technology Fee $10.00 per hour  $14.00 per hour 
Student Activity Fee $1.00 per hour ($12.00
maximum)$95.00 per hour
$1.00 per hour ($12.00
maximum)$95.00 per hour
Recreation/Athletics Fee $6.00 per semester $6.00 per semester

Other Incidental Fees

DescriptionFall 2018Spring 2019
Distance Education Fee $32.00 per DE course $42.00 per DE course
Deferment/Reproduction Fee $50.00 $50.00
Drop/Add Fee $15.00 $15.00
Lab Fee $4.00 - $80.00 $4.00 - $80.00
International Student Application Fee $75.00 $75.00
Installment Plan Enrollment Fee $30.00 $30.00
Installment Plan Late Fee $10.00 per late installment $10.00 per late installment
Reinstatement Fee $75.00 $75.00
Repeater Fee $50.00 per hour $50.00 per hour
Returned Check Payment Fee $25.00 $25.00
Stop Payment Fee $25.00 $25.00
Transcript Fee $5.00 $5.00
Transcript Fee through Service Provider Based on Service Provider Price Based on Service Provider Price

Testing Fees

DescriptionFall 2018Spring 2019
Advance Standing Examination for
College Credit Fee
$25.00 per course   $25.00 per course
Advance Standing Credit Evaluation $25.00 per evaluation $25.00 per evaluation
Accuplacer College Level Math $10.00 per attempt  $10.00 per attempt  
Accuplacer ESL $29.00 Initial Test
$10.00 Retest
$29.00 Initial Test
$10.00 Retest
CLEP Test $12.00  $12.00 
Correspondence Test - Proctoring Fee $25.00 $25.00
EMT Testing Fee $29.00 - $209.00 $29.00 - $209.00
HESI $45.00 - $75.00 $45.00 - $75.00
National Registry Test Fee $80.00 - $125.00 $80.00 - $125.00
NCLEX-RN Prep Fee $23.00 - $45.00 $23.00 - $45.00
Medical Assistant Exam Fee $125.00 $125.00
State Fire Fighter Exam Fee $85.00 $85.00
Surgical Technology Exam Fee $190.00 $190.00
TEAS $86.00 $86.00
TSI Assessment $29.00 All Sections
$10.00 Per section
$29.00 All Sections
$10.00 Per section

Course Specific Fee

DescriptionFall 2018Spring 2019
Lab Fee $24 - Various  $24 - Various 
Adult High School Materials Fee $10.00/$20.00
(Art, BCIS, & BIM)
(Art, BCIS, & BIM)
Adult High School Tuition $275.00   $275.00
Cert Nursing Aid Liability Fee $12.00 $12.00
Computer Science Program Fee $24.00-$75.00 $24.00-$75.00 
Commercial Music Fee $75.00 $75.00
Commercial Truck Clearing Acct $225.00 - $350.00 $225.00 - $350.00
EMS AHA Card Fee $3.00 (CPR)
$15.00 (Advanced)
$3.00 (CPR)
$15.00 (Advanced)
EMS OR Fee $25.00 (Basic)
$40.00 (Advanced)
$25.00 (Basic)
$40.00 (Advanced)
EMT Online Web Tool Fee $110.00 $110.00
HS-Film Badge Fee $10.00 - $26.00 $10.00 - $26.00
HS-Liability Insurance Fee $10.00 - $34.00 $10.00 - $34.00
Music Fee $145.00 $145.00
Phlebotomy Liability Fee $12.00 $12.00
Phlebotomy Materials and Supplies $10.00 - $60.00 $10.00 - $60.00
Police In Service Mat/Test Fee $50.00 $50.00
Registration Fee Literacy NCR $20.00 $20.00
Registration Fee Math & Reading $60.00 $60.00
Software Access Fee $60.00 $60.00
VAST Office Lab Fee $10.00 $10.00
VAST Office Mat/Supply $5.00 - $15.00 $5.00 - $15.00

Online Course Fees
In addition to tuition, there is a $42 fee for each distance education course.

Dual Credit Course Tuition Waivers
Effective Fall 2016, tuition and fees are waived for all dual credit and early college high school
students. The dual credit courses count toward both a student’s high school graduation
requirements and a college-level certificate or degree. See Board Policy GH(LOCAL).

Flexible-Entry Course Fees
The cost of courses taken in the flex-entry term is the same as for regular semester-hour courses.

Laboratory/Supply Fees
Laboratory supply fees, which help defray the cost of materials used in lab classes, vary. Certain
programs have program-specific fees. Check course listings for additional fees in some classes.

Community Service Programs Tuition and Fees
Service Learning (Non-State Funded)
Community Service course fees are based on total hours of instruction and maximum class size.
Courses which require limits to class size in order to provide additional individual attention have
larger fees. Students are expected to furnish materials necessary for the course.

Adult Education
Adult Education classes are granted supported through the Texas Workforce Commission.
Adult Education courses are grant-supported and include GED preparation, basic skills
improvement and English as-a-Second Language courses. In certain cases, a modest
nonrefundable registration fee may apply.

Accelerate Ed
Accelerate Ed are grant-supported courses that prepare students for college and career
readiness in Reading, Writing and Math. These students may or may not have already
completed a high school diploma or GED. A modest non-refundable registration fee may

Adult High School
Adult High School is a Credit Recovery program designed to assist current high school
students and adults in obtaining a Texas high school diploma. A non-refundable tuition is
charged for each half-credit course. Please see
adult-high-school/ for tuition and fee information.

Senior Citizen Exemption
Effective Fall 2018, HCC offers two senior citizen exemptions for adults 55 years and older.
For more information, please see