Cost/Refund Information

Cost/Refund Information


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General fees include all registration, student services matriculation, and other administrative fees to cover general classroom use, library and student services facilities, etc.  The fee is charged to all students, on or off campus.

Laboratory fee and Distance Education fee are not included.  Check course listing for additional fees in some cases. 

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, the Parking Fees will be billed separately from these established rates.

Tuition, fees, and the refund policy listed in this catalog are accurate at the time of printing. 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. 

Distance Education Course Fees

In addition to tuition, there is a $32 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.

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.

Continuing Education Unit Course Tuition and Fees

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) course tuition and fees are based on the expenses unique to each course. Therefore, each course is priced individually. For a schedule of classes and for more information on tuition and fees and refunds, contact the School of Continuing Education.

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Adult and Community Service Programs Tuition and Fees

Community Service (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 apply.

Adult High School

A non-refundable tuition is charged for each half-credit course. Go to for tuition and fee information. Forms of payment are check, money order or credit card.

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Senior Citizen Exemption

Effective Fall 2018, HCC offers two senior citizen exemptions for adults 55 years and older. For more information, visit Student Financial Services website.

Tuition Rebate

Tuition Rebate Program


Students who graduate with a baccalaureate degree from a Texas public university may qualify to receive $1,000 from the baccalaureate-granting institution if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education in fall 1997 or thereafter
  • Must have been a resident of Texas and entitled to pay instate tuition at all times while pursuing the degree
  • Must have received a baccalaureate degree from a Texas public university
  • Must have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester hours required to complete the degree in the catalog under which one graduated. Hours attempted include transfer credits, course credits earned exclusively by examination, courses that are dropped after the official census date. Hours attempted shall not include: Course credit that is earned to satisfy requirements for a ROTC program but that is not required to complete the degree program; course credit, other than course credit earned exclusively by examination, that is earned before graduating from high school; and courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student.

Students are encouraged to consult advisors to plan their course of study at the community college to maximize their chances of qualifying for this rebate when they transfer and graduate from a university with a baccalaureate degree.

Tuition and Fees Payment

  • Tuition bills are not mailed.
  • All HCC students are expected to pay or make payment arrangements at the time of registration. To avoid losing your place in class, be sure to pay based on the time lines allowed under the registration procedures either at a designated registration site or online.
  • Students who fail to make payments according to the registration process guidelines may be dropped from some or all classes and will be required to register again. Section availability cannot be guaranteed.
  • It is the student's responsibility to pay all charges arising from registration/enrollment including those arising from reduction of financial aid award(s) due to change in enrollment and/or eligibility status.
  • Students with delinquent accounts at the end of the term will be referred to a collection agency and will be responsible in paying collection fees which maybe based on a percentage at a maximum of 24% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, incur in such collection efforts.

Pay Online


Online Payment in Full: Log in with your student account and pay your full tuition and fees online, without the trouble of waiting in line to pay in person on campus.

  • On the home page, Student Sign In.
  • Enter your Web User ID and Password or follow the instructions to obtain your Web User ID and Password.
  • When you sign on, verify your address and phone data. If no changes are necessary, click on continue.
  • Acknowledge Student Financial Responsibility and HCC Policies to continue.
  • On the Student’s Center, click “Make a Payment or Set up a Payment Plan".
  • Select Click here to make a payment or Enroll in Payment Plan. Complete the payment plan enrollment as directed.
  • Enter credit card/checking account information.
  • Enter student e-mail address.
  • Review information.
  • Submit payment.
  • Receive confirmation that payment has been accepted.

If credit card is declined, you may repeat the process using a different credit card.

Pay in Person


Students may pay by check or money order at any cashier’s window. Some locations may accept cash. Students who are receiving tuition waivers or students whose tuition is billed to a company or agency must pay in person. The remaining balance should be paid in full or a Payment Plan must be set up.

Installment Payment Plan


HCC makes education affordable to students. Students have the option to pay tuition and fees in full or in installment.

See Payment Plans

Refunds and Credit Balance

Refund of Financial Aid Residual


The Financial Aid Office determines the schedule of refunds in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education.

HCC Eagle Card


Since Fall 2009, HCC has engaged the services of Higher One in managing student refunds. In June 16, 2016, it was transitioned to BankMobile Disbursement. Students are given Refund Selection Kit to register their refund option - either Direct Deposit to an existing bank account or they may choose to open BankMobile account.

Credit Balances & Refunds


Credits generated as a result of withdrawal shall be refunded after the official date of record or earlier upon student request. Credits resulting from credit card payments shall be refunded to the same credit card used for initial payment as the first option. However, if it is not practicable, HCC may refund it through HCC Eagle Card.

Amount of refunds for withdrawals are determined in accordance with the Drop and Withdrawal Refund Schedule based on total semester fees. If the student has established a payment plan, any remaining installment payments due are deducted from the refund amount. Any reduction in the balance due to a withdrawal will be adjusted on the remaining installments.

Course withdrawal does not release the student from the obligation to pay any balance owed to the College. One hundred percent (100%) refund before class begins of ALL tuition and fees will be made ONLY when a class does not make or a college error is involved.

Delinquent Student Account Balances


Students are responsible for payment of all outstanding account balances including those arising from reduction or adjustments of financial aid awards due to change in enrollment and/or eligibility status. Holds will be placed on the student record preventing registration, grades, transcripts and other college services as the account balance becomes delinquent. Balances not settled may be forwarded to a collection agency. It is the students responsibility to pay collection fees, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 24% of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, incur in such collection efforts.

Notification of the outstanding student account balance is delivered by email to the student’s college email address and/or by mail to the current mailing address on record. Students can always view the balance and details online. It is the responsibility of the students to update their email and mailing addresses each time there is a change. Notifications sent by the college thru any of these addresses are considered delivered.

There may be other costs incurred by students with delinquent balances as defined in their payment plans or indicated in services used.

Schedule for Drop and Withdrawal Refunds Schedule:


100% Refund Dates on Drops/Withdrawals are listed on the schedule.*

*A $15.00 Change of Schedule Fee is deducted after computing the percentage refund. All non-refundable fees (see catalog) will be deducted before the percentage for refund is applied.

Class LengthLast Day for 70%
Refund *
Last Day for 25%
2 or less wks. 2nd day n/a 
3 wks.  3rd day  4th day
4 wks.  4th day 5th day 
5 wks. 5th day  6th day 
6 wks.  5th day  7th day 
7 wks.  7th day  9th day 
8 wks. 8th day  10th day
9 wks.  9th day      11th day 
10 wks.  9th day  12th day 
11 wks.  10th day  14th day 
12 wks.  12th day 15th day 
13 wks.  13th day  16th day 
14 wks. 13th day 17th day 
15 wks.  14th day  19th day
16 wks. or more 15th day 20th day

Returned Checks


Whenever a check payment or an electronic check payment is returned. A $25 returned check fee shall be assessed.

Non-Refundable Fees


NOTE: HCC will not refund the following fees for any reason other than that the class fails to make.

Drop/Add - Fee - $15

Returned Check - Fee - $25

Stop Payment - Fee - $25

Payment Plan Enrollment - Fee - $30

Payment Plan Late - Fee - $10

International Application - Fee - $75

International Orientation - Fee - $50

Deferment/Reproduction - Fee - $50

(one-time charge for F, M, or J Visas only)

Back-Dated Diploma - $15

Transcript Fee - $5*

Transcript Fee for Overnight Express or Fax - $15

Fee for Advanced Standing Examination for College
Credit (per course) - $25

Fee for Advanced Standing Credit (per evaluation) - $25

A student is not registered for any course until the full amount is paid or an installment contract is executed. For students enrolling in a Health Sciences program, see the Health Sciences section.

*An additional service provider fee is required if transcript is requested by phone or Web.

Change of Schedule: Drop/Add/ Swap

Before Classes Begin

Students may add classes but only through the drop/add/swap period. Payment of course fees must be made at the time of the change. If a class is full, consider taking the course at a different time, location, via Distance Education, or in the second start session.

After Classes Begin

Students can make a class change online through the drop/add/swap period listed in the academic calendar (see calendar homepage). Approval of requests for changes will be based on the availability of space in the class to which you wish to transfer.

Deadline for changing schedule or adding courses is as follows:

  • In- Person - Friday before the start of session
  • Online – Night before the start of session

Dropping Courses

Students should make sure they are aware of penalties regarding financial aid, additional tuition costs,etc. before withdrawing from course.
It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course. Failure to officially withdraw may result in the student receiving a grade of “F” in the course. A student may officially withdraw in any of the following ways:

Drop online.
Send a letter requesting withdrawal to:

Houston Community College
P. 0. Box 667517
Houston, TX 77266-7517

The withdrawal will be effective the date of postmark.
Fax a letter of withdrawal to 713.718.2111.

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student who officially withdraws from a course before the Official Date of Record will not receive a grade and the course will not appear on the student’s permanent record. A student withdrawing from a course after this period and prior to the deadline designated in the HCC calendar will receive a grade of “W.”

Limitation/Costs of Course Withdrawals

Under Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code

An institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.” This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in the Spring 2007 and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as a first - time freshman in fall 2007 or later. Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six - course limit if “(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution.” High school students enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and Early College are waived from this requirement until they graduate from high school. All college-level courses dropped after the official day of record are included in the six-course limit unless the student demonstrates to an appropriate college official that one of the following events occurred to the student during the semester or summer session:

  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The student's responsibility for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person if the provision of that care affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The death of a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family or who is otherwise considered to have a sufficiently close relationship to the student that the person's death is considered to be a showing of good cause.
  • The active duty service as a member of the Texas National Guard or the armed forces of the United States of either the student or a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family and such active duty interferes with the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The change of the student's work schedule that is beyond the control of the student and that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • Other personal or family reason that is considered catastrophic or beyond the control of the student and interferes with the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course (as determined by the college official).
  • Total withdrawal of all courses for the whole semester (i.e. fall, spring, summer). HCC students affected by this statute that have attended or plan to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution’s policies on dropping courses.