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    Lewis and Clark Community College
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Catalog

Tuition and Fees/Payments and Refunds


   

Residency Requirements

When enrolling at L&C, you are classified as in-district, out-of-district, out-of-state, or international student for purposes of tuition and fees.

In-District: A student is considered to be in-district if his/her legal residence is within the boundaries of L&C District No. 536 for at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which the student plans to enroll and for purposes other than attending college. (Documentation of tax district may be required.)

Out-of-District: A student living outside L&C District No. 536, who is a resident of the State of Illinois and does not attend L&C under the terms of a cooperative agreement or charge-back agreement, is considered an out-of-district student and will be charged the appropriate tuition rate.

Out-of-State: A student who is a resident of another state or country will be considered an out-of-state student and will be charged the appropriate tuition rate.

International Student: An international student on a student Visa enrolled in 12 semester hours or more who has been issued an I-20 form will be charged the appropriate out-of-state tuition rate. International students who have been issued an I-20 to attend L&C or any other college or university may not establish eligibility for in-district tuition rates.

Employer In-District: Out-of-district and out-of-state students who receive training from, and are employed by, an industry within L&C District No. 536 may qualify for in-district rates. The required form may be obtained at the Godfrey Campus Enrollment Center, N. O. Nelson Campus or any of the off-campus Community Education Centers. The in-district employer must complete a new form each semester.

Cooperative Agreements/Charge-backs: Out-of-district students who attend L&C under the terms of a cooperative agreement between L&C and another community college district, or for whom charge-back authorization has been given by the student’s home district will be charged L&C’s in-district tuition rate. 

In-District Charge-Back: District 536 residents desiring to pursue a certificate or degree program not available at L&C may apply for charge-back tuition if they want to attend another public community college in Illinois which offers that program. If approved for charge-back, you will pay the resident tuition of the receiving institution; the L&C District will reimburse the receiving community college district for the remainder of the non-district tuition cost. Note that charge backs are available for entire programs of study, and in only very few, previously agreed upon cases, for individual courses. Application for “Authorization for Partial Tuition Support Application” for charge-back tuition is to be made in the office of the Vice President of Enrollment Services.

Out-of-District Charge-Back: If you are a resident outside District 536 approved for charge-back tuition, you will pay L&C in-district tuition and your community college district will reimburse L&C for the balance of the out-of-district tuition. You first must apply for the charge-back at the community college in your district.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees of Community College District 536 and are subject to change.

Tuition
In-District Student Rate $120 per credit hour
Out-of-District Student Rate $360 per credit hour
Out-of-State Student Rate $480 per credit hour
International Student Rate $480 per credit hour
Out-of-District, Out-of-State, Online Courses $141 (maximum) per credit hour

Fees
Student Activity Fee $3 per credit hour
Athletic Fee $14 per credit hour
Technology Fee $4 per credit hour
Ecological “Green” Fee $2 per credit hour
Laboratory/Course Fee as designated per course
  
Other Fees
Application Fee no charge
Late Registration Fee $7 per course
Non-Credit Course Cost as designated per course
Non-Traditional Credit Fee $10 per credit hour granted
Online Course Fee $40 per course
Proficiency Exam Fee $50 per exam
Replacement Diploma Fee $20
Returned Check Fee $20 each
Student ID Fee First ID free, $10 for replacement ID
Transcript Fee (Academic & Financial Aid) no charge
   

Additional Costs - Students must be aware that additional expense will be incurred through the purchase of textbooks, instructional supplies, and materials needed for specific classes, such as equipment, tools, software, uniforms, licensing exams, etc.

Senior Citizen Rates - Lewis and Clark Community College has adopted tuition and fee policies which affect residents of the L&C District who are 65 years of age or older. These individuals who are enrolled in credit courses will receive a 100 percent tuition waiver. However, all students must pay all approved student fees and any applicable laboratory/course fees.  All students enrolled in a non-credit course must pay all costs at the time of registration.

Tuition Payment Due Dates

The payment due date for non-credit classes differs from the payment due date for credit classes.

Non-Credit Classes: Non-credit courses are those courses with a prefix beginning with CE, e.g., CECK-101. Non-credit courses must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Credit Classes:  The payment due date for credit classes is approximately twelve (12) days prior to the start of the term. (This date is posted on your registration statement.) Students using financial aid must authorize use of their grant or scholarship at the Financial Aid office on the main campus in Baldwin 2450. Students who make partial payments are responsible for completing their payments within the deadlines listed. Payment for late starting credit classes (generally those starting after the third week of each semester) are due seven (7) days prior to the start of the individual classes.

Tuition Payment Options

Students may pay in person, by mail, or online. Payment is accepted at the Bursar’s Office, the N.O. Nelson Campus, the Tri-County County Community Education, or the Macoupin County Community Education Centers. Payment options include cash, check, debit card/credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express only), online via BlazerNet by credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express only), Financial Aid, the Installment Plan, and Employer Tuition Assistance. Payments by check may not be accepted on student accounts which have had previous returned check activity.

Credit/Debit Card Payments - Tuition, fees, and fines can be paid by MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express in person or on-line at www.lc.edu using BlazerNet. After logging in, choose “Students” from the main menu. “Make a Payment” is located in the Financial Information section within the Students Menu.

Installment Payment Plan - An installment payment plan is available to assist in the payment of tuition and fees for credit classes only. Non-credit classes are not eligible for the installment plan. To qualify for the installment plan, you must have tuition and fee charges of at least $400. You must sign/acknowledge a promissory note.

A $15 non-refundable service fee will be charged up front if you are accepted to the plan. You will also have to make an initial down payment. This down payment consists of: the non-refundable $15 service fee; plus one third of the tuition, activity fees, technology fees, ecological fees, and lab fee charges, which are rounded up to the closest dollar. After the down payment, you will make two more payments, four weeks apart, to complete the total tuition and fee balance.  When an installment plan is set up, the plan arrangement lists the student’s specific payment due dates. Students either receive that plan in writing as soon as it is set up or are given the opportunity to print it if they are setting it up on online. Students are also able to review their status at any time through BlazerNet.  Failure to pay as scheduled may jeopardize your ability to create future installment arrangements. Textbooks and classroom supplies may not be charged to this plan. You may apply for the installment payment plan online via BlazerNet at www.lc.edu, in person at the Bursar’s office, the N. O. Nelson Campus, or at one of the Community Education Centers, after registration.

Tuition Refund Policy

Regular Credit Courses

For classes that begin the first week of the semester and last at least eight weeks, students are eligible for a 100 percent refund through the second Friday following the first day of the term. For classes that begin at midterm and last at least eight weeks, students are eligible for a 100 percent refund through the second Friday following midterm. There are no refunds thereafter. Requests for refund (deregistration) must be presented in writing by the end of the previous business day before that Friday at the Enrollment Center, N. O. Nelson Campus, or a Community Education Center, completed online through BlazerNet before the end of that Friday, mailed and postmarked before that Friday, or faxed to the Enrollment Center (618-468-2310) on or before that Friday. Written requests must include the student’s signature and social security number or student identification number.

For late starting classes (those that begin after the third week of the semester), students are eligible for a 100 percent refund through the first 12 calendar days (NOT course meetings) of each course. (Calendar days include Saturdays and Sundays.) This period is extended one day for each holiday. There are no refunds thereafter. If the last day for a refund is scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday, the request for refund (deregistration) must either be presented in writing the previous business day at the Enrollment Center, N. O. Nelson Campus, or a Community Education Center, completed online through BlazerNet on or before the 12th calendar day, mailed and postmarked before the 12th calendar day, or faxed to the Enrollment Center (618-468-2310) on or before the 12th calendar day. Written requests must include the student’s signature and social security number or student identification number.

Short Term Credit Courses

Students enrolled in short-term credit courses of less than 24 days (i.e., the number of days between the course beginning date and ending date) are eligible for a 100 percent refund through the mid-point of each course.

Non-Credit Courses with a CE– prefix

Students in courses that meet for four or more sessions are eligible for a 100 percent refund prior to the start of the second session. There are no refunds for courses that consist of three or fewer sessions once the course begins. Certain specialized non-credit courses may have separate and specific refund policies outlined in contractual agreements or in course outlines.

Non-Credit Online Courses

Students in non-credit online courses are eligible for a 100 percent refund prior to the first 10 percent point of a course using the course beginning and end dates. No refund is issued after the 10 percent point of the course. Certain online non-credit courses may have separate and specific refund policies.

Note: Debts owed to the college must be satisfied before any refunds or payments are made to the student.

A non-refundable $50 fee will be charged for each proficiency exam and must be paid before testing.