Tuition - Tier 1
Tuition at East Central College is among the lowest in the state of Missouri. Students pay a rate based on residency (see Residency section in the Catalog):
||$102 per credit hour
||$147 per credit hour
||$218 per credit hour
||$224 per credit hour
Tuition - Tier 2 (Culinary Arts, Industrial Engineering Technology, Nursing and Precision Machining)
||$125 per credit hour
||$180 per credit hour
||$268 per credit hour
||$287 per credit hour
A schedule of current tuition is available on the college web site: Tuition & Fees. Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees and are subject to change. (Board Policy 4.33)
In addition to tuition, all students pay general fees totaling $27 per credit hour. These fees include:
- Student Activities ($6.50 per credit hour)
- Support Services ($3.50 per credit hour)
- Technology ($5 per credit hour)
- Facilities ($7 per credit hour)
- Security ($5 per credit hour)
The transcript fee is $10 per transcript. Fees are subject to change. Refer to the schedule or College web site for current information.
Courses may also include additional fees for specialized expenses related to the course. Please refer to the current schedule or the College website: Required Special Fees for a list of the courses and their associated fees. Certain fees are not refundable.
Estimate of Other Costs
In addition to tuition and fee charges, other expenses incurred by students may include books and supplies (average $400 per semester), meals/personal expenses on campus (average $500 per semester), and travel to and from campus (average $650 per semester). Additional living expenses, childcare expenses, and other education-related expenses may also apply.
Tuition and fees are payable on or before the date published in the Academic Calendar. All checks and money orders should be made payable to East Central College. Tuition and fees may also be paid by Visa, Discover or Master Card. For information about a payment plan, contact the East Central College Business Office.
The College will assess a charge whenever a check or draft presented for payment for service is not accepted by the banking institution on which it is written because of a post-date, insufficient funds, closed account, no account, frozen account, or uncollected funds. A $25 fee will be charged if the check is returned by the banking institution for any of the above reasons.
Refund of Tuition and Fees
In a 16-week semester, students who withdraw from a course during the first seven calendar days will receive 100% refund of tuition and fees paid. Students withdrawing between the 8th and 14th calendar days of the full semester will receive a 50% refund of tuition and fees. No refunds will be made after the 14th calendar day of the semester.
Refund deadlines are prorated for courses operating on a schedule different than the regular 16-week semester, e.g. summer, late start, intersession, etc. All procedures for schedule changes or withdrawals apply.
Failure to attend classes does not constitute a schedule change or withdrawal and does not entitle the student to a refund.
Refunds for online courses and courses with arranged meeting times will follow the full semester deadlines.
The date on which the student enrolls does not determine the refund period.
Refunds will be mailed to students at the end of the refund period.
Certain fees are not refundable.