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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition & Fees

Tuition - Tier 1 (effective Fall ‘14)

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):

In-District $76 per credit hour
Out-of-District, In-State $111 per credit hour
Out-of-State $168 per credit hour
International $181 per credit hour

Tuition - Tier 2 (effective Fall ‘15 for classes in Culinary Arts, Industrial Engineering Technology, Nursing and Precision Machining) 

In-District      $95 per credit hour
Out-of-District, In-State $139 per credit hour
Out-of-State $210 per credit hour
International $226 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)

General Fees

In addition to tuition, all students pay general fees totaling $19 per credit hour. These fees include:

  • Student Activities ($5.50 per credit hour)
  • Support Services ($3.50 per credit hour)
  • Technology ($5 per credit hour)
  • Facilities ($5 per credit hour).

The transcript fee is $6.25 per transcript; $15 additional for rush pick up orders. Fees are subject to change. Refer to the schedule or College web site for current information.

Other Fees

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.

Returned Checks

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 75% refund of tuition and fees. Students withdrawing between the 15th and 21st calendar days of the full semester will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made after the 21st calendar day of the semester. Once fees are due, a $5 fee will be charged for each class dropped.

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.