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The College reserves the right to change the fees listed herein or to add new ones whenever such additions are found to be necessary. Please see the SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for current maintenance fee charges. Rates listed are rates in effect during the 2006-2007 academic year. Rates for the 2007-08 academic year were not known at the time of printing this catalog.
Fees are subject to change at any time by action of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
All fees are payable at the time of registration each semester, unless otherwise noted in the schedule of classes. Registration at the beginning of each term is incomplete until all fees are paid, and no student may be admitted to classes without having met this financial obligation. No student may re-enroll, graduate, or receive a transcript of his record until all accounts are settled. The term "account" includes any indebtedness to the College. The student's responsibility for any indebtedness or obligation to the College is not relieved by non-attendance of class. All fees should be paid in the Business Office, located in the Administration Building.
Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Fees may be paid through Volunteer State's website, Pride Online.
A deferred payment plan is available for students who wish to defer the payment of a portion of their fees. The plan is available for Fall and Spring semesters only. The plan requires that 50% of the assessed fees (plus a $25 administrative fee) be paid at the time of registration. The remaining balance is divided into two equal payments that are due approximately 30 and 60 days into the semester. For specific terms and conditions, as well as due dates, please refer to the Semester Schedule of Classes.
Eligibility for Deferment of Payment of Tuition and Fees by Certain Eligible Students Receiving U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other Governmentally Funded Educational Assistants Benefits.
Service Members, Veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits or other governmentally funded educational assistance, subject to the conditions and guidelines set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated 49-7-104 as amended, may elect, upon formal application, to defer payment of required tuition and fees until the final day of the term for which the deferment has been requested. Application for the deferment must be made no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term, and the amount of the deferment shall not exceed the total monetary benefits to be received for the term. Students who have been granted deferments are expected to make timely payments on their outstanding tuition and fees balance once education benefits begin, and eligibility for such deferment shall terminate if the student fails to abide by any applicable rule or regulation, or to act in good faith in making timely payments. This notice is published pursuant to Public Chapter 279, Acts of 2003, effective July 1, 2003.
Each student submitting an application for admission to the College must pay, at the time he submits his application, a onetime, non-refundable fee of $10.00. This fee applies to degree students, transfer, transient, adult-special, special undergraduates, advanced, audit, early admission, and joint enrollment students. The application fee is not assessed of the pre-college community service non-credit student and is waived in the case of senior citizens or totally disabled people who wish to audit courses.
All students, whether resident or non-resident, pay a maintenance fee of 95.00 per semester hour, not to exceed a maximum of $1,115.00. Students paying the maximum fee are entitled to admission to home athletic events and certain health services, concerts, plays, social and other student-sponsored activities, as specified by announcement.
ACT Residual Test Fee
Degree-seeking students may take the ACT Residual at VSCC. The test fee is $30.00. Only those students who have made application to VSCC will be permitted to take the ACT Residual.
No charge is made for tuition to bona fide residents of the State of Tennessee; non-residents are charged $3,338.00 per semester (for full-time students) or $289.00 per semester hour (for part-time students). Tuition charges are in addition to maintenance fees.
The Director of Records and Registration shall make the original decision concerning residence classification. Further information about residence classification may be obtained from the Office of Records and Registration.
Audit Students' Fees
Students enrolling in regular college classes as auditors will pay the same fees (including the application fee and any late registration) as those enrolling for credit.
Senior Citizens' Fees
Persons 60 years of age and over who are domiciled in Tennessee may audit credit classes at no maintenance charge, providing there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment. Special fees may be charged where required. Senior citizens who audit classes will be required to submit an application for admission to the College, but are not required to pay the $10.00 application fee.
Persons 65 years of age and over who are domiciled in Tennessee may take classes for credit with a maximum fee of $70.00, providing there's space available and sufficient fee enrollment. All admissions requirements must be met and the $10.00 application fee will be charged. Senior citizens must verify their birth date, either with their driver's license or birth certificate.
Totally Disabled Persons' Fees
Persons who are permanently totally disabled and domiciled in Tennessee may audit classes at no maintenance charge, provided there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment. Special fees may be charged where required. Totally disabled persons who audit classes will be required to submit an application for admission to the College, but are not required to pay the $10.00 application fee.
Totally disabled persons who are domiciled in Tennessee may take classes for credit with a maximum fee of $70.00, providing there is space available and sufficient fee enrollment. All admissions requirements must be met and the $10.00 application fee will be charged.
Totally disabled persons must provide the College an affidavit or certificate from a physician, or an agency that has adjudicated the person to be totally disabled. Forms are available in the Office of Admissions or in the Office of Disability Services, in the basement of Wood Campus Center.
Refer to section on Regent Online Degree Program Course Fees for additional information regarding RODP courses.
Non-Credit Course/Workshop Fees
The fees for non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops vary according to the nature of the subject matter and length of instruction. Non-credit students are not assessed an application fee, a late registration fee, student activity fee, campus access fee, or technology fee. The fee for each course or workshop is published in the semester schedule of classes or in the brochure announcing the activity.
Fee Waivers and fee discounts do not apply to non-credit courses or workshops.
Regents Online Continuing Education Program Course Fees
All students enrolled in the Regents Online Continuing Education Program (ROCE) pay a course fee and an online fee. Fees are listed on the ROCE website at http://www.rodp.org/roce%20each%20semester. There is no refund after the ROCE class starts.
Individual Music Instruction Fees
A special fee for all individualized instruction in music is assessed per semester. Please see the semester schedule of classes for the amount of this fee.
Regent Online Degree Program Course Fees
All students enrolled in Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) courses pay a RODP Maintenance Fee of $95.00 per semester hour and an online fee of $39.00 per semester hour. Students who are non-residents of the State of Tennessee are charged RODP tuition of $289.00 per semester hour. These courses are separate from VSCC courses and are not included in figuring the full-time maximum for VSCC courses. There is no full-time maximum for RODP courses.
RODP fees are refundable during the specified refund dates. Please refer to the semester schedule of classes for refund dates.
For RODP courses, all students are required to pay the Online Course Fee. The Online Course Fees are not subject to limitations for disabled and elderly students.
Transcript Issuance Fee
No fee is charged for transcripts. Transcripts are issued only at the request of the student or an authorized agent to the Office of Records and Registration. No transcript will be provided for a student who has any financial indebtedness to the College.
Each candidate for a degree from Volunteer State Community College pays a $25.00 fee to cover cost of the diploma, rental of cap and gown, and incidentals connected with the commencement exercises. This fee must be paid at the time that the Graduation Application is submitted.
Campus Access Fee
A campus access fee of $2.00 per semester will be charged to all students. For traffic control, parking decals are required to park on campus. Parking citations will be issued to vehicles not properly displaying a current parking decal. The parking decals may be picked up in the Business office or Student Services. The cost of the parking permit for students is already included in the campus access fee. There are parking lots designated for student parking.
Student Activity Fee
A $3.00 per semester student activity fee will be charged all credit students. The purpose of the Student Activity Fee is to provide and promote student events for all members of the student body, both on- and off-campus. It will be used for student programs, student activities, student conference travel and student leadership scholarships.
A Student Life Newsletter provides a Calendar of Events for each semester and is available to every student via student e-mail. This calendar will include all major student events. Each student is encouraged to participate in as many events as possible.
Student Government Activity Fee
A $3.00 per semester Student Government Activity Fee will be charged to all credit students. The purpose of the Student Government Activity Fee is to provide and promote campus activities for the benefit of the entire Volunteer State student body. This fee supplements the Student Activity fee and is used to provide on-and-off campus activities.
A technology fee will be charged to all credit students each semester. Part-time students pay $9.00 per semester hour while full-time students pay a flat fee amount of $112.50. The purpose of the Technology Fee is to purchase, maintain, and upgrade technological equipment and applications used for instruction and student support.
Parking Citations are $10.00 per violation except for unauthorized parking in a Handicapped parking space. A $100.00 fine is imposed for each citation for unauthorized parking in a Handicapped parking space. Parking citations are posted to the student account and the student records are encumbered.
The citation may be paid using PRIDE online or at the Business Office. If the citation is paid using PRIDE online, the student must contact the Business Office at (615) 230-3585 to get the encumbrance removed from the student account.
Since the cost of books and supplies varies from one program of study to another and from term to term, only the average cost can be included in the catalog. The average cost of books and supplies for a full-time student taking a minimum fifteen hour course load will be $450.00 per term. Books and supplies may be purchased at the Campus Bookstore with cash, personal check, American Express, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard or online at http://www.efollett.com/
Bookstore refund dates may be obtained from the Bookstore each semester.
The College issues each student a photo identification card. There is no charge to the student for this service. A returning student who has an ID card from a previous year will be issued an expiration sticker at the beginning of the next fall semester for the new academic year. Please keep your ID card for this purpose. The card is required for admission to some College activities, borrowing library books, cashing personal checks, receiving financial aid checks, and other purposes. The card remains the property of Volunteer State Community College and must be presented or surrendered upon request of a College official. If your ID is lost or stolen, replacement ID cards are made by the Office of Student Life and cost $10.00.
Check Cashing: Checks will be cashed by the Business Office. Checks cashed can not exceed $20.00 per day.
Business Office fee holds will not be released for 14 days if payment is made by check.
A $30.00 service charge will be assessed for any check returned to the College by a bank. Any student who has not paid for a returned bad check after notification by the Business Office will not be able to receive a transcript, nor will any of his/her records from the College be processed to any other institution. Collection efforts will be pursued by the College for all returned checks. Check-writing privileges may be revoked for any student who has checks returned by his/her bank more than once.
Summary of Fees
|Application Fee (non-refundable)
|Graduation Fee (non-refundable)
|Student Activity Fee** (Credit Students Only)
|Student Government Activity Fee**
|Campus Access Fee**
|Music Fees: Individual Music Instructor (per semester hr.)
|Returned Check Charge (non-refundable)
|Deferred Payment Fee**
|Deferred Payment Late Fee (per month late)
|Late Registration Fee**
|RODP Maintenance Fee - Please refer to the RODP Section
|RODP Tuition - Please refer to the RODP Section
|RODP On-Line Fee - Please refer to the RODP Section
|**Refundable only during the 100% refund period
The College reserves the right to change the fees listed herein or to add new ones whenever such additions are found to be necessary. Fees are subject to change at any time by action of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Non-Credit Course Refunds
A 100% refund of course fees is approved only under the following conditions:
- when there is no space available in a class for which a registration is submitted, or
- when a class is canceled by the College, or
- when a faculty member recommends that a student drop a course or
- when a student is deemed ineligible by the institution, or
- when a student's death occurs during the period of enrollment, or
- when a student officially withdraws from the College or drops the course prior to the first scheduled class meeting date.
A 50% REFUND of course fees is approved when a student officially withdraws from the College or drops a course on or after the first scheduled class meeting date but prior to the second scheduled class meeting date.
No REFUND of course fees is approved when a student officially withdraws from the College or drops a course on or after the second scheduled class meeting date. Failure to attend class does not result in a refund of course fees.
Note: The refund policy indicated above applies to all non-credit courses except the American Management Association (AMA) courses. This policy does not apply to workshops or seminars.
There are no refunds for AMA Courses or Workshops.
Credit Course Refunds
Refunds of all fees and charges must be in accordance with the following provisions except where previously stated. Refer to the Semester Schedule of Classes for refund dates.
- Maintenance Fee Refunds
- Refunds are 100% for courses canceled by the institution.
- Changes in courses involving the adding and dropping of equal numbers of semester credit hours for the same term at the same time require no refund or assessment of additional maintenance fees.
- The basic refund for withdrawal or drops during regular semesters (Fall and Spring) is 75% from the official first day of classes for the term (not determined separately for each individual class) through the fourteenth calendar day of classes and then reduced to 25% for a period of time which extends 25% of the length of the term. There is no refund after the 25% period ends. For shorter terms within the Fall and Spring semesters, the 75% refund period and the 25% refund per will extend a length of time which is the same proportion of the term as the 75% and 25% periods are of the regular terms. These shorter terms have different beginning and ending dates and different refund dates.
- For summer sessions, the 75% refund period and the 25% refund period will extend a length of time which is the same proportion of the term as the 75% and 25% periods are of the regular terms. If you are dropping a class and adding another class in the same session, this must be processed on the same drop/add form for the fees to be evenly exchanged. The summer term consists of four different sessions, each with different beginning and ending dates. Therefore, each session has a unique set of refund periods.
- All refund periods will be rounded to whole days and the date on which each refund period ends will be included in semester schedule of classes. In calculating the 75% period for other than the Fall or Spring and in calculating the 25% length of the term in all cases, the number of calendar days during the term will be considered. When the calculation produces a fractional day, rounding will be up or down to the nearest whole day.
- A full refund (100%) is provided on behalf of a student whose death occurs during the term. Any indebtedness should be offset against the refund.
- A 100% refund will be provided for students who enroll under an advanced registration system but who drop or withdraw prior to the beginning of the official first day of classes for the term (not determined separately for each individual class).
- A 100% refund will be provided to students who are compelled by the institution to withdraw when it is determined that through institutional error they were academically ineligible for enrollment or were not properly admitted to enroll for the course(s) being dropped. An appropriate official must certify in writing that this provision is applicable in each case.
- The refund percentage is applied to the difference between the per hour rate (or maximum) for the number of credit hours immediately before the drop or withdrawal and the number immediately afterward.
- Federal Title IV recipients will be granted refund through 60% of the term when they withdraw from the institution. These refunds will be based on applicable federal guidelines.
- Other exceptions may be requested through the Office of the Vice-President for Student Services.
- Examples of common refunds are available upon request.
- Out-of State Tuition Refunds
The refund provision for out-of-state tuition is the same as that for maintenance fees. A 75% refund is made for the same period and a 25% refund is made for the same time period. When 100% of maintenance fees are refunded, then 100% of out-of-state tuition also is refunded. Calculation procedures are the same as those specified for maintenance fees.