Explanation of most common charges

Health insurance charge

Cost: $1,640 (fall semester-annual coverage); $1,090 (spring semester-8 month coverage); subject to change after July 1

Description: The Massachusetts Mandatory Health Insurance Law mandates that each Massachusetts Community College require all students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program for nine credits or more to participate in the Student Health Insurance Program if they are not covered under a comparable health insurance plan. This means we must charge you for student health insurance if you are eligible to be charged. Additionally, as a student, you are legally obligated to be covered under an acceptable health insurance policy if you meet the eligibility criteria. Therefore, the student health insurance charge is mandatory for the eligible student population.

You may be able to waive this fee if you already have health insurance.

Registration fee

Cost: $20 once per semester

Description: This mandatory fee is a non-refundable administrative fee charged for all day and evening credit courses. It is charged for processing your enrollment and registration.  Once your class schedule has been entered in our system, you are responsible for paying this fee even if you decide not to attend GCC.

Tuition

Cost: In-state: $26 per credit; Out of state: $281 per credit; NEHBE: $39 per credit; subject to change after July 1

Description: This mandatory charge is assessed for all day and evening scheduled credit courses.  The in-state day tuition portion of your bill is remitted to the state of Massachusetts.  The remainder is used to help defray the costs associated with general operations of the college.

College service fee

Cost: $175.50 per credit (effective for fall 2014); subject to change after July 1

Description: This mandatory charge is assessed for all day and evening scheduled courses regardless of residency category and is used to help pay for a variety of academic services, equipment, supplies, and technology expenses.

Health records administration fee

Cost: $11 once per semester; subject to change after July 1

Description: This mandatory fee is assessed for all day scheduled credit courses in both the fall and spring semesters only and is used to help defray the costs associated with administration of student health records as required by law. This fee cannot be waived.

Student activity fee

Cost: $30 once per semester; subject to change after July 1

Description: This mandatory fee is assessed for all day scheduled credit courses in both the fall and spring semesters only and is used to support student activities including concerts, guest speakers, orientation, graduation, clubs, and special events.

Online/distance learning course fee

Cost: $10 per credit

Description: This mandatory charge is assessed for all day and evening online scheduled courses regardless of residency category and is used to help pay for the additional technology costs associated with delivering online classes.

Special course or program fees

Cost: Varies; subject to change after July 1

Description: Additional fees may be included on your bill for specific programs or courses. Examples of such fees include but are not limited to: Nursing, OLP, Music, Art, EMT, or other. Some programs may also require equipment, supplies, or other expenses related to the cost of running the courses within that program. All health occupation students are required to carry College-approved professional liability insurance. Information about this charge can be obtained from the Health Occupations Department.

Other fees

Cost: Varies; subject to change after July 1

Description: Other fees are used to cover specific costs such as: 4-month payment plan fee, late payment fee, returned check fee, or other.

Day vs. D/D tuition & fee charges

From a student’s prospective, there is no difference between day and D/D charges.  These day charges are categorized as such strictly for college accounting purposes. If your bill shows D/D charges, they are treated as regular day charges for billing purposes.  However, D/D charges may not be eligible for certain types of tuition and fee waivers.