Health insurance charge
Cost: $3,599 (fall semester-annual coverage); $2,401 (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 Student Health Insurance eligibility criteria. Therefore, the student health insurance charge is mandatory for the eligible student population. The fee is charged in both the fall and spring semesters only. You may be eligible to waive this fee if you are already covered under a comparable insurance plan.
Beginning with the fall 2020 semester the MA Health Connector issued new guidelines that require us to charge this fee if you are enrolled in a degree/certificate program for at least nine credits of remote credit courses resulting from COVID-19 transition to online.
Additionally, the Health Connector guidelines permit students to waive the student health insurance charge if taking classes remotely from another state or country during the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19. In this case, the area where you attend school is considered to be the location where you are currently remotely attending classes for the relevant term. Therefore, if you are covered by a comparable insurance plan in the state or country where you are attending remotely, you are permitted to waive the student health insurance charge, provided you meet the criteria for comparable coverage. Please be advised, if you are taking classes remotely from out-of-state in the fall and waived your student insurance charge, you may be required to waive the insurance charge again, if you return in the spring to attend classes on campus. If attending classes at GCC, in-person, your out-of-state insurance may not be reasonably accessible in the state of MA where you are physically attending classes and therefore, you may no longer be eligible to waive. The MA Health Connector requires us to verify that you still have comparable coverage if you return for in-person lecture classes in the spring.
If you do not waive this fee. You are responsible for paying it and regular billing procedures will apply. Once paid, you will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance program for the relevant coverage period indicated above.
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.
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: $204 per credit (effective for fall 2021); 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 if you have at least one credit of day scheduled (in-person lecture) credit courses or at least one credit of online/distance learning credit courses categorized as Day or Day/DCE. It may be charged for non-standard semester (part-of-term) classes if the charge has not already been assessed for a standard full semester class in that same semester. The fee is charged in both the fall and spring semesters only. It is not charged to (in-person lecture) evening classes, January intersession classes, or, summer classes. This fee 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 if you have at least one credit of day scheduled (in-person lecture) credit courses or at least one credit of online/distance learning credit courses categorized as Day or Day/DCE. It may be charged for non-standard semester (part-of-term) classes if the charge has not already been assessed for a standard full semester class in that same semester. The fee is charged in both the fall and spring semesters only. It is not charged to (in-person lecture) evening classes, January intersession classes, or, summer classes. The student activity fee is used to support student activities and other costs associated with students, including: clubs, club membership fees, events, musical and novelty performances, mandatory licensing fees, student travel, student conference fees, guest speakers, Orientation, Commencement, the ADN Pinning, campus-wide events, student ID cards, the GCC Student Art Show and theater performances. The student activity fee is allocated by the GCC Student Senate.
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.
Evening vs. Day or Online Classes:
Due to the transition from in-person to online classes since the COVID-19 pandemic, these charges showing on student bills may be confusing for some. However, from the student’s prospective, there is no difference in tuition and college service fee costs whether day, evening summer, or online. It’s just the way we categorize the funding source for instructors. Some instructors are funded by the state and others, such as evening or summer courses, are funded by the college. Unfortunately, since our transition from in-person classes to online classes, the categories don’t always make sense to students because they were initially set up for in-person classes. However, summer classes are always categorized as evening, regardless. Additionally, summer and online classes are always charged at the in-state rate per the fee schedule included in the ‘Explanation of Charges’ at the top of this page. Click that link to review the schedule. The only difference is that online classes are also assessed an additional ‘Distance Learning’ fee of $10 per credit. See description of this fee on page one of this sheet.
Other fees may apply. Click here for more information.
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