Explanation of most common charges

Health insurance charge

Cost: $3,045 (fall semester-annual coverage); $2,032 (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 for at least nine credits of remote credit courses resulting from COVID19 transition to online. 

Additional guidelines per the Health Connector permit students to waive the student health insurance charge if you are taking classes remotely from another state or country during the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID19. 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 attending remotely, you are permitted to waive the student health insurance charge. Please be advised, if you are taking classes remotely from out-of-state in the fall and waived your student insurance charge, if you return in the spring to attend classes on campus, you may be required to waive the insurance charge again since your out-of-state insurance may not be accessible in the state of MA where you are physically attending classes. The MA Health Connector requires us to verify that you still have comparable coverage when returning 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.

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: $201 per credit (effective for fall 2018); 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. Beginning with the fall 2020 semester it will also be assessed if you have at least one credit of online credit courses whether scheduled in the day or evening. The fee is charged in both the fall and spring semesters only. It is not charged to evening (in-person lecture) classes, January intersession classes, summer classes, or non-standard semester (part-of-term)  classes. It 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. Beginning with the fall 2020 semester it will also be assessed if you have at least one credit of online credit courses whether scheduled in the day or evening. The fee is charged in both the fall and spring semesters only. It is not charged to evening (in-person lecture) classes, January intersession classes, summer classes, or non-standard semester (part-of-term)  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.

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.

Other fees may apply. Click here for more information.

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