Tuition & Fees

Payment of Tuition

All tuition is payable on or before the announced due dates.


The college may assess additional fees associated with specific majors, laboratories, individual lessons or some distance-based course formats. Students are required to pay for specialized testing.

Note: View the academic calendar for important payment dates.

Student  TypeTuitionNotes (Effective Term: 15/SU)
In-District Students $98 per credit hour A person whose residence is within the boundaries of St. Charles County (excluding St. Charles County residents who reside in and pay taxes to the Washington School DistrictForistell students must bring in St. Charles County real estate tax receipt to show proof of residency to receive in-district rates).
In-State Students
$147 per credit hour A person whose residence is in Missouri, but outside of St. Charles Community College District.
International Students
$215 per credit hour International students holding a F, H (except H-1B), J, M, O-2, P, or Q visas will pay the out-of-district, out-of-state, international student tuition rate.
Change of Address Any change of address that results in a difference in residency rates must be submitted before the first day of class during the semester the change takes place.  Proof of residency must accompany the address change submission.
Additional FeesNotes
Application Fee
Course Fees Listed in the class schedule.
Technology Fee $5 per credit hour

 Health Fee

$750 per semester

For students enrolled in certain Nursing and Allied Health programs.
Science Lab Fee $40 Per science course with a lab component.
Art Studio Fee $35

Per art course with a studio component.

Telecourse Fee $45 per telecourse

Books/service fees are additional.

Graduation Fee



During the regular application period.

During the late application period.

Exam Fee
Returned Checks $20  
Replacement I.D. $3  
Additional Copy of Assessment Score $1 fee Request in Assessment Center.
Senior Discount Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older (on or before August 1 of an academic year) may enroll tuition-free in credit courses at the college, based on available class space after tuition-paying students have enrolled. The scholarship does not cover special fees, books or materials. You will be required to present proof of age at the time of registration. All courses may be taken on a credit or audit basis, and all course prerequisites must be met prior to registration.
Missouri Returning Heroes Act To comply with the Missouri Returning Heroes Act, tuition charged to combat veterans will be limited to $50 per credit hour. Eligibility is determined for any program leading to an undergraduate certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A "combat veteran" is any person who served in armed combat after Sept. 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military, and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions.

If you would like to apply, submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 (long form) and the Returning Heroes Education Act Application to the Enrollment Services Department, Room 1113 in the Administration Building. Your documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the criteria to be considered for reduced tuition. The Enrollment Services Department will determine the amount, if any, that your tuition will be reduced.
The Veteran Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 Qualified individuals will be charged the in-state/in-district rate, or otherwise be considered a resident, for tuition purposes. For more information about eligibility, see the Veterans Benefits Web page.

In accordance to FERPA guidelines, any third party who wishes to register (add/drop) or make a payment for a student will need to be listed on an Authorization for Third Party Registration and Payments form that has been completed by the student. The forms can be found on the website at, or in the Enrollment Services or Student Development offices.

Alternative Payment Plan

St. Charles Community College has contracted with an outside vendor, in order to provide our students with an alternative tuition payment plan that allows you to extend payments beyond the “last day to pay” for SCC students.

Nelnet program information.

Tuition Refund Policy

Per Board Policy 417, the tuition refund policy is as follows:

  • If a student withdraws from a credit course or from the college during the first three weeks after the start of the semester, a refund will be processed based on the date that the student withdraws.
  • If a student withdraws from a credit course or from the college, the student may receive a tuition refund for that session or semester provided an Add-Drop Form is completed and filed with Enrollment Services within a specified time, or the student withdraws online via SCC Connection. The date of the Add-Drop Form or the date the online drop is completed is used to determine the percentage of eligible refund.  

Percentage of Refund

Time Frame of Refund

100% Day 1-7 of the semester
80% Day 8-14 of the semester
60% Day 15-21 of the semester

NOTE: Refund amounts are determined by specific dates within each semester for all classes and will be prorated for courses less than 16 weeks in length. A full refund of tuition and fees is made if the college cancels a scheduled class. See Tuition Refund Schedule for dates.

How to Pay
For Classes

Note: If you register on the Web, you may pay on the Web, by mail or in person. 

If You Pay by Mail

  • Pay by check. Do not send cash (for your protection). Make checks payable to St. Charles Community College.
  • Write your student ID number on all payments. This will ensure your account is credited. Write the student’s name on payment if different from the name on the check. We cannot accept bank starter checks. A name must be imprinted on the check. Included on the check must be a telephone number with area code (this information can be hand written). Mail your check to: St. Charles Community College, Attn.: Cashier, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Mo. 63376-2865.
  • Your canceled check is your receipt. Checks must be for the exact total and must be received by the Cashier’s Office by announced deadline.
  • No two-party checks will be accepted. A $20 fee is charged for each check returned by a banking institution. Returned checks may be turned over to a collection agency, and you may be removed from classes.  

If You Pay in Person

  • Pay by check. Follow the same procedure as if paying by mail, except present your check in person to the Cashier’s Office according to the appropriate deadlines, or deposit your payment in the drop box next to the Cashier's Office.
  • Pay with cash. The college accepts cash for classes. However, to protect yourself, do not send cash through the mail. Pay in person if you wish to pay by cash.
  • Pay by credit card.  SCC accepts MasterCard, VISA or Discover credit cards. If you wish to pay by credit card, pay online if you have your password, or pay in person and have your credit card ready.