Tuition & Fees

Tuition is low at SCC--only $72.00* per credit hour, up to a maximum tuition of $1,152* per semester for 16 credit hours, for North Carolina residents. Tuition and fees for one semester in 2014-15 (fall or spring) for a student who is a North Carolina resident taking 16 or more credit hours are:

North Carolina Residents

 16 credit hours or more $1,152*
 Activity Fee (8 hours or more) $32.00
 7 hours or less $16.00
 Campus Access Transportation & Security Fee (CATS) $10.00
 Technology Fee $32.00
 Insurance (subject to change by insurance carrier) $1.25/semester
 I.D. Fee $1.25/semester
 Less than 16 credit hours $72.00 per credit hour


 16 credit hours or more $4,224.00  
 Activity Fee (8 hours or more) $32.00
 7 hours or less $16.00
 Campus Access Transportation & Security Fee (CATS)  $10.00
 Technology Fee $32.00 
 Insurance (subject to change by insurance carrier)  $1.25/semester 
 I.D. Fee $1.25/semester 
 Less than 16 credit hours $264.00 per credit hour 

 * Subject to change by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges or the General Assembly.

Estimated Annual Expenses
Annual expenses are estimated for the academic year of two semesters (fall and spring) for average full-time North Carolina students in the 2014-15 academic year.

Living at home with parents

 Tuition and Fees (16 or more hours)  $2446.00
 Books and Supplies  $1400.00
 Room, Utilities, and Food  $4500.00
 Transportation   $2250.00
 Miscellaneous  $1350.00
 Total for two semesters  $11946.00

Living off campus

 Tuition and Fees (16 or more hours)  $2446.00
 Books and Supplies  $1400.00
 Room, Utilities, Food  $9450.00
 Transportation  $2250.00
 Miscellaneous  $1350.00
 Total for two semesters  $16896.00

Out-of-state students should add $6,128 to each total because of the higher tuition rates for non-residents. Married students should also expect higher costs for housing and other personal expenses.

The cost of books and supplies varies according to the programs in which students are enrolled. Students in allied health programs must purchase malpractice insurance (approximately $17.50), clinical uniforms, shoes, immunizations, drug screening, and criminal background checks required by the programs. All the health care facilities require background checks. Approval for clinical comes from the facilities because they verify the backgrounds. Background checks for students cost approximately $70. In addition, nursing students are required to purchase testing and laboratory supplies (totaling approximately $230). 

In addition to a textbook bundle (approximate cost $240), Cosmetology students must buy a beginner kit (approximate cost $1600) containing the tools necessary for hands on instruction.  This kit meets compliance with NC State Board regulations.  Cosmetology students must also purchase solid black scrub uniforms (approximate cost $80 for two sets), solid black closed toe shoes (approximate cost $50) and a black SCC vest (approximate cost of $30).  (Approximate cost estimates as of May 23, 2013.)

Continuing Education
Registration fees for occupational extension and community service continuing education classes are set according to the total number of hours a course is scheduled to meet. The fee schedule for these classes follows:

The registration fee is waived for EMS, fire service, and law enforcement officers enrolling in courses designed to meet their training requirements as well as for North Carolina residents age 65 and older enrolling in special interest classes. Some continuing education classes are subject to insurance fees on a semester basis. The registration fee is not charged for Basic Skills Programs, which include Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development (GED) High School Equivalency Diploma, Compensatory Education, and English as a Second Language. There is a $7.50 fee for official GED testing.

A registration fee is not charged for Basic Skills Programs which include Adult Basic Education, High School Diploma Equivalency Certificate (GED), Compensatory Education, and English as a Second Language. The testing fee is $7.50 for new examinees and $2.50 for students retesting in writing.

Occupational Extension

 $70   1 to24 hours
 $125  25 to 50 hours
 $180  50+ hours

Continuing Education Refund Policy

  • Registration fee refunds are made only under the following circumstances:
  • A full refund will be made if the college cancels a class.
  • A student who officially withdraws from a continuing education class(es) prior to the first class meeting shall be eligible for a 100 percent refund.
  • After the respective class begins, a 75 percent refund shall be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the class prior to or on the 10 percent point of the scheduled hours of the class. (Note: This rule is applicable regardless of the number of times the class meets or the number of hours the class is scheduled to meet.)
  • A 100 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from a contact hour class prior to the first day of class or if the college cancels the class. A 75 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from a contact hour class on or before the tenth calendar day of the class.
  • Refunds of registration fees for community service self-supporting classes and activities will be granted only in the case of paid pre registration, if requested in writing to the VP of Continuing Education and Economic Development prior to the first session of the class .
  • If a student who paid the required registration fee dies during that semester, all registration fees for that semester or term may be refunded to the estate of the deceased.
  • A full refund of registration fees will be granted to military reserve and National Guard personnel called to active duty or active personnel who have received temporary or permanent reassignments outside the state of NC. In addition, the college will buy back textbooks through the college's bookstore to the extent possible.

Student Activity Fee
Students who take at least one curriculum course on campus and who enroll for eight or more hours pay a Student Activity fee of $32 each semester during the academic year. During the summer term there is no fee. The fees are used by the Student Government Association (SGA) to support activities such as intercollegiate athletics, dances, competitions, student clubs, entertainment, and academic and athletic awards.

Student Identification Card
Students pay $1.25 ID fee each semester for a photo I.D. card. The card admits the student to SGA-sponsored activities and entitles the student to admission discounts to other college events.  A separate, computer-coded library card is issued to students free of charge; replacement cards cost $1.

Student Insurance
Low-cost student accident insurance is required for all curriculum students for a fee of $1.25 per semester (fee subject to change by the insurance company).

Malpractice insurance is required for all students enrolled in all allied health programs that have a clinical lab.

North Carolina residents are eligible for a lower tuition rate than non-residents. The controlling North Carolina statute (G.S. 116-143.1) states that "To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least twelve (12) months immediately prior to his/her classification as a resident for tuition purposes." Ownership of property in or payment of taxes to the State of North Carolina does not automatically qualify one for the in-state tuition rate.

An out-of-state student's tuition paid by an in-state employer will be charged at the in-state rate.

Residency status is determined by the Registrar. The student is notified of his/her classification by letter.

If the student does not agree with the classification, he/she has 14 days to appeal the decision to the Campus Residency Committee (the Records Officer, the Vice President of Student Development Services, and the Vice President of Operations and Finance). The Committee hears the appeal and notifies the student of the decision by letter. The student then has an additional 14 days to appeal to the State Residency Committee. This procedure is explained in the Residency Manual, which is available in the office of the Vice President of Student Development Services. Appeals must be made within the semester in which the residency classification occurs.

Graduation Fee
A $45.00 fee is charged all graduating students to cover the cost of the cap, gown, and diploma. (The fee is subject to change without notice.)

Contact Financial Aid

A-Building, Rm 100
(910) 642-7141, ext. 214
Financial Aid Assistant
(910) 642-7141, ext. 214
Financial Aid Specialist
(910) 642-7141, ext. 437

Financial Aid Specialist
(910) 642-7141, ext. 268

Director, Financial Aid
910) 642-7141, ext. 250