Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the ACC District Board of Regents or the State of Texas. Tuition and fees are based on student residency status and the number of hours taken. Residency status for tuition purposes will be reclassified or corrected when a student files a Residency Reclassification Petition accompanied with supporting documentation at the Welcome Center. Students may not attend classes unless tuition and fees are paid. Students who fail to meet the payment deadline will be withdrawn for nonpayment and will be required to re-register should they desire to enroll. Registration does not guarantee a student will receive their original schedule of initially enrolled courses.
Course Related Fees
Lab fees are charged for various courses to offset expenses for materials and supplies used in classroom instruction and lab assignments. Other fees may be charged for courses such as Internet courses, private music lessons and science labs. These fees vary based upon the course and are subject to change without notice. Current fees are published each semester in the class schedule.
Active Duty Military Tuition
Active duty members of the armed services will be charged tuition at the resident rate, upon presentation of a military identification card to the VA Certifying Advisor.
Higher Tuition for Third Attempt Courses
College level courses (excluding developmental) taken for the third time and thereafter, will be billed an additional fee equal to the current out-of-district hourly rate. This includes courses with grades of W (withdrawn). The provision for third attempt charges was passed by the Texas legislature to encourage students to complete the courses for which they register. Student tuition represents only a portion of the total cost of instruction. The remaining comes from state dollars from Texas taxpayers. Selected courses are exempt from the repeat charges.
The following courses are exempt from this rule:
Excessive Hours - Early Warning for Students Seeking a Baccalaureate Degree
Students who graduate from a state supported university may pay a higher tuition rate for taking excessive courses. In accordance with Texas Education Code: Students who have attempted 45 or more credit hours beyond the amount required for their (baccalaureate) degree at Texas public colleges or universities may be charged additional tuition, up to the level of out-of-state tuition. This includes all credit hours in which a student was registered as of the official census day for the semester (i.e. repeated courses, failed courses, and courses from which the student withdrew after the census day): this does not include credit hours for which the student paid out-of-state tuition, courses designated as developmental, any hours removed from admission consideration under Academic Fresh Start, or hours accumulated toward a previous baccalaureate degree. Students who entered higher education for the first time prior to fall 1999 while classified for tuition purposes as a Texas resident are exempt.
Students enrolling in fall 2006 or later may pay a higher tuition rate if they have attempted 30 or more credit hours beyond the amount required for their degree. Developmental and technical courses which are not part of the baccalaureate degree plan do not count toward the extra hours, nor do any courses taken at a private or out-of-state institution.
Excessive Developmental Education Courses
Students who exceed 18 hours of developmental courses at Alvin Community College will be billed an additional fee equal to the current out-of-district hourly rate.
Speakers of other languages enrolled into Developmental Education interventions should not exceed 27 hours of developmental coursework, of which at least 9 hours consist of ESOL remediation (TAC, rule 13.107).
Tuition Adjustment for Ad Valorem Tax Payers
College district property owners and their dependents who are Texas residents and do not physically reside in the district are eligible for a waiver of out-district fees. To qualify for a waiver, a student must prove eligibility by noon on the census date for the given semester by providing an ad valorem tax receipt showing ACC District tax status. If the student is a dependent, the student must provide the parent’s IRS 1040 for the previous year and an affidavit of dependency for the current year.
Tuition Rebate for Baccalaureate Degree
Senate Bill 1907 provides $1,000 tuition rebates to undergraduate students who complete their first baccalaureate degree while attempting no more than three credits beyond what is required for the degree. The rebates apply only to students who enroll for the first time in an institution of higher education in fall 1997 or later.
Tuition Installment Plan
Students may opt to pay for tuition and fees using the installment plan. This plan allows a student to pay a down payment at enrollment and the remaining tuition and fees in installments thereafter. The dates of the installments are set by the college. A nonrefundable $30 fee is assessed at the time the installment plan is executed.
The installment plan is a legally binding contract. Installment plans are available beginning with registration through late registration. Any student failing to make an installment payment will be placed on restriction hold, blocking registration and transcript services.
Students who have been on restriction hold four times for late or missed payments, including ACH returned payments, will no longer be eligible to enroll in the payment plan.
Tuition Refund Policy (Credit Courses)
Refunds will be processed after the close of the refund period. A student’s eligibility for a refund is based on the following regulations:
- The student must officially withdraw in writing.
- Withdrawals are dated the day they are received.
- If tuition and fees are paid with financial aid, the refund is applied first to the tuition and fees and then to the student.
- Refunds for Title IV grants are made according to the refund schedule available in the Financial Aid Office.
See The POD for refund dates.
Tuition Refund Policy (Continuing Education Workforce Development)
See policies specific to CEWD on the CEWD webpage.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is based upon residency status on file with Alvin Community College Registrar’s Office. Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents. Please see the Tuition and Fee webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Special Course Fees
Special course fees are charged for various courses to offset expenses for materials and supplies etc. These fees are listed in the following section and are published each semester in the class schedule.
Special Course Fees
Special course fees are subject to change without notice.