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Tuition & Fees

Tuition at East Central College is among the lowest in the state of Missouri. Students pay a rate based on residency (see Residency section in the Catalog):

  • In-District
  • Out-of-District, In-State
  • Out-of-State
  • International
A schedule of current tuition is available on the college web site:  Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees and are subject to change. (BP 4.33)

General Fees

In addition to tuition, all students pay general fees totaling $10 per credit hour. These fees include: Student Activities ($4.50 per credit hour), Support Services ($2.50 per credit hour), and Technology ($3 per credit hour). Fees are subject to change. Refer to the schedule or College web site for current information.

Other Fees

Courses may also include additional fees for specialized expenses related to the course. Please refer to the current schedule or the College website for a list of the courses and their associated fees.  Certain fees are not refundable.

Estimate of Other Costs

In addition to tuition and fee charges, other expenses incurred by students may include books and supplies (average $400 per semester), meals/personal expenses on campus (average $500 per semester), and travel to and from campus (average $650 per semester). Additional living expenses, childcare expenses, and other education-related expenses may also apply.


Tuition and fees are payable on or before the date published in the Academic Calendar. All checks and money orders should be made payable to East Central College. Tuition and fees may also be paid by Visa, Discover or Master Card. For information about a payment plan, contact the East Central College Business Office.

Returned Checks

The College will assess a charge whenever a check or draft presented for payment for service is not accepted by the banking institution on which it is written because of a post-date, insufficient funds, closed account, no account, frozen account, or uncollected funds. A $25 fee will be charged if the check is returned by the banking institution for any of the above reasons.
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