Tuition and Fees

East Central College takes pride in providing a high-quality, low-cost education for residents of our area. We are able to keep tuition and fees affordable due to the local support of our in-district residents through property taxes, and by assistance from the state and federal government.

Students enrolling at East Central College shall be subject to the following schedule of tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the ECC Board of Trustees without notice.


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Tuition – Tier 1

  • $138 per credit hour for in-district students
  • $192 per credit hour for out-of-district students
  • $280 per credit hour for out-of-state students
  • $288 per credit hour for international students

Tuition – Tier 2 (Culinary Arts, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Registered Nursing and Precision Machining) 

  • $167 per credit hour for in-district students
  • $233 per credit hour for out-of-district students
  • $340 per credit hour for out-of-state students
  • $357 per credit hour for international students

Tuition – Tier 3 (Licensed Practical Nursing, Radiological Technology, Surgical Technology)

  • $238 per credit hour for in-district students
  • $357 per credit hour for out-of-district students

Dual Credit/Enrollment

  • $65 per credit hour
  • Dual enrollment students also pay general fees and course fees

Please refer to the following chart for Tier 1 rates:

*Tuition and Fees Table Effective 2024 Fall Semester

General Fees (Effective 2024 Fall Semester)

  • Student Activity Fee  — $12.00 Per credit hour
  • Support Services Fee — $2.00 Per credit hour
  • Technology Fee  — $9.00 Per credit hour
  • Facilities Fee – $8.00 Per credit hour
  • Security Fee – $9.00 Per credit hour
  • Total General Fees – $40 Per credit hour

Fee Definitions

  • Student activity fee – supports extracurricular activities for students including sports, student government, and events.
  • Support services fee – supports initiatives that focus on the retention and persistence of East Central College students.
  • Technology fee – to acquire, install, and maintain up-to-date and emerging technologies to enhance student learning, retention, and persistence to graduation.
  • Facilities fee – supports the upkeep of capital assets, maintenance, and operations of the campus not limited to buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots.
  • Security fee – supports campus safety and security initiatives including the campus police and security services, and cybersecurity.

Transcript Fee

  • All transcripts will total $10 per copy including all processing fees

Required Special Fees

District Residency

The East Central College District includes six public K-12 school districts: Crawford County R-1 (Bourbon), New Haven, St. Clair R-13, Sullivan C-2, Union R-11, and Washington; as well as four public K-8 districts: Franklin County R-2, Lonedell R-14, Spring Bluff R-15, and Strain-Japan R-16. Only residents of the district are eligible for the in-district tuition rate. A resident of the ECC district is:

  • A dependent student whose parents or legal guardians have established residence within the district; or
  • An independent student (adult student or emancipated minor) who has established residence within the district prior to enrollment in the College.

Residency Change

A student may be required to submit proof of his or her legal residence. Questions concerning residency should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.  Students must provide additional documentation prior to the beginning of the semester.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All checks and money orders should be made payable to East Central College. Payment may be made by Discover, VISA, or MasterCard, or you may set up a payment plan by contacting Financial Services. If you are receiving financial aid, you must contact the ECC Financial Aid office before the due date of fees.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Tuition will be waived for any Missouri resident who is 65 years of age or older on or before August first of a school year for college credit courses on a space-available basis.  Proof of eligibility will be required when registering.  Courses must be taken on an audit basis, contingent on space availability, and all course prerequisites must be met prior to registration.  General fees and special course fees are not included in the Senior Citizens Waiver.  The Senior Citizens Waiver does not apply to courses offered only on a non-credit basis or programs offered through educational partners.  Senior citizens may begin registering three weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Senior Citizen Waiver Form

Fee Refunds

  • ECC Refund Policy
    (effective Fall Semester 2018)
  • In a sixteen week semester, students who withdraw from a course during the first seven (7) calendar days will receive 100% refund of tuition and fees paid. Students withdrawing between the 8th and 14th calendar days of the full semester will receive a 50% refund of tuition and fees. No refunds will be made after the 14th calendar day of the semester.
  • For eight week sessions, the first 4 days will be 100%, the next 4 days will be 50%.
  • For fourteen week sessions, the first 6 days will be 100%, the next 6 days will be 50%.
  • Procedure for Withdrawing from All Classes
    The student must complete and submit a Withdrawal Request form. The forms are available at Registration and the extension offices in Rolla and Sullivan. The student must submit the completed form to Registration by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for any refund. A withdrawal form is not considered official until it has been received and processed in Registration.
  • Procedure to Change (Drop/Add) Class Schedule
    The student must complete and submit a Petition for Change in Official Program form to Registration or drop/add the class via eCentral if a username and password have been issued. The forms are available at the Student Service Center and the extension office in Rolla. The student must submit their changes to Registration by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for any refund.

Financial Aid Recipients

Federal financial aid recipients are required to earn their financial aid by attending and completing classes. Students who withdraw from all classes or stop attending classes will have their federal financial aid award(s) recalculated and adjusted, in accordance with the Return of Title IV Funds Policy. This recalculation may result in the requirement for ECC and the student to return financial aid to the government. Additionally, the student may owe a balance to ECC for charges previously paid for with financial aid. Please inquire about this policy in the Financial Aid Office if you are considering withdrawing from all classes.

Other Refund Information:
Refund deadlines are prorated for courses operating on a schedule different than the regular sixteen-week semester, e.g. summer, late start, intersession, etc. All procedures for schedule changes or withdrawals apply. Failure to attend classes does not constitute a schedule change or withdrawal and does not entitle the student to a refund. Refunds for online courses and courses with arranged meeting times will follow the full semester deadlines. The date on which the student enrolls does not determine the refund period. Refunds will be mailed to students at the end of the refund period.

Refund Appeals:
In the event of extenuating circumstances and with proper documentation, a partial or total refund may be granted. A confidential committee consisting of college administrators will review refund requests on a case-by-case basis. Students may appeal through the Office of the Vice President of Student Development.

Refund Deadlines: