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College Costs

You will find the following College information on this page:

Tuition and Fees

The Board of Trustees sets tuition and fees and reserves the right to change them without notice. Tuition varies based on residency; Philadelphia residents pay $153 per credit hour; other Pennsylvanians pay $306 per credit hour plus a $10 nonresident capital fee per credit; and non-Pennsylvanians pay $459 per credit hour plus a $20 nonresident capital fee per credit. Some courses have additional fees; check the individual course descriptions for this information.

Tuition and Fees for a Philadelphia Resident:

Number of Credits Tuition Technology Fee General College Fee Cost
1 $153 $28 $4 $185
2 $306 $56 $8 $370
3 $459 $84 $12 $555

 

Sample Tuition and Fees for a Philadelphia Resident with a 13-credit load:

Course Number of Credits Tuition Technology Fee General College Fee Additional Course Fee Cost
ENGL 101 3 $459 $84 $12   $555
PSYC 101 3 $459 $84 $12   $555
MATH 118 3 $459 $84 $12   $555
BIOL 106 4 $612 $112 $16 $150 $890
Total 13 $1,989 $364 $52 $150 $2,555

 

Tuition Deposit: $50

An applicant accepted or readmitted for full-time status by the College may be required to remit a $50 nonrefundable deposit within a specified timeframe for Allied Health curricula. The applicant's letter of acceptance will specify the date.

This deposit ensures the applicant a place at the College and will be credited to the initial semester's tuition charge. If the student fails to register for that semester, the tuition deposit will not be refunded but may be applied to subsequent registrations within that academic year only.

Fees

General College Fee: $4 per Credit

To fund the cost of student publications, intramural and intercollegiate athletics, student clubs and organizations, and other special services and activities for students, there is a general College fee for credit courses.

Technology Fee: $28 per credit

A fee of $28 per credit is charged to defray the institutional operating and equipment costs associated with providing student access to technology in academic and student support services and in instructional programs.

Course Fees

Some courses offered by the College are subject to course fees. These include courses with laboratory costs, clinical instruction costs or additional instructional hours. The course fees range from $75 to $300 per course. The applicable course fee, if any, is shown at the end of the course descriptions in the Course Descriptions section of the Catalog.

Online Learning Course Fee: $35

A fee of $35 will be assessed for any section of a course that is offered as an online course. Students should consult course offerings for each semester to identify which courses are available in an online course delivery format.

New Student Processing Fee: $60

Students registering for the first time to take credit courses will be charged a one-time new student processing fee. The fee will be included in the first semester bill. This fee is nonrefundable as of the first day of the semester.

Nonresident Capital Fee

$10 per credit for Pennsylvania residents outside Philadelphia.
$20 per credit for students who do not meet the State’s residency requirement.

The College’s capital costs are funded by the city and state. The capital fee is charged to students in circumstances where the student is a nonresident and therefore capital support from the city or state is not provided.

Late Registration Fee: $30

A $30 late registration fee will be charged to previously enrolled students who register after the payment deadline for credit courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Credit by Examination Fee: $153

This fee is charged for each course in which a student has applied for credit on the basis of examination. The fee is based on the tuition rate for one credit hour. This fee is nonrefundable.

Credit for Life Experience Fee: $153

This fee is charged for each course in which a student has applied for credit on the basis of life experience. The fee is based on the tuition rate for one credit hour. This fee is nonrefundable.

Lost Identification Card Fee: $10

A replacement fee of $10 will be charged for each replacement of the College photo identification card.

Noncredit Student Identification Card Fee: $10

Students enrolled only in noncredit courses may be issued a College Identification Card upon request and upon payment of a $10 Photo Identification Card Fee.

Senior Citizen Registration Fee: $153

This fee is charged to students who take advantage of the tuition-free course. This fee is nonrefundable as of the first day of the semester.

Academic Transcript Fee

The transcript fee is payable in advance and requires the student’s written release. For normal mail service (allow 5-7 business days for processing), the fee is $3 for each transcript. For rush service, which includes same-day regular US mail service and pick-up, the fee is $10 for each transcript.

Returned Check Fee: $25

A penalty of $25 will be assessed for all checks and electronic checks (e-checks) issued to the College but not paid on presentation to the bank. A replacement check must be presented in the form of cash, certified check or money order. The student will be given five business days to replace the payment. Students with three (3) or more returned items may be placed on a cash only basis with the College.

Other Costs

Although the tuition for Philadelphia residents is relatively low, students should be aware of the need to plan ahead and anticipate all costs for the period of enrollment. The basic budget for one semester at the College should include, in addition to the appropriate tuition and fees, the following estimates*:

  • Books and Supplies $1,200
  • Transportation $1,500
  • Meals $1,300

*Actual cost will vary by student and by program of study.

Making Payments

A Community College of Philadelphia bill will be emailed to each student prior to the beginning of each semester. If the bill is not received, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain it from the Bursar’s Office.

The quickest way of paying your bill is online by logging into MyCCP. We accept all major credit cards (Visa, American Express, Discover or MasterCard), debit cards and e-Check. With e-Check, enjoy the convenience of paying your bill online directly from your checking and/or savings account.

Students will be assessed a convenience fee of $12.00 per transaction for online payments made with a credit or a debit card. Students may continue to make online payments with e-Check at no cost. Bank debit card holders can make payments with e-Check by using their checking account and routing number. To pay by e-Check, log into MyCCP and select the "Pay My Bill" link under Financial Services.

We also accept checks, money orders and cash. Please make your payments payable to Community College of Philadelphia and mail your payment to: Bursar’s Office, Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. In-person payments are only accepted at the Main Campus Bursar’s Office, Room BG-38.

Checks in payment of tuition and fees that are returned to the College by the bank must be repaid within five business days, or the student will be administratively withdrawn from the College.

Payment Plan

The College offers a tuition payment plan to those students who have a balance due of $555 or greater. The cost to enroll is a non-refundable $35 fee and the first installment payment (additional payments may be required depending on when students enroll). The plan is available for fall, spring, and summer terms. Students interested in the plan should log into MyCCP and select the “Enroll in a Payment Plan” link under the Financial Services channel. Students may also view specific payment plan information by selecting the “Payment Plan Information” link under the Financial Services channel. For additional questions, please contact the Office of the Bursar at 215-751-8987 or via email.

Direct Deposit

As part of the College’s efforts to provide students with a more efficient refund process, the College has implemented the student refund direct deposit option. This service provides students with the convenience of receiving a refund from financial aid and/or other sources of funds on their student account directly into their bank account. Go green and get refunds processed up to 70% faster than by paper check by signing up for direct deposit. To sign up, please log into MyCCP and under the Financial Services section, complete the “Student Direct Deposit Enrollment Authorization” form.

Fulfillment of Financial Obligations

If any student has not met his or her full financial obligations, the College reserves the right to withhold any of its services from the student until the obligations are met. These include, but are not restricted to, transcripts, library services, letters of recommendation, registration, counseling and additional services.

Refund Policy

It is the student’s responsibility to submit an official drop form or drop classes via the web, even in cases of non-attendance. Students who drop prior to the start of the term will not incur any charges other than fees that are considered nonrefundable. The first day of the term marks the beginning of the refund policy regardless of the first scheduled class day for any particular student. Students who drop during the equivalent first three weeks (first 20 percent) of the term will be charged 50 percent for tuition and applicable fees and will be financially responsible for the charges incurred. Students who drop classes during the equivalent fourth week and thereafter will be charged 100 percent of tuition and applicable fees and will be financially responsible for the charges incurred.

Students who receive financial aid are subject to federal refund policies and calculations as described in the provisions of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Recipients of grants and loans who fully withdraw or drop on or before the 60 percent point of the term will be required to return all or a portion of their financial aid proceeds to the College and/or the Federal Government. See the Financial Aid Withdrawals, Refunds and Repayment Policy section for more information.

Important: A student who drops a 15-week course during the 15-week refund period will not be permitted to apply full tuition to a later-starting course. The difference between the partial tuition refund for the 15-week course and the full tuition for the later-starting course must be paid by the student. This does not apply if the 15-week course is dropped prior to the start of the 15-week semester and is replaced by a later-starting course.

Refund policies are in keeping with the regulations of the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Section 35.30).

Tax Incentives

Federal tax laws provide special benefits to help students and parents pay for college. For example, a tax credit allows you to subtract an amount from the taxes you owe:

Taxes owed   $6,000  
Less tax credit $1,000  
Taxes owed  $5,000  
A tax deduction allows you to subtract an amount from the income on which you must pay taxes:
Gross income     $25,000  
Less tax deduction $1,000  
Taxable income $24,000  

Below are brief summaries of the tax incentives most likely to benefit adult, nontraditional students. Not all students or parents will qualify for these tax credits. Be sure to obtain a complete explanation of these tax incentives and consult with your tax advisor before you make financial decisions or use them in filing your federal income taxes.

American Opportunity Tax Credit

The American Opportunity tax credit allows students to reduce their federal income tax by as much as $2,500 per student for out-of-pocket tuition, fees and qualified books, supplies and equipment.

Lifetime Learning Credit

Up to $2,000 per return may be claimed for qualified educational expenses.

Student Loan Interest Deduction

The maximum interest deduction is $2,500. The loans must have been used to pay qualified costs of attendance, including room and board.

Loan Forgiveness

For certain curricula, there are loan forgiveness programs available. Students need to research these programs carefully, as there are often strict criteria associated with loan forgiveness programs. For more information, visit www.aesSuccess.org or www.studentloans.gov.

Financial Aid

Community College of Philadelphia participates in the following federal and state-funded programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study Program, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Grant, William D. Ford Direct Student Loans (Direct Loans), and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits to be eligible for loans and the PHEAA State Grant. Students may receive a Federal Pell Grant for fewer than 6 credits. In addition, to be eligible for financial aid, students must have earned either a high school diploma or GED®. To maintain financial aid eligibility, students must make academic progress as outlined in the College's Policy on Academic Standards and Progress (Academic Progress, Academic Probation, and Dropped for Poor Scholarship).

Read all the provisions of this policy carefully before registering for classes. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Center, Room BG-7, at 215-751-8169.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students applying for financial aid must do so for each academic year. Students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This application is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant, the PHEAA State Grant and Federal Direct Loans. Use Community College of Philadelphia School Code 003249 when filing your FAFSA. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students applying for the Direct Loans must also complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and an entrance counseling session at www.studentloans.gov.

Since the application process for all of the above grants and loans takes about four to eight weeks, students are advised to file early rather than merely by the deadlines that follow. Students needing assistance should e-mail the Office of Financial Aid.

Filing Deadlines for 2014-2015

Federal Pell Grant:
All applicants – June 30, 2015

PHEAA State Grant:
Renewal applicants – May 1, 2014
New applicants – August 1, 2014

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study:
All applicants – April 15, 2014

These deadlines are for applications that are complete. All required documentation must also be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by the above-listed deadlines.

We cannot guarantee that there will be Work-Study funds available for students applying after these dates, but we will continue to review late applications until all funds have been awarded.

William D. Ford Direct Student Loans (Direct Loans)

In addition to accepting the awarded loans online in MyCCP a student must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and an entrance counseling session at www.studentloans.gov. This must be done at least four weeks before payment deadline.

PHEAA State Grant

Pennsylvania students who file their 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1, 2014, for renewals and August 1, 2014, for new students will be automatically considered for the PHEAA State Grant. Students must meet a number of eligibility requirements. For example, according to Pennsylvania State Grant regulations, a student must have no more than 50 percent of his or her total enrolled credits per semester in distance education courses to maintain Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility. For more information click here.

Summer Aid

Information concerning summer aid is available at the Office of Financial Aid in early spring.

Study abroad students who need loans should consider taking the loans during the spring semester.

For detailed information and applications, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Adjustments to Financial Aid

Attendance is required in all classes for which a student is registered. Students are responsible for dropping any courses they do not plan to attend. If a student never attends a class, the financial aid award will be adjusted to reflect only those classes the student attends. This adjustment could affect a student’s current and future financial aid eligibility. Students will also have to repay any overpayments.

Furthermore, the federal regulations state that students may receive federal funds for the maximum of 30 semester credits of developmental classes, except for English as a Second Language courses. Therefore, if a student has registered for 30 credits of developmental coursework, the student will not be able to receive federal funds for additional developmental courses. Also note that once a student has earned a passing grade, financial aid can only be applied one more time for that class.

Financial Aid Withdrawals, Refunds and Repayment Policy

Financial aid is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws or merely stops attending, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of aid that the student was paid or scheduled to receive. Course withdrawals after the term begins will have a negative impact on students' academic progress standing and future financial aid eligibility. The Office of Financial Aid is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, stop attending, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence. Up through the 60 percent point in each payment period or period of enrollment, a pro-rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60 percent point in the payment period or period of enrollment, a student has earned 100 percent of the federal aid he or she was scheduled to receive during the period.

Unearned aid is returned in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants for which a return of funds is required
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants for which a return of funds is required
  • Other assistance under this Title for which a return of funds is required (e.g., LEAP)

Cautionary Note: Withdrawals may have a negative impact on students’ academic progress standing and future aid eligibility.

Alternative Funding Sources

Many business enterprises, labor union locals, churches and faith-based organizations, and community groups award scholarships for collegiate studies. Parents of prospective students are encouraged to ascertain from employers and union offices what benefits may be available for their dependents. Students who are employed are sometimes eligible for financial assistance by their employers.

For information on scholarships and awards presented by an employer, contact the employer’s Human Resources Office.

Veterans

Scholarships for Veterans, Spouses and Dependents

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Effective August 1, 2009, veterans may be eligible for new benefits under this bill if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty or were honorably discharged or released. Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. Basic benefits may include cost of tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and books and supplies. Since the new law contains many major differences from the current Montgomery GI Bill, veterans are advised to visit www.gibill.va.gov for additional information about the major changes contained in the law.

Other programs and benefits are also available for veterans, spouses and dependents. Please visit the Veterans Resource Center located on the ground level of the Bonnell Building, Room BG-43; email; or visit the Veterans section on the College’s website.

Community College of Philadelphia complies with all regulations established by the Veterans Administration for students enrolled under VA programs, as required by Title 38, United States Code, Section 3675. Men or women eligible for assistance under the GI Bill or other VA programs should apply directly to the nearest VA office.

Scholarships and Awards

Community College of Philadelphia supports commitment to community college education through the development of a viable student scholarship and award program. Individuals, organizations and corporate donors are invited to establish awards or scholarships, in accordance with applicable College policies, for students enrolled at the College or for use by the College’s students upon transfer to other colleges and universities.

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation has established many student scholarship programs to recognize the accomplishments of our students and encourage lifelong learning for all who may benefit. These scholarship programs support students by providing financial assistance for tuition, books or other costs associated with attending college. There are also scholarships and awards available to high school students who will begin their studies at the College.

Currently, the College Foundation and the Office of Institutional Advancement administer more than 120 student scholarship and award programs. There are scholarships and awards available based on a student’s program of study, academic achievement, community/volunteer service and leadership.

For a complete listing of the scholarships and awards for which Community College of Philadelphia students are eligible, click here.

For more information on Community College of Philadelphia scholarships and awards, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement, Annex–7th Floor, or 215-751-8214.