2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    Nov 21, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog

Tuition & Fees and Refunds



Tuition & Fees


Tuition and fee charges are established by the College’s Board of Trustees and are subject to change at any time by the Board. A student’s tuition is calculated on a per-semester credit-hour basis. Fees may be charged on a per-term, per-course, per-credit-hour, or per-transaction basis, and may vary for full-time and part-time students.

Tuition Residency*

A student’s tuition rate is determined by where that student maintains his/her home residence. Tuition residency is established for each student as of the date of enrollment, and may change from term to term. Students are required to maintain a current address of residence with the Registrar’s Office.

Based on his/her home residency, a student is classified into one of the following four categories for the purpose of establishing the appropriate tuition rate:

  • Hunterdon/Somerset County resident an individual who maintains a verifiable residence in either Hunterdon or Somerset County, New Jersey.
     
  • Out-of-county resident an individual who maintains a verifiable residence in New Jersey in neither Hunterdon nor Somerset County. (Note: An out-of-county resident who provides written verification, from his/her employer, of current employment in either Hunterdon or Somerset County receives a $45 per credit hour reduction from the standard out-of-county resident rate.)
     
  • Out-of-county charge back resident – an out-of-county resident whose home county pays part of his/her RVCC tuition through a county charge back arrangement.
     
  • Out-of-state resident – an individual who does not maintain a verifiable residence in New Jersey.   
     

Tuition - Credit Courses*

 

Hunterdon/Somerset County residents

$153 per credit

 

Out-of-county residents

$198 per credit

 

Out-of-county charge back residents

$153 per credit

 

Out-of-state residents 

$198 per credit

Tuition for online courses is $202 per credit hour regardless of the student’s tuition residency classification, no fees are charged. Students are charged standard tuition rates for online-hybrid courses.

Early College Program Tuition*

High School students will be charged regular college tuition (Hunterdon/Somerset County or out-of-county, as applicable) and fees for all courses to be taken on RVCC’s main campus.

Concurrent Enrollment Program Tuition*

High school students taking Concurrent Enrollment Program courses offered at their high school are charged $200 in tuition per course, without limit to the number of courses taken in a semester.  The application fee is waived.
 

Fees - Credit Courses*

General Registration Fee

$26 per credit hour

(Online courses and Concurrent Enrollment Program courses are not charged General Registration Fees.)  

Laboratory/Studio/Activity Fee – Additional fees for certain courses that have laboratory, studio, or activity components.  Fee amounts vary with individual courses and are indicated in the term’s Schedule of Classes.  (Most fees are $60-$360 per course.)
  

Enrollment Service Fee $33 per semester

(This fee is not charged to students enrolling exclusively in online courses and Concurrent Enrollment Program courses.)
 

Technology Fee

Part-Time Student  $80 per semester
Full-Time Student  $125 per semester

(This fee is not charged to students enrolling exclusively in online courses and Concurrent Enrollment Program courses.)
 

International Student Processing Fee  

$200 per semester

 

Developmental Course Fee

$15 per semester

(This fee is charged to students enrolling in one or more developmental courses.) 
 

Automotive Program Fee  

$150 per credit

Uniform Fee (one time - at program start) $120
Industry Certification Fee (one time - aggregate) $180

(This fee is charged to students who have been accepted into, and are enrolling in, the Automotive Technology, Certificate program.) 
 

Honors College Fee  

$150 per semester

(This fee is charged to students who have been accepted into, and are enrolling in, the RVCC Honors College.) 
 

Nursing Program Fee   

$680 per semester

(This fee is charged to students who have been accepted into, and are enrolling, in the College’s Nursing program.)  
 

Occupational Therapy Assistant Fee

$250 per semester

(This fee is charged to students who have been accepted into and are enrolling in the College’s Occupational Therapy Program.) 
 

Graduation Fee $35

Other Fees (non-refundable)

 

First Time Application Fee (This fee is not charged to students applying for the Concurrent Enrollment Program.)

$25

 

Late Registration Fee (Effective two weeks before first day of the start of the term)

$50

 

Official Transcript Fee

$10

 

Returned Item Fee (Check, Credit Card Charge, ACH transaction)

$25

 

Replacement Diploma Fee

$15

Tuition Waivers*

The College grants tuition waivers for students who meet any of the following criteria. To claim the waiver, a student must register in person and present all required waiver eligibility documentation at the time of registration. Waivers are not applied retroactively to existing registrations. Students with tuition waivers are responsible for all fees and for the costs of all textbooks and other instructional materials associated with the courses for which they enroll.

  • Unemployed Students – To be eligible for this tuition waiver, a student must have an Unemployment Certification and must apply for financial aid through the College. Unemployment Tuition Waivers are not applied to the student’s account until all other financial aid for which the student is eligible has been applied.  For Somerset and Hunterdon County residents, waivers will be accepted five business days preceding the start of the semester. For residents of other counties, waivers will be accepted one day before the start of the semester. Out-of-county residents must first apply to their home county college. The Late Registration fee is waived for Unemployment Waiver registrations. All other fees will be charged, when applicable.
  • National Guard and National Guard Reserves – To be eligible for this tuition waiver, a student must be a member of the New Jersey National Guard or the New Jersey National Guard Reserves. This waiver is limited to a maximum enrollment of 16 credit hours per semester. All fees will be charged, when applicable.
  • Volunteer Firefighters and Volunteer Emergency Medical Personnel – To be eligible for this tuition waiver, a student must be in active service as a volunteer firefighter or as a volunteer emergency medical service worker. The volunteer’s spouse and children are also eligible for this waiver. This waiver is limited to a maximum of $600 per year and a lifetime maximum of $2,400 per family. All fees will be charged, when applicable.
  • September 11th Victims and their Families – To be eligible for this tuition waiver, a student must be a victim of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 or a member of the victim’s immediate family. All fees will be charged, when applicable.
  • Senior Citizens – Raritan Valley Community College recognizes that residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties aged 65 and older would personally benefit from taking a variety of courses at the College and can contribute to a positive experience for other students in the classroom. The College will allow Hunterdon and Somerset County residents aged 65 and older to audit one class each semester, provided that their presence in the course does not deny enrollment to a student registered for credit. Registration may take place during the 5 business days prior to the course start.  No tuition will be assessed, a $33 enrollment service fee will apply, and course books/material are an extra cost.  No course credit is awarded.

* The 2018-2019 tuition and fee schedule was approved by the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees on March 27, 2018. Approval by the Board of School Estimate is required prior to implementation. Tuition and fees are subject to change. The College may change course/lab fees or add new fees with 30 days notice prior to the start of each semester.

Payment & Refunds

Payment - Credit Course

In this section, the term “Payment” means full payment of all tuition and fee charges, or the making of approved payment arrangements, including the application of any financial aid funds the student has been awarded.  Payment dates are published for each term on the College’s website and in the term’s Schedule of Classes.

A student’s registration is not official until payment has been accepted. Payment for early registration for any primary academic term, or any secondary term within that primary term, is due four weeks before the start of the primary term. Unpaid student registrations for any term are subject to possible cancellation after the early registration payment due date for that term.  For registrations processed after the early registration payment due date, payment is due at the time of registration. Payment may be made by cash, check, approved credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), or automated clearing house (ACH) transaction.

Students with outstanding financial obligations to the College are denied registration, grade reports, official transcripts, diplomas, and graduation certification until all financial obligations are satisfied.

Refunds - Credit Courses

The Primary Refund Period is prior to the sixth business day of the semester, or an equivalent prorated period of time in a shorter academic term. The Secondary Refund Period is the sixth through 10th business days of the semester, or an equivalent prorated period of time in a shorter academic term.

A student enrolled in a course section that is canceled by the College is given the opportunity to enroll in an alternate course section or to receive a full refund of all tuition, general registration fees, and course or laboratory fees associated with the canceled course section.

A student who withdraws from a course section during the Primary Refund Period, and does not simultaneously add another course section, receives a 100 percent refund of all tuition and course or laboratory fees associated with the course section from which he/she withdraws. A student who withdraws from a course section during the Secondary Refund Period, and does not simultaneously add another course section, receives a 50 percent refund of all tuition and course or laboratory fees associated with the course section from which he/she withdraws. A student receives no refund for a withdrawal processed after the Secondary Refund Period.

If a student withdraws from one course section and simultaneously registers for a second course section during either refund period, the student’s total tuition and fee charges for the term are recomputed on the basis of any change in the student’s total credit hour enrollment resulting from the withdrawal/registration transaction. If appropriate, a refund or an additional charge is processed to the student’s account.

The withdrawal date is determined by the date the withdrawal is processed through the College’s online enrollment system or by the date a withdrawal form is approved and processed in the Enrollment Services Office.

A student withdrawn by administrative action does not receive any refund regardless of the withdrawal date.

All refunds are made by College check, payable to the student, and are mailed to the student at his/her official address on file at the College. Any required refund to the student’s source of financial aid will be deducted before the student’s refund is processed. 

Other Costs

Books and materials total approximately $2,400 per year for full-time students. Commuting expenses and the cost of meals for about 30 weeks should be added to obtain an estimated yearly expenditure.

Nursing students are required to purchase their own uniforms.

Fines 

Prior to fall and spring registrations, students who have obligations to the College, such as overdue books, unpaid parking tickets, etc., will be notified by mail. Students must satisfy their obligations to the College at the time of notification. These obligations are checked at registration and students with outstanding obligations are not permitted to register.

Tuition & Refunds - Noncredit

Tuition and fee charges for noncredit courses and programs are listed in the printed and online course schedules.

Payment for courses should be made in full at time of registration. Unpaid student registrations for any course are subject to cancellation. Payment is defined as full payment of all tuition and fee charges or making approved payment arrangements.

A student who enrolls in a noncredit course section that is canceled by the College is given the opportunity to enroll in an alternative course section or to receive a full refund or all tuition, registration fees and material fees associated with the canceled course section. A student who withdraws from a course section five or more business days prior to the start of the first class date receives a 100% refund of all tuition and material fees associated with the course. The registration fee is not refunded. After that period, no tuition or fees shall be refunded.

Workforce Development

As part of its commitment to lifelong education, RVCC offers a variety of non-credit continuing education courses and programs for non-academic credit. All relevant College policies and the following specific policies apply to the College’s continuing education courses and programs. Individual courses and programs may have additional policies and/or requirements.

Definitions
Payment – Full payment of all tuition and fee charges, or making approved payment arrangements.
Refund Period – Five or more business days prior to the start of the first class date.
Minimum Enrollment Threshold – the minimum number of students required to run the course.

Registration
A student’s registration is not official until payment has been made.
Enrollment for specific continuing education programs/courses may be open to the general public or may be restricted to specific student populations.

An official Registration Form is required for all continuing education courses. Full payment of all tuition and fees, certification of an appropriate payment waiver, or confirmation of third party payment must accompany each Registration Form. Incomplete Registration Forms or payments are not processed.

Enrollment Restrictions
The College reserves the right to limit enrollment or to combine/cancel continuing education courses/programs as may be necessary.  Tuition waivers can only be used after the class meets its minimum enrollment threshold.

When required for specific courses/programs, only students who have passed criminal history background checks, or other required screening procedures, may enroll in certain continuing education courses. If a student enrolls in a continuing education course that has such a restriction, and the results of a background check or other screening procedure later indicate that the student has a criminal history or other disqualifying condition, the College reserves the right to withdraw the student from the continuing education course without refund of tuition or fees.


Payment Policy
Payment for continuing education courses should be made in full at time of registration. Unpaid student registrations for any course are subject to cancellation.

Registrants receiving State or Federal grants must meet with the appropriate individual in the Workforce Development Division to process grant paperwork and confirm grant funding. All fees not covered by the grant must be paid for in full at time of registration.

Payment may be made by cash, check, approved credit card, or automated clearing house (ACH) transaction. Students with outstanding financial obligations to the College are denied registration, grade reports, official transcripts, diplomas, and graduation certification until all financial obligations are satisfied.


Refund Policy
A student enrolled in a course section that is cancelled by the College is given the opportunity to enroll in an alternate course section or to receive a full refund of all tuition, registration fees, and materials fees associated with the canceled course section.

A student who withdraws from a course section during the Refund Period receives a 100 percent refund of all tuition and materials fees associated with the course. The registration fee is not refunded. After the refund period, no tuition or fees shall be refunded.

 

Educational Opportunity Fund


The Raritan Valley Community College Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) is a state-funded program that provides additional economic and academic assistance to students who demonstrate need. Economic assistance consists of grant money each semester the student is enrolled. Academic assistance consists of advisement, assistance with registration, and monitoring of academic performance to determine appropriate counseling and support services for academic success. In addition, students participate in career preparation activities. An EOF student who transfers to another college may be eligible to receive EOF support services at the new institution.

The EOF program attracts a diverse student population, including recent high school graduates, non-traditional age students, and single parents. Incoming EOF students begin their academic development during an intensive summer session, where they complete appropriate English or Mathematics courses based on placement testing.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or High School Equivalency

  • Have resided in New Jersey for at least one year

  • Be eligible for the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)

  • Demonstrate economic eligibility, evaluated on the New Jersey State eligibility scale

  • Maintain full-time enrollment

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident

To apply, applicants must complete an RVCC application, the FAFSA, and provide current tax returns. Please visit the EOF office or call (908) 526-1200, extension 8924 to set up an appointment.