G-7. Tuition and Fee Rates

G-7. Tuition and Fee Rates

Value Statements

  • The Board of Trustees values ACC’s role as the first point of access to higher education for many students.
  • Consequently, the Board is committed to ACC’s cost of attendance being the lowest among other local higher education institutions.
  • Tuition and fees are intended to cover operational costs of the district which are not subsidized by State appropriations and local taxes.
  • While tuition and fees will rise over time, ACC shall strive to make for minimal increases only when necessary to support the District operations, to announce increases prior to the beginning of new academic years, and to remain the lowest-cost local provider of higher education.
  • Tuition and fees will be reviewed annually as part of the College’s Master Plan and budget resource allocation processes.

[1]  The tuition rates for in-district college-credit students shall be set by the Board. Except when the Board explicitly directs otherwise, tuition rates for other students shall be set by the President in accordance with this policy.

[2]  Student fees must be approved by the Board, with justifications, revenue/cost estimates, and proposed changes listed during budget deliberations.

[3]  The Board shall determine whether a charge will be assessed as tuition or as a fee based on financial impact to the District under current law.

[4]  Out-of-district students are Texas resident students who live outside the ACC taxing district. To maintain a differential that is fair to ACC taxpayers and reflects the local tax effort in support of in-district students, out-of-district students shall be charged a credit-hour differential fee in addition to the in-district tuition rate. The out-of-district differential fee shall be 3 times the in-district tuition rate.

[5]  To maintain a differential that is fair to State and ACC taxpayers, the per-credit-hour tuition rate for students who do not qualify as Texas residents shall be 5 times the in-district tuition rate.

[6]  While financial circumstances may necessitate consideration of tuition and fee increases, the College will assist students in anticipating increases by generally approving them only once per year as part of development/approval of the next year’s annual operating budget.  The President is authorized and encouraged to use any available method to lessen the impact of this tuition differential on economically-disadvantaged students.

[7]  The President may adopt rules waiving all or part of the tuition and/or other charges for senior citizens or students enrolled under a joint-credit agreement with a school district, with an annual report to the Board on the nature and extent of such waivers.

[8]  The President shall set charges for non-credit and continuing-education classes that at least cover operational, indirect, and overhead costs, except where specific programs have been exempted from these criteria by Board approval.

The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on April 7, 1997 and amended it on October 4, 1999; May 2, 2005, August 6, 2007, and May 2017.

Note: This policy was re-numbered from G-8 to G-7 (due to the elimination of G-5) effective May 2, 2011.