The ACC Board of Trustees establishes tuition and fees. Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis.
There are four types of residency: in-district, out-of-district, out-of-state, and international.
Residents of Texas
In-District: You are a resident of the ACC taxing district. Communities in the taxing district are the Austin, Del Valle, Elgin, Hays, Leander, Manor, and Round Rock school districts and the city of Austin.
Fall 2012 $62 per credit hour Spring 2013 $62 per credit hour Summer 2013 $62 per credit hour
Out-of-District: You are a Texas resident but live outside the ACC taxing district.
Add $162 per credit hour out-of-district fee to the in-district rates above.
Non-Residents of Texas
- Out-of-State: You have not been a Texas resident for at least one year.
- International: You are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Fall 2012 $308 per credit hour Spring 2013 $308 per credit hour Summer 2013 $308 per credit hour
Third Attempt Course Tuition
A charge of $60 per credit hour will be added to the tuition charged for courses repeated for the third or more time.
Audit (no credit students)
Tuition and fees are the same as for credit students. Auditing students register on the last day of the add/drop period.
In addition to tuition, the following fees are required as applicable. Fees are not refundable, unless noted.
|General fee||$13 per credit hour|
|Out-of-district fee||$142 per credit hour|
|Student accident insurance||$1 per course|
|Student activity fee||$2 per credit hour|
|Student parking permit fee||$15 per year (optional)|
|Sustainability fee||$1 per credit hour|
|Course challenge fee||$10 per credit hour ($30 minimum)|
|Course fee (selected courses)||$50 per course|
|Course placement assessment||Varies|
|Credit card chargeback||$25|
|Extended field trip fee||Determined at registration|
|Fire Academy||$90 per course|
|GED testing fee||$100|
|Health Professions Insurance||$10 per course|
|Individual skill assessment||$10|
|International student non-refundable application fee||$100|
|Installment plan late fee||$20|
|Library services courtesy borrowers card||$25 per calendar year|
|Music private lesson (1 hour)||$90|
|Music private lesson (2 hours)||$160|
|Out-of-District ECS||$75 per course|
|Refund reissue fee||$25|
|Certificate of completion||$5|
|Student ID card||$10|
|Returned check fee||$25|
|Site fee||Varies by site|
Emergency Medical Services Professions Rideout fees vary per site for fall, spring, and summer semesters. See course description.
Students participating in graduation ceremonies purchase caps and gowns from the ACC Bookstore.
Student Accident Insurance Policy
ACC has obtained accidental injury insurance coverage for students enrolling in selected classes. Premium charges vary depending on the nature of the course. The appropriate insurance fee is automatically added to the students' fee bill at the time of registration. All fees are subject to change.
A copy of the insurance policy may be obtained by writing to: Austin Community College, Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Insurance, 9101 Tuscany Way, Austin, Texas 78754.
Textbooks and Supplies
Students are responsible for purchasing required textbooks and supplies. The cost varies from semester to semester and from one program of study to another. Books and supplies are available from the ACC Bookstore (http://austincc.bncollege.com) as well as other outlets. Required textbooks may be found at the ACC Bookstore on the campus at which the course is being offered. Distance Learning textbooks are available at the Rio Grande bookstore or online. A limited supply of textbooks are available for income-eligible students to borrow. To determine if you are eligible to borrow textbooks from the Textbook Collection, contact a Support Center at a convenient campus.(austincc.edu/support/financialaid/center/contacts)
Refunds are made under the following conditions.
- If the college cancels or discontinues a scheduled course, a 100 percent refund is granted.
- Students who officially drop or withdraw from a course will have their tuition and select fees refunded. The State of Texas sets the refund policy for ACC and any refund amounts are based on the refund schedule, less any debt owed to ACC.
Refund periods for fall, spring, and some summer semesters are the following:
|Fall and spring semesters (16-week session)|
|Before the first class day||100%|
|During the first 15 class days||70%|
|During the 16th through 20th class days||25%|
|After the 20th class day||NONE|
|Summer semester (11—week session)|
|Before the first class day||100%|
|During the first ten class days||70%|
|During the 11th and 14th class days||25%|
|After the 14th class day||NONE|
The "first class day" is the day the session officially begins. It may precede the first day a student's class actually meets. For short-session and other courses, students should check the course schedule or contact Admissions and Records for drop/withdrawal deadlines and refund schedules. Please note:
- Students must officially drop or withdraw by the dates published in the college calendar in order to receive a refund.
- Students who withdraw from the school without completing their proof of Texas residency requirements are still subject to being billed for out-of-state fees.
Students must activate an ACC OneCard debit card before they can obtain a refund of any non-credit card tuition payment. Log on to www.ACCOneCard.com, activate the debit card, and choose a refund delivery method. An ACC OneCard is mailed to the student's address on file with the college. It is the student's responsibility to ensure their address is current. ACC OneCards are mailed to each student, who must then log on to www.ACCOneCard.com, activate the debit card, and choose a refund delivery method.
Refunds for credit card payments will appear on cardholders' monthly statements. The college is not responsible for interest charged to the credit card during processing.
- The amount of refund may be reduced for federal financial aid recipients who have not completed 60 percent of the enrollment period for which they have received aid. (See Financial Aid—Title IV Refunds)
- In cases of tuition and fees paid directly to the college by a sponsor or scholarship, refunds will be made to the source rather than the student.
Go to austincc.edu/support/admissions/refunds for additional information about refunds.
Tuition Exemptions and Waivers
Exemptions are provided at ACC. Tuition exemptions are not retroactive to a paid enrollment. To receive information or to update files, contact Student Accounting in the Business Office at the ACC Service Center at 9101 Tuscany Way, Austin, TX 78754. Students in the following categories are eligible for tuition exemption:
- Students Who are Blind or Deaf — Exemption from payment of tuition and fees. The Texas Commission for the Blind or the Texas Commission for the Deaf will issue an authorization to the students if they are eligible. Eligible students must contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) on an ACC campus.
- Children of Disabled or Deceased Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers — Exemption from payment of tuition and fees. Children under 21 years of age are covered if there is a certificate on file with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A document obtained from this agency must be submitted at registration. Eligibility is for up to 120 undergraduate semester credit hours or until the student reaches age 26.
- Children of POWs and MIAs — Exemption from payment of tuition and fees. To qualify for this exemption, a student must be 21 or younger (or under 25 if receiving major support from parents) and be a dependent of a person who is a domiciliary of Texas on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States and who at the time of registration is classified by the Department of Defense as a prisoner of war or missing in action.
- Early College Start — High school juniors and seniors in the ACC taxing district may be waived from tuition and fees for a maximum of 12 courses. High school juniors and seniors who reside outside the ACC taxing district may be charged $75 per course up to a maximum of 12 courses unless the ACC course is taken on a high school campus. Out-of-district students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for a $75 out-of-district fee waiver, contact the Early College Start Office. Tuition and fees are not waived for developmental education courses, physical education courses, continuing education (CE) courses, or audit status courses.
- Early College Start High School — Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ and Reagan Early College High School (ECHS) juniors and seniors are exempt from tuition and fees up to the Early College Start 12-course waiver. Austin Independent School District pays for all courses taken in grades 9 and 10 and courses taken above the 12-course waiver for up to 60 hours of college credit.
- Firefighters Enrolled in Fire Science Courses — Exemption from payment of tuition and lab fees for courses offered as a part of a fire science curriculum. To be eligible for the exemption, students must provide proof to the college registrar they are employed as a paid fire fighter by a political subdivision of the State of Texas or provide proof they are active members of volunteer fire departments who hold an accredited advanced certification (or the equivalent), under the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas volunteer certification program.
- Hazlewood — Exemption from tuition and all fees except the Student Activity and parking fees. Contact the ACC Veterans Affairs Office for eligibility requirements.
- Highest Ranking High School Graduates (Valedictorians) — Exemptions for tuition only are granted to those students who submit a copy of their valedictorian certificate at registration. This exemption may be granted for any one of the first two regular sessions following graduation.
- Senior Citizens — Students 65 years of age or older qualify for exemption of tuition for up to six (6) credit hours per semester on a space available basis. This exemption applies only when the student registers during the add/drop period for the course. Students must pay for courses in which they registered prior to the add/drop period or for hours in excess of the six allowed.
- Children in Foster or Other Residential Care — Exemption from payment of tuition and fees. For more information about tuition exemptions and waivers visit The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website "College for Texans" at www.collegefortexans.org. Student must provide proof of having been in foster care or other residential care under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services on or after the day preceding the students 18th birthday but no later than their 25st birthday.
- Children of Professional Nursing Program Faculty and Staff — Exemption from the payment of tuition. The student must be a resident of Texas, not have been granted a bachelor's degree and be enrolled in an institution that offers an undergraduate or graduate program in professional nursing. To apply the student must submit to the institution a completed Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff Exemption Application. Eligibility is for no longer than 10 semesters or until receiving a bachelor's degree.
- Clinical Preceptors and their Children — Exemption from the payment of up to $500 in tuition per term. The student must be a resident of Texas and complete the Clinical Preceptor Exemption Application. Eligibility is for no longer than 10 semesters or until receiving a bachelor's degree.
- Adopted Students Formerly in Foster or Other Residential Care — Exemption from payment of tuition and fees. Student must have formerly been in foster or other residential care, adopted or subject to adoption assistance agreement under Subchapter D, Ch 162, Family Code.
- Children or Spouse of Deceased Public Servants — Exemption from the payment of tuition and fees and allowance provided for textbooks. Must be enrolled as a full-time student. Benefits limited to 200 hours of course credit or a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. A Proof of Claim is filed with the Employees Retirement System of Texas to apply for these benefits.
- Peace Officers Enrolled in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement Courses — Exemption from payment of tuition and lab fees for courses offered as a part of a law enforcement-related or criminal justice curriculum. To be eligible for the exemption, students must provide proof to the college registrar they are employed as a Peace Officer by the State of Texas or by a political subdivision of Texas.
For more information about tuition exemptions and waivers visit The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website "College for Texans" at www.collegefortexans.org.