Tuition and Other Costs
Payable Each Semester
The cost of attending Wilkes Community College continues to be one of the most economical means of post-secondary education. Tuition is determined by the state legislature and is subject to change. For current tuition, fees and other costs, please contact the Business Office at Wilkes Community College at (336) 838-6105 or visit the college web site at www.wilkescc.edu.
There is a $3.25 per credit hour (maximum $32.50) activity fee charged for all students enrolled in the fall semester and spring semester. This includes the cost of student newspaper, SGA, intramural activities, intercollegiate athletics, and other designated student activities and events.
There is a $10.00 parking fee charged fall and spring semesters and summer term. This fee is charged to all students enrolled.
All curriculum students enrolled are charged a student insurance fee of $1.25 fall and spring semesters and summer term. This fee covers the students with the school accident insurance policy.
Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (Integrated), Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting and Respiratory Therapy programs must purchase the college's malpractice insurance. This is charged one time a year upon initial enrollment for the school year. The insurance must be purchased prior to students doing any clinical work. This coverage protects the students and the college while the students are in their clinical courses of study.
There is a $2.00 per credit hour (maximum $16.00) technology fee charged fall and spring semesters and summer term. This fee is charged to all curriculum students enrolled.
The cost of books is approximately $500.00-$650.00 fall semester and $400.00-$500.00 spring semester. For specific information regarding bookstore-related questions, please contact the College Bookstore at (336) 838-6174.
Material and Supply Fees
The following courses require additional special fees as listed: ART 283, $20; Dental Assisting, $50 (Fall and Spring Semesters); Basic Law Enforcement Training, $200; Culinary (first-year students), $200; and Culinary (second-year students), $40.
In case of equipment breakage or damage due to gross negligence or maliciousness, students will be expected to remunerate the institution for the cost. Grades shall be withheld until proper payment is made.
Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts include a Supply Fee of $125.00 to supplement supplies and perishables used by each student. Supply Fees apply to the following courses:
CUL 140, CUL 160, CUL 170, CUL 180, CUL 240, CUL 260, CUL 270, BPA 150, BPA 210, BPA 220, BPA 240, BPA 250
Students should not require more than two courses per semester with a supply fee included. Exceptions: If a student is off-track, is enrolled simultaneously in both Culinary and Baking & Pastry, or if a student chooses to take an increased load.
Tuition Payment Options
Payment of tuition and required fees is required to be considered enrolled. Options of payment are as follows:
- Cash, check, or money order
- Credit Card - VISA or MasterCard
- Financial Aid - Financial aid approved prior to registration from the financial aid office
- E-Cashier - Students may wire payment to the college from their personal bank account for a nominal fee. For more information contact the Business Office or visit the college web site.
- Third Party Authorizations - Businesses, agencies, organizations, etc. may authorize payment for students/employees' educational expenses. Authorization from the agency must be either on file or presented to the Business Office at the time of registration stating the specific charges covered.
- Tuition Payment Plan - Students may apply for an installment plan through Nelnet Business Solutions for tuition, fees and books. Payments are set up at zero percent interest with a $25 per semester fee. Students must enroll for at least six (6) semester hours and complete an application in the Business Office or through the college web site at www.wilkescc.edu. Payment options subject to change.
Continuing Education Programs
Basic Skills: ABE, GED, ESL, Adult High School, Compensatory Education: No charge.
Occupational Extension and Community Services: Varies depending upon course length.
Computer Classes - Registration Fee and a $5.00 technology fee.
Persons taking continuing education courses who wish to check out books from the library must obtain a library/ID card.
Persons enrolled in the following programs must be covered by personal accident insurance or purchase school accident insurance: Law Enforcement, Carpentry, Industrial Maintenance, Electrical Construction, Emergency Medical Technician, Masonry, Metal Working, Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Plumbing, Equine Studies and Practical Woodworking.
Persons enrolled in Emergency Medical Technician Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant I, Nursing Assistant II, and Phlebotomy must be covered by malpractice insurance.
There will be a $25.00 service charge for all checks returned from the bank due to insufficient funds and/or closed accounts.
Registration fees for Continuing Education classes are set by the North Carolina General Assembly and are subject to change without notice. For current registration fee information contact the Continuing Education Office at (336) 838-6203.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
Upon applying for admission to the college, prospective students are classified as residents or non-residents of North Carolina for tuition purposes, according to their declaration at the time of application. In addition, each time students register for classes, they are required again to affirm residency status.
Individuals who are originally classified as non-resident and later request reclassification to resident status, will be asked to complete a ?Residency and Tuition Status Application.? The dean of student services will review each of the applications, make a determination as to the individuals? residency/non-residency status, and will then advise the individuals in writing of the decision.
To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, students must establish and maintain legal residency (domicile) in North Carolina for at least 12 months prior to being considered for in-state residency with the capacity and intent of making North Carolina their permanent home.
Aliens are subject to the same considerations as U.S. citizens in the determination of residency status for tuition purposes except that holders of temporary visas and their dependent relatives may not be considered residents for tuition purposes.
Students needing a more in-depth examination should consult ?A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes.? A copy of the manual is available in the Student Services Office. Questions should be directed to the dean of student services.
Individuals disagreeing with their residency classification may appeal to the college residency committee. The appeal must be made in writing to the vice president of instruction and student services within fifteen working days after the notice of the classification decision is received.
Tuition refunds are made based upon Title 23 of the N.C. Administrative Code (23 NCAC) guidelines. A refund shall not be made except under the following circumstances:
a. A 100 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws prior to the first day of class(es) of the academic semester as noted in the college calendar. Also, a student is eligible for a 100 percent refund if the class in which the student is officially registered fails to ?make? due to insufficient enrollment.
b. A 75 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from the class(es) prior to or on the official 10 percent point of the semester.
c. For classes beginning at times other than the first week (seven calendar days) of the semester, a 100 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from the class prior to the first class meeting. A 75 percent refund shall be made if the student officially withdraws from the class prior to or on the 10 percent point of the class.
The above policy may differ for financial aid recipients. For example, refunds may not be made to students, but may be credited to the appropriate financial aid program. For a more detailed explanation, contact the financial aid director.
In all refund cases, students must initiate the withdrawal through the Registrar's Office. The Business Office will make the allowable refund only after written request is received from the Registrar's Office.
Beginning on the semester's first day of classes through the 10% point of the semester (eighth day for fall and spring semesters; fourth day for summer term), students will be charged 25% of the cost of any course dropped. ? The charge does not apply if a course with equal or more credit hours is added at the same time.? For example, if students drop a 3-credit-hour course and add a 3-credit-hour course on the first day of classes in the same transaction, the 25% charge will not be applied.? However, if students drop a 3-credit-hour course on the first day of classes and add a 3-credit-hour course on the first day of classes at a later time, then the 25% charge will be applied for the course dropped.? Therefore, if students need to make changes to their original schedule, they should see their advisor on or before Registration Day to drop a course in order to avoid paying the 25% charge.? ?After the 10% point of the semester, students will be responsible for 100% of the costs of courses on their schedule.? For more details, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Note: This refund policy is current at the time of publication; however, this policy is subject to change as mandated by N.C. State legislation. Please see the college website for the most current refund policy.