College announces new fees, tuition structure for fall 2019

Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, Northwest Mississippi Community College will implement a new tuition structure and additional general and special fees approved by the Board of Trustees last May. These changes will affect all students, including incoming freshmen, returning sophomores, eLearning students and dual enrolled students. Both new and returning students were made aware of the changes earlier in the summer.

While full-time tuition will remain the same at $1,500 per semester, the college has added some additional mandatory and special fees, restructured tuition and fees for part-time students, and slightly increased residence hall and meal plan rates.

“The board approved these fee changes in order to offset increased expenses, improve technology and infrastructure, and offer pricing consistent with peer institutions across the state,” said Jeff Horton, vice president for Administration and Finance. “When comparing these charges with current rates of other Mississippi community colleges, Northwest would be ranked 7th in total cost per semester, which is still an educational bargain for students.”

Tuition and fees effective fall 2019 are as follows:


1-14 credit hours (part-time): $140 per credit hour;

15-19 credit hours (full-time): $1,500 per semester;

Over 19 credit hours (full-time plus hours): $1,500 per semester plus $140 per credit hour over 19;


Registration Fee (all students—per semester): $50;

Technology Fee (all students—per semester): $45;

Out-of-State Fee (per fall & spring semester—in addition to full-time tuition): $1,200;

Out-of-State Fee (per semester—in addition to part-time tuition): $100 per credit hour;


Career-Technical Program Fee (per semester): $50;

Mississippi Virtual Community College Fee (per semester): $15 per credit hour;

Nursing Program Fee (per semester—ADN students only): $1,200;

Automobile Registration Fee—first vehicle registered: no charge;

Automobile Registration Fee—per additional decal: $5;

Replacement of ID Card: $10;

Room Deposit: Bobo, Gainey, Panola, Quitman, & Taylor Halls: $50;

Room Deposit: Benton, DeSoto, Marshall & Tallahatchie Halls: $100;

Books—estimated per semester*: $600 to $800;

Residual ACT: $50;

Deferred Payment Fee: $25;

Returned Check Fee: $25;

*Books and supplies for some programs may exceed this estimate. Some courses may require a mandatory eBook fee payable at the time of registration. Fee amounts will vary depending on the cost of each book.

Fees for residence halls have been increased by $50 per occupant, per semester. Costs of meal plans have also increased by $50 per semester. This marks the first time in seven years that fees for room and board have increased.

All tuition and fees not covered by completed Financial Aid are due in full at the time of registration. Foundation, MTAG and athletic scholarships can be used to cover tuition, fees and books, while institutional scholarships will generally pay for tuition only.

Full-time, in-state students may take advantage of the College’s Deferred Payment Plan which carries a nonrefundable $25 service fee. To utilize this plan, students must pay one half of the semester’s registration fees, plus any unpaid prior balance. Students will be invoiced for the remaining balance approximately 30 days after classes begin, and the final payment will be due within 60 days. All outstanding balances must be paid before a student may register for another term or receive an official transcript.

For more information on fee changes, contact Associate Bursar Rob Dunnam at 662-562-3913.

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