Sep 22, 2023  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition & Fees


Resident Status for Tuition Purposes

LCC classifies a student as a resident or non-resident student according to the information provided on your Application for Admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about required documentation for residency status. If you feel that you meets the requirements for Colorado residency, you may appeal a classification. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 719.336.1589 or for further information.

Who Qualifies for Colorado Resident Status

To qualify for resident tuition, a student (or parents or legal guardian if under 23 years old and not emancipated) must have been domiciled in Colorado for at least one year prior to the first day of the semester that one is seeking residency. Domicile for tuition purposes is determined by two factors:

  1. Ability to show a permanent place of residence in Colorado, and
  2. Ability to demonstrate ones intent to remain in Colorado.

A student can prove ones intent by providing evidence of:

  • Paying Colorado income taxes
  • Being permanently employed in Colorado
  • Holding a Colorado driver’s license or vehicle registration
  • Registering to vote in Colorado

Petition Residency Classification

If you have been classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes, you may petition the college by submitting a supplemental residency form. Petitions must be submitted NO LATER than the start of the classes for the term in which one is enrolling.

Resident Status for Honorably Discharged Veterans

Honorably Discharged Veterans, spouses and dependents may be eligible for residency. Eligible students can submit a copy of ones DD-214 and Military ID to the Office of Admissions for review. This must be submitted prior to the first day of the semester that a student seeks residency.  This status is COF-eligible. See COF section below for more information.

Resident Status for Active Duty Military

Non-resident active duty military personnel and their dependents may qualify for resident status by providing the following documents prior to the first day of the semester that they seek residency. This status is COF-eligible. See COF section below for more information.

  • Certification from base personnel office that confirming student’s status as active duty with a permanent duty station in Colorado.
  • A photocopy of military or dependent ID card from a branch of the U.S. Armed Services.

Resident Status for Temporary Duty Military

Members of TDY (Temporary Duty) orders to Colorado and their dependents qualify for in-state tuition by providing the following documents prior to the first day of the semester that a student seeks residency. Students submit documentation of assignment or orders and copy of sponsor’s and student’s Military ID.  Status is not COF-eligible.

Students must re-submit documentation to Student Services for each year that they wish to be classified as residents.

Western Undergraduate Exchange/WUE Tuition

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). With WUE, students in most Western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level of 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition.

To be eligible for WUE, a student must be, and remain, a resident of one of the participating states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. If a student has moved to Colorado within the past 12 months from one of the qualifying states, he/she may be eligible for the program. No semesters in which a student is classified as WUE may be counted towards the 12 month domicile requirement to establish Colorado residency. Please be aware that online courses are not eligible for the WUE program.

To qualify, a student must submit a completed WUE application form to Student Services no later than the beginning of the term in which one is enrolling. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 719.336.1589 or for further information. 

Tuition Reciprocity Agreement

A tuition reciprocity agreement between Colorado and New Mexico allows students from New Mexico to attend LCC at in-state tuition rates. To qualify for Reciprocity, students must submit a request for reciprocity enrollment form to Student Services no later than the start of classes for the term in which one is enrolling.

Forms will be sent to New Mexico students with their letters of acceptance to LCC. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 719.336.1589 or for further information.

Student Financial Obligations

Lamar Community College students are expected to pay their financial obligations with the College by the posted census date each semester. Students should plan to pay for all charges associated with the registration/ enrollment process. These charges include, but are not limited to tuition and fees. Students who choose to live in the residence hall are responsible for paying room and board charges by the posted census date.

For all accounts sent to Collections, there will be a 30% non-refundable finance charge added to the account. 

If tuition, fees, room and board charges, etc. are not paid by census date of the current term, a $25 deferment fee could be charged to your account.  Lamar Community College offers all students an easy payment plan option through Nelnet FACTS payment plan. That plan can be accessed by logging into your Lopes Access link on the website.  Click on the student finance tab and click on sign up for a payment plan.  All payment plans and options can be discussed at the Cashier’s Office located in Student Services or by calling 719.336.1593.  

Tuition pricing shown below reflects established 2020-2021 rates and are for estimation purposes only. Rates are subject to change as deemed necessary by the State of Colorado, the Colorado Community College System, and LCC.


College Opportunity Fund/COF

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a state-funded program that provides a per-credit subsidy for residents attending state-supported and participating private colleges and universities. This money, referred to as a COF stipend, is applied to an in-state student’s tuition, provided the student applies for and authorizes its use.  LCC will receive this money, and it will appear as a tuition credit on your bill. The Colorado General Assembly sets COF rates annually. Failure to apply for COF could result in a student’s tuition rate being changed to non-resident. If a student does not apply for and authorize COF’s use, (s)he is responsible for both the “student share” and the “state share” of all tuition and fees.  Students are advised to view tuition bills each term to ensure that the COF stipend has been correctly applied to accounts. Students should apply online during the college application process or by going to and clicking on “The College Opportunity Fund” icon in the lower right-hand side and then “Apply for a Stipend.”  Students should authorize COF when registering for classes. 

Estimated Base Tuition Calculation 2020-2021

Total estimated base in-state tuition $193.35  
Minus estimated “College Opportunity Fund Stipend”    40.00  
Student’s estimated share of in-state tuition $153.35  

Mandatory Fees

All students are required to pay the following fees, unless noted.

Registration Fee

The College assesses a $14.35 registration fee each semester.

Activity Fees

Students enrolled in on-campus courses and programs are required to pay activity fees charged on a per-credit-hour basis as follows:

  • Student Government fee
  • Student activities fee
  • Athletic fee


Student Center Fee

LCC charges $2.70 per credit hour with a 12-credit-hour cap for funding future construction of a new Student Center.

Campus Health Center Fee

All full-time students pay the Campus Health Center fee. This fee of $33.60 per student, per semester provides full-time students with unlimited office visits at the Campus Health Center. It is optional for part-time students for the same fee ($33.60).

Classroom Technology Fee

LCC charges $3.00 per credit hour with a 15-credit hour cap for funding for classroom technology.

Residence Hall Technology Fee

All students who reside in the Residence Hall are assessed an $160.00 fee per academic year.

Graduation Fee

A $35 non-refundable graduation fee is assessed to a student’s account in the semester a student submits an “intent to graduate” form to LCC Student Services Center. Upon completion of their degree or certificate program(s), students are encouraged to participate in graduation activities, including walking at commencement.

Students graduating with multiple degrees and/or certificates in one term will be assessed a $35 fee for each designation, up to a maximum of three (3).

Course-Related Fees

Although also mandatory, the fees listed below are assessed based on a student’s choice of courses and delivery methods.

Tuition and Fees at a Glance

For estimation only. Charges may vary based on courses selected.
Tuition Classification Tuition/Credit  Less COF Stipend Net Tuition/Credit Student Fees/Credit* Reg. Fee/Semester
Resident (COF eligible) $ 193.35 ($40.00)  $ 153.35 $14.90  $ 14.35
Non-Resident   255.65   -         255.65   14.90     14.35
***LCC/CCCOnline-resident   303.20  (40.00)     263.20        14.35
***LCC/CCCOnline-non res.   401.25    -          401.25        14.35
International   503.30 -      503.30    14.90     14.35

* Does not include other mandatory fees and course fees. Course fees vary by types of courses and number of credits taken each semester. Mandatory insurance fee begins at 12 or more credits. These charges and fees are subject to change.

** On campus international students eligible for scholarship of $209.00/credit hours; cannot be used for online courses. 

*** For Fall 2020, all online rates will receive a scholarship reducing the tuition down to the on-campus rate.  This scholarship will be applied after census date of the courses enrolled in.

Medium/High Cost Course Fee

Established by the Colorado Community College System to address higher cost of science, occupational, and technology courses, the fee is $7.45 per credit hour.

CISCO Course Fee

Established by the Colorado Community College System to provide the funds necessary to support the cost of the Cisco Networking programs at member community colleges, the fee for these courses is $21.10 per credit hour. Cisco courses are not subject to the Medium/High Cost course fee above.

Directed Study Fee

Directed study courses are charged at the current tuition rate, plus an additional independent study fee equal to the student’s share resident rate, $153.35, per credit.

Fitness Center Fee

Some Fitness Center courses require an $18.00 Fitness Center Equipment Usage fee.

Lab and Other Course Fees

Lab and other course fees vary depending upon courses taken and may include liability insurance, lab kits, external testing fees, supplemental materials, and supplies.

Agriculture Course Fees

AGP 146 lab/supplies/transportation $500.00.

Art Supply Kits Fees

ART 121 & ART 221    $80.00

ART 132    $55.00

ART 133 & ART 233    $37.00

ART 151    $84.00

Biology Lab Course Fees

BIO 105 $25.00 per course

BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 201, BIO 202 Lab and BIO 204     $35.00 per course

Carpentry Course Fees

Carpentry Tool Kit $390.00

AEC 122 Lab Supplies $50.00

CAR 100 Lab Supplies $44.00

CAR 134 Lab Supplies $473.00

CAR 145 Lab Supplies $260.00

Chemistry Lab Course Fees

CHE 101, CHE 111, CHE 112, CHE211 $15.00 per course

EBM/HTM  Horse Board Fee

HTM 110, HTM 120, HTM 210, ASC 143, ASC 243, and/or EQT 253 are assessed a  $575.00  horse board fee per course.

EMS Course Fees

EMS 121 Lab Kit Fee $50.00.

EMS 203 Lab Kit Fee  $75.00.

EMS 121 and EMS 203 Liability Insurance  $9.00 per course.

Geology Field Trip Fees

GEY 111 and GEY 112 $37.50 per course.

Nurse Aide Course Fees

NUR 101 Lab Kit fee    $20.00.

NUA 170 Liability Insurance    $9.00

NUA 171 NNAAP Test Fee    $135.00.

Nursing Course Fees

All NUR (Health Professions) prefixed courses are charged a differential tuition fee of $75.10 per credit hour in addition to regular tuition.

NUR 106 Lab Kit Fee     $95.00.

NUR 106, NUR 109, NUR 206, NR 230 Kaplan Testing $165.00 per course.

NUR 109 Lab Kit Fee  $205.00.

NUR 109 Nursing Central Mobile/Web Fee  $173.80.

NUR 109 and NUR  206 Exam Software use $65.00 per course.

NUR 109 and NUR 206 Liability Insurance    $9.00 per course.

NUR 109 and NUR  206 Sim Lab Fee    $175.00 per course.

NUR 206 Lab Kit Fee      $165.00.

NUR 169 NLN PN DRT Test     $57.20NUR 169 Kalan PN NCLEX Prep Book $35.00.

NUR 230 NCLEX RN Exam $200.00

Welding Course Lab Fees

WEL 101, WEL 102, WEL 103, WEL 104, WEL 110, WEL 111, WEL 114, WEL 124, WEL 125, WEL 202, WEL 224, WEL 230,  are assessed a  $100.00 lab fee per course

Books and Supplies

A full-time student’s average annual cost for books and supplies is $2,700.00, payable by cash, checks, Master Card, VISA, or Discover.

Cosmetology/Barbering Kits & Books
  • The Cosmetology Kit and books cost for 2019-2020 is $1,701.00
  • The Barber supply Kit and books cost for 2019-2020 is $1,706.00
  • The Barber Crossover Kit is $510.00.
  • The Nail Technician Kit cost is  $979.00; with books it is $1,063.00.

Room and Board

All single freshmen under 21 and not living with parents or relatives while attending LCC are required to live in the residence hall unless they have received waivers or have been exempted. LCC reserves the right to automatically bill students who have not been exempted/waived and choose to live off campus. For more information, see the Student Services  section.

Room and board fees shown below reflect established 2020-2021 rates. They are subject to change as deemed necessary by the State of Colorado, the SBCCOE, and LCC. Students living in the residence halls must purchase a 19-meal/week plan. Room & board for Todd Burch Hall is $3,472.00/semester (double occupancy). Room and Board for Prowers House is $3,639.50/semester (double occupancy). Housing deposit for Todd Burch Hall and Prowers House is $150.00. A $15.00 Residence Hall Activity fee is deducted once from each resident’s housing deposit. This fee is placed in an account reserved specifically for hall activities and maintenance of hall recreational equipment.

Commuter Meal Plans are available for students not living in the Residence Hall. Plans are available for 15, 30 or 45 meals. To get a meal plan in the cafeteria full payment must be made to the Cashier and the receipt for payment must be presented to cafeteria staff. Prices for the meal plans are available on both the website and the Sodexho website


Payments, Adjustments, and Refunds

All charges (tuition, fees, room and board) are due by the published census date of each semester.  Credit is extended only in those instances where the College has an existing contract with an outside agency (this includes various forms of federal and state financial aid) or where prior arrangements have been made with the Cashiers Office for a payment plan set up. 

Students who have applied for and have been awarded financial aid must pay the difference, if any, between the actual costs and the amount awarded unless they have made prior arrangements with the Cashier.

If a student adds a course creating additional charges, all charges are due at that time. A student due a refund because of overpayment, dropping prior to census date, or other actions, may expect to receive a refund  in approximately 6-8 weeks after the Cashier has received the appropriate paperwork. This policy applies to all LCC learners.

All Lamar Community College refunds are processed electronically  through Bank Mobile.  Each student who registers receives an instant personal code  in the mail, with instructions for activation, select refund preferences, etc.  The three refund options available through  Bank Mobile include:   having the refund posted to the student’s  Bank Mobile card; an electronic deposit in the student account of choice; or a paper refund check from  Bank Mobile. 

Tuition and Fee Adjustments

A 100 percent refund of tuition and refundable fees is made if a student officially drops from a course prior to the course’s census date. There is no refund if the student withdraws from a course after the published census date.

Applicable tuition and fees are charged for any course added by a student prior to the course’s published census date.

Withdrawal from the College

Students can withdraw from the College by contacting the Student Services Center. No refund is made for withdrawals after the census date except as mandated by federal financial aid regulations. Unused portions of scholarships and other financial aid are canceled upon withdrawal. Students withdrawing from LCC must go through a checkout process with Student Services. For more information on withdrawal, see the Academic Affairs  section.

Tuition/Fee Reimbursement for Emergency & Military Personnel

In times of emergency, certain students (e.g., reserve military units, individuals with specialized skills, or firefighters) are called to provide services to the country. When the call for service or national emergency is issued, it is often necessary for students to interrupt their coursework in mid-semester without advance notice. LCC recognizes that normal refund and withdrawal policies may not be appropriate and allows the following exceptions.

  1. LCC offers to reimburse tuition paid or credit the current term’s tuition to a future semester’s tuition charges for reservists called to active status during times of national emergency.
  2. LCC waives any fee for breaking room and board contracts for reservists called to active status during times of state or national emergency. In addition, LCC refunds a prorated amount paid for room and board based on the date the individual leaves the residence hall.

Documentation of official Temporary Duty assignment is required and must be approved by the Dean of Academic Services.

Result of Nonpayment

The College reserves the right to terminate the enrollment of students who do not meet their financial obligations to the College. The Student Services Center cannot release degrees, certificates, or transcripts to any student or former student who has a financial obligation to the College. 

If the student account is not paid by census of the current term, a $25 deferment fee will be added. 

In addition, if an account is not paid by the following term census date, an additional 30% fee will be added and the account will be turned over to an outside collection agency. 

Appeal for Tuition Credit

The College gives students the opportunity to submit an Appeal for Tuition Credit if there is an unforeseeable or extraordinary circumstance that prevents the student from dropping a course by the census (drop) deadline. An Appeal for Tuition Credit must be filed by the last day of the semester immediately following the semester in which the extenuating circumstance occurred (e.g. by the last day of summer semester for an extenuating circumstance occurring during spring semester).   For more information, please contact Student Services. Completed Financial Aid Acknowledgment and Medical Documentation forms may also be required.