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College Catalog: Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses

Tuition and Fees are established and approved annually by the State Board for Community Colleges. Tuition and fees are charged per credit hour. Fees include a technology fee, student activity fee and auxiliary fee, and for out of state students, an additional capital fee.

A Virginia resident is one who has been domiciled in, and is, and has been an actual bona fide legal resident of Virginia for a period of at least one year prior to the commencement of the term or semester for which enrollment is sought. Residency Status is determined by the Office of Admissions.

The tuition due is obtained by multiplying the credits taken times the amount per credit.

Payment of tuition enables the student to use the Library Learning Commons, bookstore, parking lot, college lounge, and other facilities of the College. There are no special laboratory or library fees, but students are expected to pay charges for any College property which they damage or lose (such as laboratory or shop equipment, supplies, library books, and materials). There is a $35.00 fee payable to the Business Office for any student submitting a dishonored check to the College.

Tuition rates may be changed by action of the State Board for Community Colleges. Current tuition fees are posted online at:
www.pdc.edu/financial-aid/tuition-rates/


Tuition Payment Plan

Paul D. Camp Community College provides payment plan options to help you afford education. The cost to participate is a nonrefundable enrollment fee per semester, depending on the number of payments. More information about the Tuition Payment Plan is posted online:
http://www.pdc.edu/how-to-make-a-payment/tuition-payment-plan/


Books and Materials

Students are expected to obtain their own books, supplies, and consumable materials needed in their studies. The estimated cost of these items will average $500-$1200 per semester for a full- time student. Bookstore services are available at the Franklin Campus, Hobbs Suffolk Campus, and online.


Field Trip Expenses

Field trips are required for selected courses and programs. If a field trip is an established part of a course or curriculum, the instructor will so state in the course outline. All students will be expected to pay out of their own funds any expenses, including transportation charges, for their participation in any field trips. If a student must miss a class meeting while on a class field trip, it is incumbent upon the student to notify the instructor in order to make arrangements to make up any missed assignments.


Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates

The Admissions Office is responsible for making an initial determination of eligibility for in-state tuition rates, based on information provided by the student in the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, included with College application materials. Eligibility is determined by using State Council for Higher Education guidelines pertaining to Section 23.7 of the Code of Virginia. To be eligible for the in-state tuition rates, students must be domiciled in Virginia for a minimum of one year before the first official day of classes. If a student’s parent or parents are employed full-time in Virginia but live out of state, special provisions for determining eligibility for reduced tuition rates exist. Spouses and dependents of active duty military personnel are entitled to show eligibility for in-state tuition rates in the same manner as nonmilitary personnel, except the one-year durational period may be waived for active duty military personnel (and their dependent children) who voluntarily elect Virginia as their permanent residence for domiciliary purposes. Effective July 1, 2006, spouses and dependent children of military members stationed in Virginia who reside in Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Proof of both residency and station orders must be submitted to the Admissions Office for verification. Generally, in order to be eligible for in-state tuition rates, the student must be a legal “domicile” of Virginia for at least one full year prior to the planned semester of enrollment at the College. Domicile is a technical legal concept, which means more than simple “residency” in the State of Virginia. A legal domicile must demonstrate his/her intention of remaining in Virginia indefinitely. Demonstration of intent is usually accomplished through objective evidence such as driver’s license, automobile registration, voter registration, payment of Virginia income taxes, or ownership of real property (must reside in the property). If the applicant (or parent, legal guardian, or spouse) does not have taxable income and receives State Aid, disability benefits, or other income, documentation must be submitted. A student under the age of 24 usually assumes the domicile of the parent(s), unless the student is legally emancipated; a student over the age of 24 may establish his/her own domicile independent of the parent(s). Additional information about eligibility can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Students who disagree with an initial determination of eligibility made by the Admissions Office may appeal the decision following the Appeals Process for Determinations of Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates. The Domiciliary Appeals Process is provided to help resolve disagreements by students.

Pursuant to Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(c) the following individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person so described must have enrolled in the institution prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30, chapter 33, or chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019.

Domiciliary Appeals Process

Paragraph H of Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia relating to eligibility for in-state tuition privileges specifies that public institutions of higher education in Virginia must establish an appeals process for applicants “aggrieved by decisions on eligibility for in-state tuition charges.” The purpose of the appeals process described herein is to provide criteria in administering domiciliary status determinations and to provide for orderly and timely resolutions of all disputes.


Level I — Initial Determination

The Office of Admissions and Records shall make initial determination of domiciliary status based on the information provided by the student at time of application.


Level II — Intermediate Review

If the Office of Admissions and Records determines that a student is ineligible for in-state tuition, the student may appeal by completing the Domicile Determination Form. In the process of determining the student’s eligibility for in-state tuition, supporting documents need to be submitted. Examples of documents are the Virginia Resident or Non-Resident State Income Tax Return and a Virginia Driver’s license, Voter Registration card, or Virginia DMV issued ID. All documents should be turned in to the Admissions Office within five (5) working days. Upon receipt, the documents will be reviewed by the Dean of Student Services. The student will be notified of the decision within five (5) working days.


Level III — Final Administrative Review

If the student is not satisfied with the disposition of the Dean of Student Services, the student may appeal his/her case in writing to the Vice President of Academics and Student Development within five (5) working days. The Vice President of Academics and Student Development will make a final decision, in writing, within ten (10) working days of receipt of the letter of appeal. Any student wishing to attend classes while appealing a domicile ruling will be charged out-of-state tuition rates. Tuition charges will be adjusted upon successful appeal.