Tuition and Fixed Fees
The following tuition rates will be charged each semester. These rates apply to courses taken for credit and for audit. TUITION AND ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH NEW STATE LAWS AND BOARD POLICY.
In-District (Howard County Residents)
$72 per semester hour with a base amount of $150. Qualified Texas Deaf residents shall be exempt from tuition fees beginning with the fall semester of 1995 as documented.
Out-of-District (Texas Residents)
$122 per semester hour with a base amount of $180. In order to establish in-district residency, a student must have been a resident of Texas for twelve consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment, including six months as a resident in Howard County. Moving into the Howard County Junior College District for the specific purpose of enrolling in Howard College or SWCD does not establish legal residence in the district.
Non-Resident (Out of State and International)
Howard College - $169 per semester hour with a base amount of $200
SWCD - $458 per semester hour, no base, based on State Law 131.005.
Non-State Funded Course Fee
A charge of $70 per credit hour will be added to the tuition charged for courses that do not qualify for state funding, including but not limited to the following conditions:
- A student's third attempt or more at the same course.
- A student taking a developmental course who has exceeded 18 semester credit hours of developmental course work.
- Any other circumstances for which state funding is not received.
$80 per semester - Big Spring and SWCD
$100 per semester- Lamesa
$300 per semester - San Angelo
Student Services Fee
$50 per semester
If space is available at the close of regular registration, students age 65 and older may enroll for up to six hours of courses each semester and/or summer term without payment of tuition. All fees will be charged. If space is available at the close of regular registration, students age 65 and older may audit any course(s) at no charge. This exemption will only be honored upon request in person. Registration must be completed on site each registration period. This exemption does not apply to programs with limited enrollment and/or competitive selection.
- Certain fees or other costs may be reduced or waived by the college President or designee for students who are enrolled in classes taken in facilities provided for the purpose of instruction when these locations are located in the college's service area or have been approved by the Board of Trustees.
- Certain costs are reduced for inmates at correctional facilities enrolled in academic transfer courses. The base tuition for inmates at correctional facilities enrolled in credit-bearing college courses is $50 for in-district, $100 for out-of-district, and $140 for non-resident students. The hourly rate is $40 for in-district, $52 for out-of-district, and $74 for non-resident.
- Tuition, fees and/or other costs may be reduced or waived by the college President or designee for students enrolled in classes contracted through a private or public business entity. These are considered on a case-by-case basis and dependent on factors such as class size.
- Certain costs are reduced for high school students enrolled in dual credit courses. This applies to all dual credit courses regardless of course type, location, or instruction mode.
- Hourly tuition for credit courses is $48 for in-district, $60 for out-of-district and $82 for non-resident when the course is taught by a Howard College instructor. (If a Howard College instructor travels out of the city limits to teach at a high school location, the school district may be responsible for travel costs.)
- Tuition for dual credit workforce continuing education courses is based on the number of contact hours in a course. Tuition is calculated at $2.00 per contact hour between 1-49 hours, $1.50 per contact hour between 50-99 hours, and $1.00 per contact hour 100 hours or more.
- The tuition rate is $0 when the course is taught by a high school instructor.
- Fixed Fees are waived.
- Students may be responsible for certain course or program costs such as insurance, licensure requirements, testing, certification, equipment, etc.
- The tuition rate for the summer terms immediately following a student's graduation from high school is reduced: Hourly tuition is $48 for in-district, $60 for out-of-district, and $82 for non-resident. Fixed Fees are waived. Students may be responsible for certain course or program costs such as insurance, licensure requirements, testing, certification, equipment, etc.
Tuition for Continuing Education courses is based on the number of contact hours per course. Tuition is calculated at $2.00 per contact hour between 1-49 hours, $1.50 per contact hour between 50-99 hours, and $1.00 per contact hour 100 hours or more. Building fees are calculated at $2.00 per contact hour with a maximum of $200.00. Fees are calculated at 20% of tuition in $5.00 increments with a minimum of $5.00 and a maximum of $45.00. Students may also be responsible for additional charges such as cost of instructor, technology fees, books, or other required items.
A button maker is available in the Anthony Hunt Library on the Big Spring campus. It creates 2-1/4 inch buttons. Users will need to have their design printed on plain, thin paper. The library has tools to accurately cut the prints and turn them into buttons. Library staff does not make a user's buttons for them. Buttons are 5 for $1.00 to be paid with cash only.