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2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees Overview

Upon registration, all tuition and registration fees must be paid to secure classes. Alternatively, classes may also be secured with confirmed financial aid, enrollment in a payment plan through South Louisiana Community College contracted vendor, or by having an exemption or contract applied to the account. Classes that remain unsecured by the established due dates published in the Student Handbook are subject to being dropped for non-payment.

Tuition and fees at South Louisiana Community College are among the most affordable in the State. Payments can be made online, on your LoLa account (through CashNet, using ACH draft), mailed in to SLCC, Attn: Student Accounts; 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506 (payment must be received in Student Accounts Office by deadline), or paid in person at the Lafayette Ardoin campus. Drop boxes are available at these campuses: C. B. Coreil, T. H. Harris, Teche, Evangeline, Acadian, Gulf, and Lafayette for payments by check or money order. Installment payment plans are only available through your LoLa account. For payment amount inquiry or scheduled dates and times for cash transactions, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 337-521-8904.

Every student is responsible for understanding all College policies and procedures related to managing their registration and their student account. These policies include, but are not limited to, the College’s Add/Drop, Withdrawal, and Refund policies and the effects on their student account.

See sample Tuition and Fee table below as an example of total cost.

  • Online Tuition - $133.93 per credit hour
  • Online Other Charge - $5.03 per credit hour
  • Operational Fee - $3.00 per credit hour up to $36.00
  • Academic Excellence - $7.00 per credit hour up to $84.00
  • Building Usage Fee - $4.00 per credit hour up to $48.00
  • Online Student Services Fee - $7.00 per credit hour
  • Online ERP Fee - $5.00 per credit hour
  • Technology Fee - $5.00 per credit hour up to $60.00
  • Online Registration - $40 per semester/session if enrolled in at least one online course


Students classified as non-residents of the state of Louisiana are assessed non-resident tuition and fees according to the rates established by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. Student residency is established at the time of application to the College. Residency classification is determined by the Admissions Office based on criteria set forth by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors and the information provided on the student’s application. If a residency reclassification is necessary or required, students must make requests through the Registrar’s Office.


The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees 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 Louisiana while attending a school located in Louisiana (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release 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 Louisiana while attending a school located in Louisiana (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release 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 school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school 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 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Louisiana while attending a school located in Louisiana (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Louisiana while attending a school located in Louisiana (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679(c) as amended.

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Fee Descriptions

Academic Excellence Fee

The Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges, by R.S. 17:1871 (B) and 3351 (A) (5) and in accordance with Article VII, Section 2.1 (A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, has provided for the assessment of an academic excellence fee at each institution under its management and supervision effective for the Fall 2003 session and thereafter. The board established this fee in addition to other tuition and attendance fees. The purpose of this fee is to promote academic excellence by enhancing instructional programs; however, no proceeds shall be used to pay the salary of any university or university system administrator.

ACTS 2003, No. 1132 Effective July 2, 2003.

The fee amount per student shall not exceed $7.50 per credit hour per academic session and shall not exceed $90 per academic session. SLCC charges $7 for each hour taken during each session. If a student is scheduled for 12 hours or more, this fee is $84.00. If a student has received an award under the TOPS program, the student must pay for this fee. TOPS does not pay for the Academic Excellence fee.

Building Use Fee

House Bill 671 of the 2013 regular legislative session allows management boards to establish a college building use fee not to exceed $48 per semester (or $4 per student credit hour) to construct, repair, maintain, operate, or improve the facilities and physical infrastructure of colleges.

Course/Laboratory Fees

Some courses may require an additional fee to cover additional resources required to teach the course.

Enterprise Resource Planning Fee

The Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges approved a fee of $3 per credit hour (max $36) effective Fall 2011 to support implementation and continued operation of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Excess Credit Hour Fee

Effective Fall 2016, the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) approved a fee to be assessed on all student credit hours taken by a student that are 1) over 15 credit hours in a fall or spring semester, 2) over 12 credit hours in a summer session, and 3) over an equivalent number of hours in a non-traditional semester/session. The fee is set at $150.96 for each excess credit hour.

Late Registration Fee

Any student registering or paying for classes after regular registration will be charged a late registration fee of $25.

Non-Residents Fee

Out-of-state residents are charged non-resident tuition, up to a maximum of $2,760 for 12 hours. Admissions determines eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident after the application for admission and other related documents have been submitted.

NSF Checks Fee

If a student presents a check as payment for any tuition and fees owed to SLCC and the check is returned for any reason by the bank, the student will be charged an NSF fee of $25. Payment of the returned check must be by cash or money order in person at the Ardoin Building on the Lafayette Campus or online by debit or credit card.

Operational Fee

House Bill 1062 imposed a 4% operational fee to be used to cover mandatory higher education increases. The fee is charged at $3 per credit hour, not to exceed $36.

Parking Fee & Identification Fee

Each student will be assessed $5 per semester for each of these fees. Identification cards can be obtained from the Safety and Security Department located on each campus.

Student Government Association (SGA) Fee

The proceeds from this fee go directly to the Student Government Association (SGA), which oversees disbursement of the funds to various student activities. In addition, funds are provided to various academic departments for cultural enrichment, and to clubs and organizations for activities that benefit the entire student body. The fee is charged at $5 for each semester.

Student Services Fee

Covers fees for student services such as registration, financial aid, bursar function, security, library, et The fee is currently charged at $7 per credit hour.

Technology Fee

The Louisiana legislature approved this self-assessed student fee in 1997. The proceeds are for “implementing, replacing, improving, and expanding technologies to benefit student life and learning.” For the purpose of this fee, “technologies” includes, but is not limited to, instructional and laboratory equipment, and the networking and supporting computers and telecommunications infrastructure necessary to support these activities. SLCC students, through a referendum presented by the SGA during the Spring 2000 semester, approved this fee. The LCTCS board also approved this fee in March 2001. This fee became effective during the 2001- 2002 academic year. The fee is charged at $5 per credit hour, not to exceed $6.

Transcript of Records Fee

All admission requirements and financial obligations to the College must be met in full before transcripts are issued. Transcripts are issued at a cost of $5 per copy. As an added convenience, especially for students who are out of the area or state, transcripts may be requested using Transcripts on Demand for a cost of $7.25. The fee is payable by debit or credit card.

Student’s Financial Responsibility

When students register for any class at South Louisiana Community College or receive any service from South Louisiana Community College, they are making a financial commitment to pay all tuition, fees and other associated charges assessed as a result of their enrollment and/or receipt of service.

If the student drops or withdraws from some or all of the classes for which he or she registers, the student is responsible for paying all or a portion of tuition and fees in accordance with the published tuition refund schedule located in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. The student accepts the terms and conditions of the published tuition refund schedule and understand those terms are incorporated herein by reference. The student’s failure to attend class or receive a bill does not absolve the student of financial responsibility as described above.

By providing a telephone number, email, or other contact information, the student authorizes South Louisiana Community College and its agents to make contact with the student using these means of communication. This includes, but not limited to, calls placed to the cellular phone using an automated dialing service and calls using prerecorded messages and/or SMS text messages, regarding any past, current or future financial or academic record (or critical College business) held by South Louisiana Community College and its agents. The student consents to all forms of contact, even if his or her service provider for receiving such communications charge the student.

The following Terms and Conditions, in addition to the disclosures provided above, outline the student’s Registration Agreement with South Louisiana Community College.

  1. Once a student formally registers for classes, the student assumes the responsibility for understanding all SLCC official policies as described in the current South Louisiana Community College Catalog and Student Handbook, which include but are not limited to policies concerning schedule changes, satisfactory academic progress and the financial policies of the College.
  2. Withholding of services: If a student has any outstanding obligations with any college in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, SLCC reserves the right to withhold future services including but not limited to registration, transcript requests, issuing diplomas, use of facilities, and other services as deemed appropriate by the College.
  3. It is the student’s responsibility to check his/her SLCC email address daily and maintain a current postal address to ensure receipt of all College correspondence.
  4. Registration constitutes a financial agreement between the student and South Louisiana Community College. Tuition, fees and other charges the student incurs, including but not limited to testing charges, course specific fees, fines and bookstore charges shall be added to the student’s account.
  5. SLCC accepts payment via student financial aid and third-party sponsorship, but the responsibility for payment remains with the student. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/her account balance and any funding sources. If financial aid is not granted or if third party sponsors do not pay within a reasonable period, the student will be required to pay the full amount due.
  6. Charges left unpaid for prior terms may result in disenrollment from the student’s current semester/session’s courses unless payment arrangements are made prior to payment deadlines.
  7. In the event the student becomes delinquent in paying charges or defaults in repaying charges, the debts may be transferred to the State of Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, the Louisiana Office of Debt Recovery, or another external agency for collection. All collection fees incurred shall be at the expense of the student, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 331/3%.