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Tuition and Fees

Students will be charged per semester hour according to the schedule below for all credit hours. South Arkansas Community College has three tuition rates: 1) in-district for students who are residents of Union County, 2) out-of-district for students who are Arkansas residents but not residents of Union County, and 3) out-of-state for residents of other states. (See Residency Requirements) The following schedule of tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year has been approved by the South Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees:

(Tuition and fees are under review and may change for the 2013-2014 academic year.)

Tuition

Per Credit Hour

 
In-District   $81
Out-of-District  $94
Out-of-State  $169
   
Course Related Fees and Other Charges  

Fees required for all students

 

Assessment Fee 

 $25

Technology Fee 

 $8/credit hour

Activity Fee

 $1/credit hour

Security Fee

 $4/credit hour

Support Fee

 $1/credit hour
   

CDA Assessment

 $425

Challenge Test (per test)

 $7 plu8s 12 per credit hour

COMPASS Test

 $10

Developmental Math Course Fee

 $25 per semester

Drop/Add (per form)

 $5

Drug Screen Test

 $35

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic

 

AR Practical Exam

 $50

NREMT Practical Exam

 $150

Golf

 $45

Health Science Background Check

 $53

Health Science CPR

 $45

Health Science Insurance (Accident)

 $6 per semester

Health Science Insurance (Liability)

 $18 per semester

Health Science Program Fee

 $75 per semester

Health Science Student Travel and Professional Development

 

Medical Lab

 $50 Fall/Spring semester

Occupational Therapy Assistant

 $50 per semester

Physical Therapist Assistant

 $75 Fall/Spring semester

Practical Nursing (Days/Warren)

 $25 per semester

Pracitcal Nursing (Evenings)

 $15 per semester

Radiologic Technology

 $50 Fall/Spring semester

Registered Nursing

 $60 per semester

Respiratory Therapy

 $50 per semester

Surgical Technology

 $50/$100 Fall/Spring semester

HOBET V Test (Health Admission Test)

 $40

ID Card Replacement

 $8

Laboratory Fees

Check “Fee” column in course listing 

Medical Laboratory Science Certification Exam

 $106

Music (private lesson)

 $100 per credit hour

Network Security Background Check

 $50

Online Courses

 $28 per credit hour

Occupational Therapy Assistant Testing

 

AOTA

 $75

NBCOT

 $45

Licensing Prep Exam

 $120

Physical Therapist Assistant Testing

 $220

Practical Nursing

 

ATI Exam (Days/Warren)

 $145 per semester

ATI Exam (Evenings)

 $109 per semester

ATI Retake Exam

 $40

Drug Screen (Days/Warren/Evenings)

 $35

Radiologic Technology Testing

 $200

Registered Nursing

 

ATI Exam

 $175 per semester

Drug Screen

 $35

Supply (per course)

 $60 per semester

Respiratory Therapy Assessment Test

 $130

Respiratory Therapy Data ARC

 $60

SAS Critical Thinking Test

 $32

STEP Assessment

 $30

Surgical Technology

 

CST Practice Exam

 $40

Drug Screen

 $35

Gold Bundle Package

 $247

Northstar Learning

 $85

Test Proctoring Fee

 $15 per test

Transcript

 Free

Course Usage/Lab and Supply Fee (the amount varies per course) $5-$80 per course Usage/Lab and Supply Fees may be charged for specific classes.

See the current class schedule for a list of Usage/Lab and Supply Fees.

 

 

Pass-Through Fees

Pass-Through fees may be increased or changed at any time. Pass-Through fees are defined as fees collected by the College from the student to pay for specific expenditures associated with program testing and background checks required by external third-party entities such as accrediting agencies or clinical/practicum sites. Vendors periodically increase their costs and this cost is passed on to the student.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All fees must be paid or satisfactory arrangements for payment must be made before a student attends class. All financial obligations must be settled before graduating, re- enrolling, or requesting a transcript. Library privileges may also be suspended if financial obligations are not met (See the semester schedule for more information).

Tuition Payment Plan

A monthly tuition payment plan is offered through SouthArk by Nelnet(FACTS) Business

Solutions. Enrolling for the FACTS monthly payment plan requires a $25 nonrefundable enrollment fee and a down payment on the student’s account at the time of enrollment. The enrollment fee and down payment will be drafted immediately from either a checking account or credit card. Payments are electronically processed on the 20th of each month throughout the student’s payment agreement. Students can register for this option by logging onto www.southark.edu through Campus Connect and follow the easy online directions.

Residency Requirements

The following policy shall be used in determining the residency classification of students. Students shall be classified as in-district, out-of-district, or out-of-state based upon their bona fide domicile. Domicile means the legal home and place of permanent living of students for all purposes, and the intention to make the domicile the permanent home must have been manifested by good faith acts. Mere physical presence alone is not sufficient evidence of domicile. The domicile is the legal residence of an individual.
The domicile and legal residence of a minor student is the same as that of:
1. The parents or surviving parent; or
2. The parent to whom custody of the minor has been awarded; or
3. The parent with whom the minor in fact makes his/her home, if there has been a separation of parents without judicial award of custody; or
4. An adoptive parent, where there has been a legal adoption, even though either or both of the natural parents are living.
A minor emancipated by the law of his/her domicile or on reaching the legal age of majority has the power which any adult has to acquire a different domicile and a different place of residing; however, his/her prior domicile or origin continues until he/she clearly establishes a new one. Marriage constitutes emancipation of minors, both male and female. For either an adult or an emancipated minor to acquire a new domicile, he/she must have permanently left his/her parental home, must have established a legal home (domicile) of permanent character other than for attendance in school, must have resided for six continuous months as a domiciliary, and must have no present definite intent of removing there from as of a certain time.
The domicile of a person is the same as that of his/her spouse as long as they live together. An out-of-state person becomes eligible for in-state or in-district tuition status for college fee purposes following marriage at such time when the spouse is, or has been, domiciled in Arkansas for six continuous months.
A student who knowingly gives erroneous information in an attempt to evade payment of out-of-district or out-of-state fees shall be subject to dismissal or other disciplinary action.

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Arkansas income taxpayers and their dependents who reside in a county or parish recognized by the Department of Higher Education for reimbursement may enroll at South Arkansas Community College and receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. To receive the out-of-district rate, students must provide the following:
1. Proof of residence in an eligible county or parish, and
2. Documentation (W-2 form or copy of Arkansas income tax form as filed) of
receipt of wages from an Arkansas employer of a minimum of $5,500 in the tax

year preceding enrollment, or
3. Official verification from an Arkansas employer of current employment at a
minimum current salary of $5,500 or
4. Documentation that the student is a dependent of a nonresident Arkansas income taxpayer who provides documentation satisfying the conditions of paragraphs (1) and either (2) or (3) above.
The institution must keep the above documentation on file in the institution for enrollment
audit purposes.
Residents of Union, Claiborne, or Webster Parish, Louisiana, who are not eligible for the Arkansas Wage Earner out-of-state tuition waiver according to the above guidelines, will be granted a waiver equal to the difference between out-of-state and out-of-district tuition rates.

REFUND OF TUITION AND FEES Institutional Refund Policy

Students desiring to withdraw from class should refer to the withdrawal section of the
catalog or the master schedule. Upon the student’s official withdrawal from class, the
college will refund tuition and qualifying fees according to the following schedules:
Regular Semester (16-Week Term) TuitionFees
Before 1st day of classes ............................................................ 100% .......... 100%
Classes in session 1 through 2 class days .................................. 95% ............. 0%
Classes in session 3 through 11 class days ................................ 75% ............. 0%
Classes in session 12 through 20 class days .............................. 50% ............. 0%
After 20th class day...................................................................... 0% .............. 0%
Long Summer (10-Week Term) TuitionFees
Before 1st day of classes ............................................................ 100% .......... 100%
Classes in session 1 class day .................................................... 95% ............. 0%
Classes in session 2 through 6 class days .................................. 75% ............. 0%
Classes in session 8 through 10 class days ................................ 50% ............. 0%
After 10th class day...................................................................... 0% .............. 0%
First and Second Summer (Five-Week Term) TuitionFees
Before 1st day of classes ............................................................ 100% .......... 100%
Classes in session 1 class day .................................................... 95% ............. 0%
Classes in session 2 through 3 class days .................................. 75% ............. 0%
Classes in session 4 through 5 class days .................................. 50% ............. 0%
After 5th class day........................................................................ 0% .............. 0%
Refund periods for irregular terms (mini-mesters) are based on the percentage of time: TuitionFees
Before the first day of classes ................................................... 100% .......... 100%
Through the first 2.5% of the enrollment period........................ 95% ............. 0%
From 2.5% through 13.75% of the enrollment period ............... 75% ............. 0%
From 13.75% through 25% of the enrollment period ................ 50% ............. 0%
Past 25% of the enrollment period.............................................. 0% .............. 0%
Administrative cancellation of a class will result in a 100% refund of tuition and fees

for the class. The enrollment period for tuition purposes shall be defined as the first day of regularly scheduled classes until the last day of class or final examinations, excluding holidays. Refunds are calculated only on hours that reduce the student’s credit load below full-time, maximum-tuition status. Refunds are calculated based on the above refund tables regardless of non-attendance.

Tuition and Fee Payments

Tuition and Fees are due by the deadline established for early registration or on the day of registration for regular or late registration. These deadlines are established to promote an orderly and efficient registration and ensure compliance with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education student census requirements.
Students who do not meet the set payment arrangement deadlines for early and/or regular registration will be dropped from current class schedule at the end of the business day.
Non-payment of any outstanding balance by the stated deadline will result in a financial hold on the account. All financial obligations must be settled before graduating, re- enrolling, or requesting an official transcript. Library privileges may also be suspended.
If a student fails to meet his/her financial obligation the college, any delinquent funds may be referred for collections or may be referred to the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State as outlined in the State Accounting Procedures Manual.
In extreme situations, the Chief Fiscal Officer is authorized to make exceptions to these
rules, within the parameters of all applicable laws and regulations.

Allocation of Refunds and Overpayments

If a student who received Title IV Assistance (other than assistance under the Federal Work Study Program) is owed a refund or if a student who received Title IV Assistance (other than assistance under the Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS, Federal SLS, Federal Direct Stafford, or Federal Direct PLUS Programs) must repay an overpayment, the institution shall allocate that refund and any overpayment collected from the student in the following order:
1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan
2. Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
3. Federal PLUS Loan
4. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
5. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
6. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
7. Federal Perkins Loan
8. Federal Pell Grants
9. Federal SEOG
10. Other assistance awarded under programs authorized by Title IV
11. Federal, State, private, or institutional assistance to the student

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