Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees Policy

The financial requirements of the College, changing costs, state and legislative action, and other circumstances may require adjustments in the tuition and fees stated. The College reserves the right to make such adjustments in these charges as may from time to time be required by the Department of Higher Education or the Board of Trustees. All obligations to the College must be paid prior to the beginning of classes each semester.

The full-time tuition and fees listed below are based upon 30 credit hours of enrollment per year.

Tuition and Fees SchedulePDF document (effective Fall 2013)

Full-time Tuition and Fees (per year)*
Effective Fall 2013

Massachusetts residents$5,010


Part-time Tuition and Fees (per credit hour)*

Massachusetts residents$167.00

*Tuition and Fees are subject to change by vote of the Department of Higher Education and/or the Cape Cod Community College Board of Trustees.

Other Fees

Past due accounts are referred to collection agencies and to the State for tax intercept. Past due accounts will be charged legal fees, plus collection company fees and other costs. Collection costs can be as high as 40% of the past due balance.

Tuition Waivers

If you are a Massachusetts resident you may be eligible for tuition waivers if you are:

  • sixty years of age or older
  • a Native American
  • a client of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or the Commission for the Blind
  • an active duty service person
  • a Veteran of the U. S. military
  • an adopted or former foster child through the Department of Social Services (until age 24)
  • a recipient of either the Adams Scholarship or the Stanley Koplik Certificate of Mastery for MCAS achievement
  • a surviving child or spouse of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.

Tuition waivers cover the amount of tuition only, which is approximately 15% of the class price. Recipients are responsible for all remaining class fees. Specific guidelines for waivers are described under Eligibility Requirements. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Veteran's Benefits

Cape Cod Community College welcomes and appreciates our veterans. CCCC has VA approval for educational training of veterans and their dependents.

The Veterans Affairs Office is part of the Financial Aid Office. Veterans receive assistance in obtaining educational benefits such as tuition waivers and monthly GI Bill education payments. The office provides application materials, contact information, and certifies enrollment. If a veteran has earned college credits at other institutions, the Registrar's Office evaluates all transcripts, CLEP and DANTES test results promptly to facilitate class selection.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides its Veterans, National Guard members, and Active Duty military stationed in Massachusetts with tuition waivers. For Veterans and Active Duty military, the waiver is approximately a 15% discount on each class. MA National Guard members may receive full tuition and fee coverage.

Under the Montomery GI Bill, many veterans receive financial assistance through the VA. Assistance may be in the form of tuition, fees, books, and monthly living stipends. The amount varies with each veteran's situation and with the number of credits per term. Spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans may also qualify for monthly education payments. The College also participates in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program.

The VA provides an online application for benefits at Veterans should apply for a degree or certificate program through the Admissions Office. Once registered, the Financial Aid Office will certify and monitor enrollment.

For more information, please visit our Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of the Nickerson Administration building, or call (508) 362-2131 x4393.

Massachusetts National Guard Reimbursements

If you serve in the Massachusetts National Guard, you are eligible for 100% tuition and fee reimbursement. Request a Certificate of Eligibility online at, then submit it to the College's Financial Aid Office.

Disclosure of Cost and Price to Students

Students who attend Cape Cod Community College and other public higher education institutions receive a generous subsidy of their cost of education through state appropriation. This state support significantly reduces the cost of tuition and fees. Additionally, many needy students receive financial aid awards to further reduce their costs.

The following is an example of the net expense for a Massachusetts resident taking 30 credit hours at Cape Cod Community College over two semesters beginning Fall 2013. Individual costs will vary depending on each student's particular circumstance.


 Full Operating Cost per Student (estimate)$11,546 
- State Operating Subsidy (estimate)- 6,456
Tuition and Mandatory Fees$5,090
- Student Financial Aid (average)- 2,617
Net Student Cost$2,473

In addition to the state subsidy and student financial aid, many students will benefit from federal income tax credits for tuition paid. Tax credits are based on the tuition and fees not paid by grants, scholarships, or waivers. Tax credit amounts cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees. The 2013 federal tax credit limits are $2500 American Opportunity Tax Credit, $2000 Lifetime Learning, and $4000 Tuition and Fees Deduction. Tax credits do not reduce the initial cost to attend college, but are instead a reimbursement of tuition paid.

Student financial aid in this illustration includes all federal and state grants and tuition waivers that may be applied directly to the College's tuition and fees. Tuition and fees reflect the cost of the courses; it does not include health insurance or other miscellaneous fees.

Questions regarding Cape Cod Community College's cost and financial aid should be addressed to the Business Office and/or Financial Aid Office.

Tuition Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from classes may be due a refund of all or a portion of their tuition and fees. Please check with the College Business Office regarding the status of your account. Full refund of tuition is usually allowed before classes start and a prorated refund after the beginning of the semester. Additional refund information can be obtained from the Business Office - see Tuition Refund Policy. Financial aid funds will be paid based on the number of days enrolled. Withdrawing during the first nine weeks of the semester will impact the amount of funds available to pay tuition and fees.