Feb 29, 2024  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog Archived

College Costs


  Full-time & Part-time Students:  
  Spartanburg and Cherokee County Residents $181 per credit hour
  Union County Residents $207 per credit hour
  Out-of-County Residents $225 per credit hour
  Out-of-State Residents $369 per credit hour
  Out-of-Country or International Residents $369 per credit hour
  Enrollment Fee (non-refundable unless the student totally withdraws during the 100% refund period)
(See “Fees and Expenses” below for other fees.)
$50 per semester

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens

South Carolina residents age 60 or over who are not employed full time are eligible for a tuition waiver. The student must meet applicable pre-requisites. Other fees, books and supplies are the responsibility of the student. Procedures for senior citizens are available in the Registrar’s Office.

Fees and Expenses

  • Application fee: A $25 non-refundable application fee is required in order to submit an application to SCC. This fee does not guarantee admission to the College. Please check the SCC website at www.sccsc.edu/admissions/apply/appfee.aspx for the most updated information.
  • Credit by examination and/or experiential learning fee: $50 per course for exam or evaluation
  • Credit/Debit Card Convenience fee: $15 per transaction
  • Distance Learning and Hybrid Distance Learning Fee: $15 per course
  • Enrollment fee: A $50 enrollment fee will be charged to each student, each term (regardless of the number of credit hours). This fee covers non-instructional support costs. This fee is non-refundable unless the student totally withdraws during the 100% refund period.
  • Lab fee: $15 per course with a required lab.
  • Late Registration fee: $75 for registration after scheduled deletion date.
  • Payment Plan Administrative fee (non-refundable): $30
  • Payment Plan Late fee: $50 per late payment
  • Returned checks fee: $25 per incident in addition to any fee charged by the bank

Updated Listing of fees

The Spartanburg County Commission for Technical & Community Education may change tuition and fees without notice. For an updated listing of current SCC fees for full-time and part-time students, visit the SCC website Tuition and Fees page at www.sccsc.edu/tuition/.

Textbooks and Supplies

Students are responsible for all book and supply costs in addition to tuition and fees. Program specific fees may be required. Books and supplies are an additional fee.

Payment of Fees

Payment Due

All tuition and fees are payable before scheduled deletion dates, or if registration occurs after the deletion date, before the first day of classes. A student may not attend class until financial obligations are resolved. All equipment, library books, and other college-owned property must be returned when due. A student’s academic award (degree, diploma, or certificate) and transcript will not be released until all fees are paid and college-owned property has been returned.

Payment Methods

The College accepts cash, first-party checks, e-checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks for payment of all fees. Students may also charge fees to American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover credit or debit cards. Credit and debit card and e-check payments may be made online via WebAdvisor. A $15 convenience fee will be added per transaction for tuition payments paid by credit or debit card. A $75 late registration fee will be assessed for registration done after scheduled deletion date.

Returned Checks

The College assesses a $25 service fee per occurrence on all checks returned by the bank for any reason. The service fee is in addition to any fee charged by the bank. Checks are not sent to the bank a second time. Dishonored checks are sent to the Magistrate for collection after fourteen days. Students will be placed on restriction from classes for non-payment. Checks will not be accepted from students who have written more than two non-sufficient checks.


Tuition may be billed to a sponsoring business. This sponsorship must be supported by a letter on company letterhead or a company purchase order and is subject to verification by the College. Sponsorship documentation must be received in the business office for each academic term.

Tuition Payment Plan

Students may apply for a tuition-only payment plan. Students must not have an outstanding debt from a prior term. Spartanburg Community College’s tuition payment plan requires a $30 non-refundable handling fee in advance, along with the first payment before the scheduled deletion date or the start of class. The remaining balance is payable in two payments on dates determined according to the academic calendar and included in the agreement.

A $50 late fee will be applied for each payment not received by the due date listed on the payment plan agreement signed by the student. The amounts of the payments and due dates of the payments are pre-determined and are not negotiable.

Financial Aid

Students may use their financial aid award(s) (excluding Federal Work Study, FWS) to pay tuition and fees and to make purchases in the Book Inn. Important dates will be printed in the SCC Student Planner & Handbook and the SCC Enrollment & Registration Guide. Students may verify that financial aid will pay tuition and fees by going to WebAdvisor in MySCC Portal to view their account under “Student Financial Information.” Students should check their account balance each semester prior to the fee payment deadline. In the event there is not enough financial aid to cover tuition and fees, the student must pay the balance by the due date.

If a student has a credit balance remaining after tuition, fees, book and/or supply expenses have been paid, a check will be mailed to him or her. Address information should be updated in the SCC records office. For convenience, quick access and safety, sign up for direct deposit. Go through MySCC Portal to WebAdvisor, select Student Financial Information then select Bank Information.

Student Refund / Term Withdrawal / Federal Return of Funds

It is the policy of Spartanburg Community College that students or sponsoring agencies/programs receive a fair and equitable refund of tuition charges if a student withdraws from a term or a full-time student reduces the number of credit hours to below 12 credit hours. Federal financial aid recipients are defined as those students who receive Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct Loans and/or aid through the TRIO Student Support Services. Institutional costs include tuition, fees and charges made in the Book Inn using federal financial aid.

I. Official Withdrawal

Official term withdrawal is defined as a student’s formal notification of his or her intent to withdraw from all courses for a term. A student’s withdrawal date is defined as the actual date the student submits information to student records to drop a course or courses. To officially withdraw from a course or courses, a student must provide official notice to student records electronically or in person.

A federal financial aid recipient who does not officially withdraw from a term is considered to be withdrawn if he or she does not complete all days he or she is scheduled to complete within a payment period or abandons all courses. The last day of academic attendance or attendance at an academically-related activity will be used for calculating the amount of aid to be returned to the federal government based on Section III, and the student will not be eligible for a refund based on the College’s refund policy as outlined in Section II.

A student is not considered to be withdrawn from a term if at the time the student drops the last class in a term he or she submits written confirmation stating he or she will attend a later start term in the same payment period (semester).

II. College Refund Policy

To receive a refund of tuition and eligible fee charges, a student must officially withdraw from the term as outlined in Section I or a full-time student must reduce the number of credit hours to below 12 credit hours during the refund period or a part-time student must reduce the number of credit hours during the refund period.

The refund percent is based on the date student records receives notification from the student. Tuition and eligible fee charges for a term will be refunded at the following rate:

Fall and Spring Terms  
Refund Percent Withdrawal or Net Reduction of Credit Hours
100% 1st - 8th calendar day of the term
0% after the 8th calendar day of the term

The number of calendar days used to calculate refunds will be pro-rated for terms that vary in length from the traditional term.

If the calculated refund dates fall on a day that the college is closed, the date will be moved forward to the next day the college is open.

A federal financial aid recipient who withdraws from a term and is eligible to receive a refund will have the refund amount applied toward the outstanding debt the student owes the College based on the return of fund procedure outlined in Section III.

Non-federal financial aid recipients who withdraw from a term will have the refund amount returned to the sponsoring agencies/programs in the following priority not to exceed the awarded amount:

  1. Private (alternative loans)
  2. Sponsorships
  3. Tuition Waivers
  4. SCC Scholarships
  5. Outside or Community Scholarships
  6. LIFE Scholarship
  7. S.C. Need Based Grant
  8. Other Aid or Assistance
  9. Lottery Tuition Assistance

Financial aid recipients who are eligible at the time of disbursement and later reduce the number of credit hours during the refund period will receive a tuition refund. A student’s satisfactory academic progress and future eligibility for financial aid programs will be based on the number of credit hours enrolled at the time of disbursement.

III. Return of Federal Financial Aid

A student’s federal financial aid eligibility must be recalculated for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of a term. A student enrolled in at least one class during the full term will have the recalculation for all classes based on the date for the full term.

The recalculation of eligibility is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:

Percent of aid earned =

Number of calendar days completed in the semester
Total number of calendar days in the semester

Federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned = (100% - percent of aid earned) X the amount of federal financial aid disbursed

The amount of aid to be returned is the responsibility of the College and the student. However, the student will be responsible for repaying the College for the amount that the College was required to return on his or her behalf less any refund that the student is eligible for under Section II. Therefore, a student who does not complete at least 60 percent of a term will owe a repayment to the College and/or the federal government for the amount of unearned federal financial aid.

A student who owes the College may not be permitted to register for a subsequent term or obtain an official academic transcript until the debt is paid. Payment should be made to the business office. A student who owes the federal government may be reported to the U.S. Department of Education and be required to provide documentation of a satisfactory payment arrangement before federal or state financial aid eligibility is restored.