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Fee Current Beginning Fall 2013 Occurence
Application Fee $20.00 $20.00 One time, non-refundable
Tuition    
 Degree/Diploma/Cerfiticate  Programs $85.00 $85.00 per credit hour
       
 Commercial Truck Driving $125.00 $125.00 per credit hour
Registration Fee $40.00 $50.00 per term
Instructional Technology Fee $55.00 $105.00 per term
Special Instructional Fee 50.00 $50.00 per term
Liability Insurance     per term
 Health Occupations &  Cosmetology  Programs $3.15 $3.15  
 EMT $19.75 $19.75  
 Paramedic Technology $13.25 $13.25  
 ECCE & BioMedical Internship $9.50 $9.50  
Accident Insurance $3.25 $4.00 per term
(no charge for online only)
Student Activity Fee $24.00 $35.00 per term
(no charge for online only)
Welding Program Lab Fee $45.00 $45.00 per term
Course Lab Fee $30.00 $30.00 per term
Commercial Truck Driving Fee (fuel surcharge, etc.) $185.00 $185.00 per term
Late Registration Fee $45.00 $45.00 per term
Academic Credit By Exam Fee 25% of tuition 25% of tuition Cannot be paid by financial aid
ID Replacement Fee $5.00 $5.00 each
Retest Fee $15.00 $15.00 each
Commencement Ceremony Participation Fee $35.00 $35.00 per ceremony
Diploma Replacement Fee $25.00 $25.00 each
Certificate Replacement Fee     each
Parking/Facilities/Decal Fee $15.00 $15.00 per term
Parking Decal Replacement Fee $5.00 $5.00 each
Transcripts $5.00 $5.00 each
Express Transcript Fee $15.00 $15.00 each
Returned Check Fee $30.00 $30.00 per occurrence

Fees are subject to change without notice.
Some specialized programs have a different fee structure.
*Students enrolled only in online classes are not charged Activity or Accident Insurance fees.

Distance Education Fees

No additional fees are charged to students taking distance education courses, including verification of student identity.

In State Tuition

Students applying for in state tuition must submit at least one secure and verifiable document defined in Georgia Code Section 50-36-2.  The Georgia Code Sections can be found at www.georgia.gov.

Out-of-State Fees

Out-of-state tuition is twice that of in-state tuition. Activity and registration fees are the same.

Non-Citizen Tuition and Fees

Non-citizen tuition is four times that of in-state tuition. Activity and registration fees are the same.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:

  • A current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current Driver’s License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will accept the following:

  • Alabama:  Issued after August 1, 2000
  • Florida:  Issued after January 1, 2010 AND have a gold star in the upper right hand corner.
  • South Carolina: Issued after November 1, 2008 
  • Tennessee:  Issued after May 29, 2004.
  • A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year. 
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
  • A current, valid military identification card for active duty soldiers or veterans.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).

Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in TCSG Board Policy and Procedure V.B.3 to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.

Instructional Technology Fee

The Instructional Technology fee will be deducted from any PELL Award. If the student is ineligible for financial aid, the student will have to pay all tuition and fees. 

Student Activity Fee

A student activity fee is charged each term to each student taking credit courses at OTC. The fee is non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Activity fees are used to promote the interests of the following college organizations: Student Government Association, SkillsUSA, PBL, National Technical Honor Society, and Horticulture Club. Activity fees are also used to cover some of the costs of graduation, including flowers and photographs; GOAL activities; and day and evening student activities/appreciation gifts.

Professional Liability Insurance

All Allied Health, Cosmetology, ECCE, and Biomedical students are required to obtain professional and personal liability insurance for coverage in the internship and clinical education and training areas that are a required part of these programs.

Textbooks, Supplies and Uniforms

Students are required to have books, tools, uniforms, safety gear and other equipment appropriate to the program of study. All required books and many of the students’ other needs may be purchased in the campus bookstore.

Program Fees

Students in certain occupational programs are subject to clinical or lab fees. Program-specific fees must be paid at the Cashier’s Office

Late Registration

Late registration will be allowed for students accepted prior to the beginning of the term who do not register and pay fees prior to the close of Open Registration on a space-available basis. An additional fee will be charged for late registration. Late registration begins at the close of Open Registration and continues through the first three business days of the term.

Fee Payment

All payments to the college are to be made at the Cashier’s Office or online via BannerWeb. An official college receipt will be issued for any money that is taken. Cash, check, money order, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted. Payments may be made during regular business hours at the Cashier’s Office and at any time via BannerWeb.

Personal Checks

Personal checks shall be accepted with proper identification by the college for fees, tuition, services, and bookstore items. When a bank refuses to honor such a personal check, the college shall charge a service fee to the person who presented the check. This service fee may not exceed $30 or 5% of the face value of the check, whichever is greater, plus the amount of any fee charged to the college by the bank.

Students shall be notified by mail of a dishonored check and given ten (10) days to satisfy this debt. If payment to the college in the form of cash, postal money order, or cashier's check is not made within ten (10) days, the college shall place an "administrative  hold" on the student's accounts and records. Until the "administrative  hold" is cleared, the student shall not be issued quarterly grade reports, transcripts, or any other student records, or allowed to register, graduate or receive college services. If the dishonored check was for tuition, the college may also administratively drop or withdraw the student from class(es).

Due diligence in collection activities will be practiced by the college, up to and including referral to court and/or collection agencies, as deemed appropriate.

Financial Obligations

Students who are delinquent in the payment of any financial obligation(s) will have their account placed on “Hold” and will not be allowed to register until all delinquent fees are paid. In addition, students will not be allowed to access grade reports, transcripts, or other student records until all delinquent fees are paid.  Students may incur additional fees if debt collection is turned over to a collection agency.

Refund Policy

The following guidelines apply to refunds of tuition and fees:

Credit Courses

  • All tuition and fees, excluding the application fee, shall be refunded if a student does not commence class attendance.
  • Students who attend class but formally withdraw from a course by the end of the third instructional/business day of the term will receive no grade for the course and will receive 100% refund of applicable tuition and fees. Financial Aid Awards will be adjusted accordingly.* Exceptions may be allowed for customized courses that do not follow the OTC standard academic calendar.
  • Students who have commenced class attendance and withdraw from a course after the end of the third instructional/business day of the term shall receive a grade of ‘W’,‘WP, or ‘WF’ and shall receive no refund of tuition and fees.

*For those students receiving federal financial aid, OTC shall make available consumer Information that may be found at www.ifap.ed.gov under the appropriate aid year’s Handbook. Although there will be no refund of tuition and fees after the third instructional/business day, withdrawing students receiving Federal Pell Grant will have awards adjusted in compliance with the Return to Title IV process (R2T4) outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook. Reduction of financial aid due to withdrawal may result in the student’s incurring a financial liability to the college.

Non-Credit Courses

  • Persons enrolled in non-credit courses that are canceled due to insufficient enrollment at the discretion of the school will receive a 100% refund of all fees.
  • Persons providing written notification to the Economic Development Department at least 48 hours prior to the beginning of a course will receive a 100% refund of all fees.
  • No refunds will be made after the course begins without written approval of the Vice President for Economic Development.

Bookstore

  • No refund shall be made for expendable supplies and equipment (i.e., cosmetology kits, diskettes, tools, book bags and totes, clothing, etc.)
  • Full refunds shall be made for books and eligible bookstore items that are returned within 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase in new, resalable condition with no marks, no writing. Items must be unsoiled and accompanied by the original receipt.

National Emergencies

  • All tuition and fees will be refunded to any student who is required to withdraw from courses as a result of being called into active duty.
  • All tuition and fees will be refunded to any student required to relocate in response to a national emergency.

Special Conditions

  • No refund of tuition and fees shall be made to any student who has commenced attendance and does not formally withdraw, is suspended for disciplinary reasons, or leaves the college as a result of disciplinary action.
  • No refund of tuition and fees shall be made for reducing course load after the first three instructional/business days of the term unless the institution is at fault.
  • A refund of all required charges (tuition, non-resident fee, and student activity fee) shall be made in the event of the death of a student at any time during the term.

Disbursement

  • Refunds shall be made without requiring a request from the student.
  • Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the last day of attendance if written notification of withdrawal has been provided to the college by the student.
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