Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. International student tuition is also available for review. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Paying for Tuition

Students in career education and general education courses can pay for their tuition in the cashier’s office with a check, credit card or cash, via phone, or online using a credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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Tuition Refund Policy

A student who has paid tuition before the quarter starts but is unable to attend the class may receive a full tuition refund. After the first day of class, Bates grants refunds as follows:

For state supported classes, tuition and fees* will be refunded upon official withdrawal by the student according to the following schedule:

  • 100% if the college cancels the class
  • 100% if by the close of the fifth instructional day of the quarter
  • 50% if by the close of the 20th instructional day of the quarter
  • 0% after the 20th instructional day of the quarter

The tuition refund policy applies to all students in state-supported programs. It is the student’s responsibility to complete a withdrawal form and submit it to the registration office. The date the withdrawal is received will be used for calculating refunds.

*Certain consumable and pass-thru fees are not refundable.

Self-Support Courses

Continuing education classes are self-supported; therefore Bates will cancel a class if there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. The refund policy for self-support classes is as follows:

  • If the college cancels the class – 100%
  • Withdrawal on or before one business day prior to the 1st class – 100%
  • Student registers but doesn’t attend – No refund

State Support of Higher Education Students

The average cost to educate a resident full-time community or technical college student for the 2015-16 academic year is $7,126. Students pay an average of $3,056 in tuition toward this cost. The remaining $4,070 is an “opportunity pathway” provided by the State and is funded by state taxes and other sources. The amounts shown are averages for a full-time, resident student. The actual tuition a student pays will vary due to credit load, residency status and other factors.

Limitation of Liability

The college’s total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss or earnings or profits.