McLennan strives to provide an affordable college education for any person who desires it. The college keeps tuition and fees as low as possible through funding from the State of Texas and from local taxes. In addition, qualifying students can receive financial assistance in the forms of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment.
All tuition and fees shown in this catalog are those in effect when the catalog is published and are subject to change without advance notice. Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration; registration is not complete until all tuition and fees have been paid by cash, check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or approved financial assistance.
McLennan Tuition (per semester hour)
McLennan County residents
(Minimum $212) $106
Dual Credit students in McLennan County
$70 per semester hour for tuition & fees
(Minimum $248) $124
Out-of-state residents & international students
(Minimum $385) $181
Courses Beginning at Irregular Times
Students enrolling in flexible-entry courses (those with start dates other than that of the traditional term) will be charged the same tuition and fees as students enrolling in a traditional semester.
Students may be charged a higher rate of tuition for courses repeated the third and subsequent time.
Withdrawals and Dropping Classes
When students withdraw from the college or drop a portion of their semester hour enrollment, a refund of tuition and mandatory fees shall be made in accordance with the refund schedule and other provisions shown below.
Fall and Spring Semester
Percent of Refund
Prior to the first class day ………………………………….. 100
During the first 15 class days ……………………………… 70
During the 16th through 20th class days………………….. 25
After the 20th class day …………………………………….. None
Percent of Refund
Prior to the first class day …………………………………. 100
During the first five class days ……………………………. 70
During the sixth and seventh class days ………………… 25
After the seventh class day ……………………………….. None
- Class day(s) refers to the number of days classes in general (not a particular class) have been in session.
- Mandatory fees include General Services Fee, Facilities Fee and Lab Fees.
- Optional fees are non-refundable.
Refunds for flexible-entry and non-semester-length courses with a census date other than the 12th class day (or fourth class days for a six-week summer semester) are described below:
Flexible-Entry and Non-Semester-Length Classes
(Includes Continuing Education, etc.)
Percent of Refund
Prior to the first class day - 100
After classes begin - per state - mandated schedule
Tuition refunds apply only to that portion of a student’s semester hour enrollment for which tuition has been charged and payment received. Tuition and fees paid directly to the college by a sponsor, donor, or scholarship will be refunded to the source, rather than directly to the student.
Return of Title IV Funds
Students who receive federal financial aid (Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Direct Loans, Unsubsidized Direct Loans, and PLUS Loans) and who withdraw, or are dropped from all their course work on or before 60 percent of the semester is over, will have to repay an equivalent percentage of unearned financial aid back to the financial aid program. In addition, the student will have to repay the same percentage of their tuition and fees back to the college.
This repayment will be due from all students receiving federal financial aid regardless of whether the financial aid paid for the tuition and fees. For example, a student who withdraws after completing 40 percent of the semester would be responsible for repaying 60 percent of his or her tuition and fees to the college and 60 percent of the grant aid disbursed to the student to the Department of Education.
This repayment must occur within 45 days or the college must report to the Department of Education that the student received an overpayment of federal funds. Once the student is reported, he or she becomes ineligible for further federal financial aid until the amount owed is repaid in full.
Never Began Attendance
Students who receive federal financial aid (Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Direct Loans, Unsubsidized Direct Loans and PLUS Loans) and never begin attendance in one or more of their courses as documented by the course instructor(s) will be responsible for repayment of the federal financial aid for that course or courses. If a student never begins attendance in any of his or her courses, the student will owe all financial aid funds back to the college.
Returned Checks (Student Financial Responsibilities)
A student who pays for tuition or any other registration fees/charges (including bookstore charges) with a check returned unpaid to McLennan may be dropped from enrollment. When financial insufficiency has been confirmed because of "insufficient funds," "account closed" or any other reason, regardless of the student’s class attendance, enrollment may be nullified.
The legal residence for tuition purposes of each applicant for admission to McLennan is determined in the Office of Student Admissions. It is the responsibility of the student to enroll under the proper residence classification.Questions concerning the classification of Texas residency should be directed to the Office of Student Admissions prior to registration.
Residence for tuition purposes is mandated by state law and is subject to changes by the Texas Legislature.
Generally, a resident of Texas for tuition purposes is an individual who is 18 years of age or older, who has been gainfully employed within Texas for 12 months prior to registration, or who is a dependent whose parent or guardian has been gainfully employed within Texas for 12 months prior to registration. Normally, a person 18 years of age or older who moves to Texas from another state is considered a nonresident student for tuition purposes as long as he/she remains enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
Persons in the military service and their dependents are classified as residents for tuition purposes, provided they are assigned to a duty station in Texas or maintain their Home of Record in Texas while in the military or upon discharge.
A Texas resident who resides within McLennan County will qualify as an in-county resident. A student who is a resident of Texas but who does not reside within McLennan County at the time of registration for classes will qualify as an out-of-county resident.
An international student is considered to be a nonresident for tuition purposes unless he/she holds a United States immigrant visa or a non-immigrant visa that allows the student to establish a domicile in the Unites States. These students, while eligible to establish Texas residency for tuition purposes, must meet the same rules as United States citizens to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes.
To determine the proper residency classification, applicants may be asked to provide documents that will determine that the applicant has a legal right to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes. Documentation that supports the establishment of a domicile in Texas and must be documented at least 12 months prior to the census date of the term of enrollment includes, but is not limited to:
- Gainful employment in Texas
- Title to real property in Texas
- Marriage certificate with documentation that spouse is a domiciliary of Texas
- Ownership of a business in Texas
- State or local license to conduct a business or practice a profession in Texas
- Property tax payments for the year preceding enrollment. McLennan will waive the difference in the rate of tuition for nonresident and resident applicants and their dependents who own property that is subject to ad valorem taxation by McLennan County Junior College District.
In addition to documentation to prove establishment of a domicile in Texas, students will be asked to provide at least one other document to verify that they have physically lived in Texas for 12 months prior to enrollment. These documents include, but are not limited to:
- Utility bill in Texas
- Texas college transcript or Texas high school transcript
- Texas driver's license or Texas ID
- Texas voter's registration card that has not expired
- Pay stubs showing a Texas address
- Bank statements with a Texas address
- Lease of rental property in Texas
- Current credit report with residence information in Texas
Residence Classification Appeal Procedure
The appeal process for challenging residence classification as determined by the Admission Technician will be as follows:
- Appeal to the Coordinator of Student Admissions during the semester/term in question
- The decision of the Coordinator of Student Admissions may be appealed in writing to the Director, Admissions and Recruitment within one week of receiving the appeal response from the coordinator.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Director, Admissions and Recruitment, the student may refer to the Student Grievance Policy G-XIII.
Pending a decision on an appeal, the tuition amount due the College shall be the amount established by the initial residence classification determined by the Admission Technician.
For more information about residency, including FAQs, forms and a glossary of terms, visit the residency website.
Cost of Books
Although the cost of books varies from course to course, the average cost for a full-time student is approximately $621 per semester. Because some books purchased for the fall semester are also used in the spring semester, fall semester book costs are usually greater than those for the spring semester.
Books and supplies are available at the McLennan Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Michaelis Academic Center. If books will be used the following semester and are in good condition, they may be returned to the bookstore for a partial refund.