Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

Tuition and Fees Information

Gaston College, supported by the taxpayers of North Carolina, Gaston County and Lincoln County, maintains modest instructional and general fees, which are subject to change by the state of North Carolina and the Board of Trustees of Gaston College.

Tuition rates are subject to change by the North Carolina legislature.

Please visit the Business Office webpage for payment, refund, collection and transcript policies.

Cost to Attend - Curriculum

Gaston College Tuition* and Fee amounts for the 2024-25 academic year are listed below:


Credit Hours In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition
1 76.00 268.00
2 152.00 536.00
3 228.00 804.00
4 304.00 1072.00
5 380.00 1340.00
6 456.00 1608.00
7 532.00 1876.00
8 608.00 2144.00
9 684.00 2412.00
10 760.00 2680.00
11 836.00 2948.00
12 912.00 3216.00
13 988.00 3484.00
14 1064.00 3752.00
15 1140.00 4020.00
16+ 1216.00 4288.00

The maximum instructional fee for residents of North Carolina is $1,216 per semester for 16 or more credit hours.

The maximum instructional fee for out-of-state residents is $4,288 per semester for 16 or more credit hours.

*Tuition rates are subject to change by the North Carolina legislature.

Curriculum Fees - Student Fees

Campus Access/Security Fee $100.00 per semester
Lab and Clinical Fees $6.00   per lab hour - Level 1
$12.00 per lab hour - Level 2
$18.00 per lab hour - Level 3
$24.00 per lab hour - Level 4
Student Success Fee $15.00 per semester
Graduation Fee/Life Skills $25.00
Student Activity Fee $35.00 per term (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Student Assistance and Accident Insurance Fee - Curriculum $4.00 per term
College Now (Career & College Promise) Fee $15.00 per term
Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) $20.00 to $25.00 per test (Pass through fee)
Official Student Transcript Fee $7.00 each
Proctored Tests for Non-student Examinees $20.00
TEAS Testing Fee1 $70.00 (Pass through fee)
Malpractice Insurance (Health Services/EMS Students) $13.00 (Pass through fee)
Returned Check Fee $25.00
Parking Violation Fine (Paid to Civil Penalty Forfeiture Fund) $5.00 (pass through fee)
Technology Fee $48.00 per semester
1098T (Pass through Fee of Penalty from IRS) $100.00 (pass through fee)
BLET - Curriculum $30.00 one-time fee

1TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) measures reading comprehension, English skills (such as grammar and punctuation, basic math skills, and science knowledge). It is used as an admissions test for the RN, LPN-RN, Medical Assisting, and Vet Tech programs.

Cost to Attend - Economic and Workforce Development / Continuing Education Courses

Tuition and fees:
Continuing Education Occupational courses (state supported) vary, based upon the actual total hours of the course.

In addition to tuition, on-campus Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education classes are assessed a Usage Fee.

Please contact ConEd@gaston.edu or call 704.922.2244 for specific costs in each course.

Credit Hours Tuition Fee Usage Fee
1-24 $70.00 $2 per course
25-50 $125.00 $4 per course
51+ $180.00 $6 per course

Additional Fees:

Technology Fee $5 per course
Accident Insurance Fee $1 per course

Receipt supported (self-supporting) courses are individually priced.

Fee Explanations

Campus Access Fee - This supports the costs associated with campus safety and security, maintaining the college’s parking facilities and security of college property, remote notification, enhancements of access to college facilities, public safety infrastructure, and internet/infrastructure/course delivery. 

Lab and Clinical Fees - This covers the necessary supplies and equipment used in some courses or provides simulations for online courses with labs. 

Required specific fees - This supports program-related costs for tools, uniforms, malpractice insurance, certification/licensure fees, e-text, lab and other consumable supplies 

Student Activity Fee - This supports student government associations, student clubs and organizations, student life, enrichment and social activities, student identification cards, student athletics and capital improvement projects constructed for student activities. 

Student Assistance and Accident Insurance Fee - This supports Student Outreach Services and may also be used for student accident insurance in the event a student gets injured on campus or at a campus activity. 

Student Success - This supports graduation-related costs and student success initiatives. 

Technology Fee - This supports student access to all instructional technology such as hardware (including printing) as well as the support positions necessary to operate, maintain, and repair this technology. 

Other Fees - Depending on the program of study, other, specific fees may be applicable to support goods or services that are not required for enrolment such as those related to transcripts, optional assessment, library/equipment replacement, graduation, specific program insurance, or specific events and activities.  

State Board Code Fee Reference 

State Board Code 

Fee Type 

1E SBCCC 700.2 

Student Activity Fees 

1E SBCCC 700.3 

Instructional Technology Fees 

1E SBCCC 700.4 

College Access, Parking and Security Fees 

1E SBCCC 700.5 

Required Specific Fees 

1E SBCCC 700.6 

Other Fees 

Right To Change Fees

All College fees are subject to change without notice.

Payments for Tuition and Fees

Payments for tuition and fees are due to the Business Office and must be received by the stated deadline (day and time) on the academic calendar each semester. If you register during late registration, tuition and fee payments are due that day. Failure to pay by the stated deadline may result in your classes being dropped. If you register for late start classes after the last payment deadline, you may not be dropped for nonpayment. It is ultimately your responsibility to drop classes that you do not want to take. Please note that if you are not dropped from a class, you will be responsible for payment and will owe money to the College.

Tuition Exceptions

College Now (Career and College Promise):

Students enrolled in High School who are taking College courses (dual enrollment students) pay no tuition for state-funded courses, except for continuing education classes.

Resident Status for Tuition Payments

Students who are not North Carolina residents pay out-of-state tuition for credit (degree) classes. A student’s official residency status is determined at the time they complete the admissions application according to the residency policy of the state of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, and the Gaston College Board of Trustees. In order for a student to be considered a legal resident for tuition purposes, the applicant’s residency must be established and maintained in North Carolina for at least 12 months preceding the date of enrollment. Immigrants lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence may establish North Carolina residence in the same manner as any other non-resident.

All applicants to Gaston College will be required to supply a Residency Certification Number upon application to the College. Applicants can acquire a Residency Certification Number by completing a residency application interview with the Residency Determination Service. An applicant’s residency determination is based on the Residency Determination Service interview and will be used as the student’s residency classification for Gaston College.

The legal residence of a person under 18 years of age is that of his or her parents, surviving parent, or legal guardian. In cases where parents are divorced or legally separated, the minor’s domicile is deemed to be North Carolina for the time period that either parent, as a North Carolina legal resident, claims the minor as a taxable dependent.

A change of address does not automatically entitle a student to pay the same tuition as a North Carolina resident. A request to change one’s residency status should be submitted to the Residency Determination Service. Students must disclose any change in residency to the Office of Admissions. More information on residency requirements may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Refund Policy (updated 11/8/19)


A 100% refund of tuition may be given if the student officially drops a class prior to the first official day of the term or the day before a short term class (late start) begins. A 75% refund of tuition may be given if the student officially drops a class prior to or on the 10% point of the term or the short term (late start) class. The drop deadlines are published on the student academic calendar. No refunds will be given after the 10% date. If a course is cancelled, refunds are automatically processed.

All paperwork for the drop must be processed before the drop date. The drop date is published each semester on the Gaston College website. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure they are officially dropped from classes. If a course fails to materialize, refunds are automatically processed. The refund policy is subject to change. Refunds are not granted after the 10% point. Refunds of tuition will be issued in accordance with the current state and college policy. Refund checks will be mailed within 30 days after the last drop-add day.

Regardless of when the student officially drops/withdraws, the student is still responsible for any fees and/or balance remaining on your account.

Economic and Workforce Development / Continuing Education Courses

If a student officially drops from a state-supported class or classes before the 10 percent date of the class(es), a 75 percent tuition refund will be given for the class(es) dropped. A 100% refund will be made if the student withdraws from the class prior to the class start date. No refunds will be given after the 10 percent date. If a course fails to materialize, refunds are automatically processed. (The refund policy is subject to change. Refunds of tuition will be issued in accordance with the current state and college policy. Refund checks will be mailed within six weeks of class cancellation or notification of drop from the class.)

Textbook Inclusion Fees

If students drop a course with textbook inclusion fees, full refunds will be given ten calendar days from the start of the class. Students must request a refund of these fees with the Records and Registration Office by calling 704.922.6232. This refund policy excludes Cengage Unlimited as this is a subscription fee not associated with one particular course or textbook.

Students called to active military duty may be allowed special provisions for refunds. Contact the Records and Registration Office at 704-922-6232 or gcregistrar@gaston.edu for Active Duty Provisions.

Accident Insurance

Gaston College provides accident insurance coverage for students in case of injury on Gaston College campuses or in a College-related activity.

Student Accident Insurance provides coverage to all registered and enrolled curriculum and continuing education students for covered injuries sustained while the insured student is:

  • Participating in activities sponsored and supervised by the school except for play and/or practice of intercollegiate sports;
  • Traveling during such activities as a member of a group in transportation furnished or arranged by the school; or
  • Traveling directly to or from the insured’s home premises and the site of such activities.

This coverage is secondary coverage and applies only after the claim has been reviewed by the student’s primary insurance provider.

For information concerning coverages, benefits, exclusions and definitions, please refer to the Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure, available in Student Affairs or on the College website under “Student Resources” and “Business Office.”

To file a student accident insurance claim, the student must do the following:

  1. Obtain a copy of the Incident Report from the Campus Police Department as soon as reasonably possible.
  2. Complete the Student Claim Form in its entirety.  The claim form is available from the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance, Operations and Facilities (Beam Administration Building Room 115, telephone 704.922.6406).
  3. The student should make a copy of the Accident Report and Claim form for their records.
  4. Return both forms to the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance, Operations and Facilities for the claim to be submitted.
  5. The student is responsible for submitting all medical bills to the insurance carrier. Information for the carrier is provided on the claim form.

These are time sensitive documents. Please verify the forms are complete and accurate prior to submitting.

Student Outreach Services (SOS)

Student Outreach Services (SOS) provides coverage to all registered and enrolled curriculum and qualifying continuing education students and is very similar to an Employee Assistance Program. SOS provides students with access to clinicians that can assist with personal or academic-related challenges and concerns. Each eligible student is eligible for nine (9) counseling sessions per incident per year.