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Tuition and Fees

Tuition & Fees

Tuition at Alpena Community College is based upon residence and is computed on contact hours. The total contact hours are those hours actually spent in lecture, laboratory, or recitation instruction. For example, a student who registers for BIO 114 4(3-2) is taking a 4 credit hour course which has 5 contact hours, 3 lecture and 2 lab.

2023-24 Tuition Costs(Rates are subject to change)



Out of District

Tuition Rate

$150 per contact hour*

$239 per contact hour*

300 & 400 Level Bachelor's Degree Course Tuition Rate

$325 per contact hour

$325 per contact hour

Student Services Fee

$7 per contact hour

$7 per contact hour

Facilities Maintenance Fee $6 per contact hour $6 per contact hour

Technology Fee

$6 per contact hour

$6 per contact hour

Registration Fee $30 per semester $30 per semester
Online Course Fee $30 per contact hour $30 per contact hour

In addition to the fees listed above, certain courses have additional fees. A full list of these fees can be found on the Estimated Costs of Attendance webpage. A full list of general fees can be found on the Fees webpage

Payment is by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or financial aid at the time of registration.  Online credit card payments are now accepted through the Self-Service Portal.

Cash is accepted at the Alpena Campus; however, no cash payments are accepted at the Oscoda Campus. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Tuition Refund Policy
Full refunds (100%) — A refund of all paid tuition and fees (with the exception of the registration fee) will be issued providing a Drop/Add form is processed and in the possession of the Registrar’s Office (Van Lare Hall 117) prior to 3:30 p.m. of the last day of the enrollment period of that semester, or if a miscellaneous course, prior to the end of the enrollment period of the course. The “enrollment period” is defined as: not less than 1/10th of the calendar days between and including the first day of the semester and the final exam period. This college uses a Predominant Calendar System for determining the actual enrollment period for regularly scheduled semester courses (Fall, Spring, Summer). Other individually scheduled courses have independently determined enrollment periods. The “enrollment period” starts with the first instructional day of a semester or miscellaneous course and ends when the appropriate number of calendar days has elapsed. A request for refunds with documentation of extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Vice President of Instruction.

Residency Policy
It is the intent of Alpena Community College to make every reasonable effort to correctly classify students according to their residence. In this spirit, the following regulations approved by the Board of Trustees will determine a student's residence status in one of the two categories: in-district (graduate of Alpena High School; a resident six months in the Alpena Public Schools District), or out-of-district. Tuition will be paid according to residency status. (If a question arises regarding a student's residence, it is his or her responsibility to discuss it with the Dean of Student Affairs.)


  1. No one shall be deemed a resident of the Alpena Public Schools District for the purpose of admission to Alpena Community College unless he or she has resided in this district for six months immediately preceding his or her first enrollment.
  2. No one deemed a non-resident may gain resident status for tuition purposes without first obtaining approval by the Residency Committee or its designate.
  3. The residence of minors shall follow that of their legal guardian except where guardianship has been established in the district obviously to evade non-resident tuition.
  4. Aliens who have secured the Declaration of Intent papers and have otherwise met the requirements for residence shall be considered residents.
  5. The residence of any person, other than a parent or legal guardian who may furnish funds for payment of college tuition, shall in no way affect the residence of the student.
  6. Discretion to adjust individual cases within the spirit of these regulations is vested in an officer appointed by the President of Alpena Community College who is responsible and accountable for the administration of the residency policy.

Proof of Residency 
The responsibility of proving qualified residence rests with the student. All students are subject to a check of residency status at each registration. The following documents are acceptable to the college as legitimate proof for determining residency:

  1. A valid driver's license
  2. Property tax receipts
  3. A voter's registration card
  4. A visa. (Visa presentation is required of all students classified "foreign.")

Senior Citizens Waiver
A waiver of all tuition charges will be granted to college district residents 65 years of age or older. These students will be expected to pay all other fees associated with their enrollment. The Tuition Waiver is available only to individuals residing in the college district. The waiver is available on the first day of classes each semester.

Cost of Attendance Policy
For financial aid purposes, COA is calculated by an estimate of an average student’s education expenses incurred to attend ACC for the fall and spring semesters. The total aid the student may receive from Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs and other sources (when added to the student’s EFC) can’t exceed the student’s cost of attendance.  The components of COA may not be the same for all FSA programs, as specified in the law. Please note, since ACC is supported in part by Alpena County and Michigan taxpayers, tuition is less for these residents.

There are basic costs associated with going to college; financial aid may be used for the basic costs of: Tuition and fees, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and living expenses (housing and food). Some expenses may need documentation to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Students enrolled less-than half-time or incarcerated will have less cost components to calculate the cost of attendance (COA).

A student’s 9-month (Federal Methodology), at 15 contact hours per semester, COA generally is the sum of the above.

Terms to Know

  • Tuition and fees—an amount normally assessed a student carrying the same academic workload, as determined by the institution.
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment—an allowance for books, course materials, and equipment, which must include all such costs required of all students in the same course of study, as determined by the institution.
  • Transportation—an allowance, as determined by the institution, which may include transportation between campus, residences, and place of work (such as Federal work-study off campus).
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses—an allowance, as determined by the institution, for a student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis (six or more credits).
  • Living expenses—an allowance for food and housing costs, as determined by the institution, to be incurred by the student attending the institution on at least a half-time basis (six credits or more), including:
    • A standard food allowance that provides the equivalent of three meals each day for dependent and independent students residing on or off campus without a meal plan. ACC does not offer a meal plan for students.
Please visit the Estimated Costs of Attendance webpage for information on additional costs that students may expect to incur.