Expenses (Tuition & Fees)

Asheboro and Randolph County area Curriculum students who commute to Randolph Community College may expect to spend an average of $3,200 per year for tuition, books, and supplies, depending on the major selected.

  • Books and supplies will be more costly in majors like Advertising & Graphic Design, Associate Degree Nursing, Cosmetology, Interior Design, and Photographic Technology.
  • Lab fees are an additional expense.
  • Transportation is an additional expense.
  • Certain students must consider off-campus room and board and personal expenses in addition to the above.
  • Students in this category could expect a substantial difference in expense.
  • Students are advised to contact the Admissions Office for specific College expenses.

Tuition & Activity Fees for Curriculum Programs

Please note: The North Carolina General Assembly sets tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state residents. They are subject to change by the General Assembly without notice. Fees are established by state legislative action and/or State Board action and/or RCC Board action and are subject to change.

Semester Hours


1 through 15   $76.00/Credit Hour
  16 and up   $1,216.00/Semester


1 through 15   $268.00/Credit Hour
  16 and up   $4,288.00/Semester
      (effective Spring 2016 Semester)

*Activity Fee – $1.75 per credit hour ($28.00 maximum per semester)
Technology Fee – $1.00 per credit hour ($16.00 maximum per semester)
Parking Fee - $5 parking fee per semester
Graduation Fee - $5 per semester
Lab Fees - Dependent on course(s)

*Activity fees for the summer session will be one half the normal charge, up to 12 credit hours ($9 maximum).

Books & Supplies for Curriculum Programs

The cost for books and supplies will vary according to programs. Equipment costs will be presented at the time of the admissions interview. Click here for a list of estimated expenses per program area (pdf).

Institutional Refund Policy*

*NOTE: The college refund policy is established by state and legislative action and is subject to change without prior notice to students.


A 75 percent tuition refund may be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the class prior to or on the official 10 percent point of the course. Activity fees are nonrefundable except when a course fails to materialize. The student should initiate the withdrawal process by contacting their faculty advisor. A student may receive a full refund if he/she officially withdraws from a class before the first day of classes for the semester or if a class is cancelled by the College.

No refunds will be made after the 10 percent point of the course, even though the student may not have attended classes up to that point. Exception: A statutory refund calculation is required if the student received student financial aid funds and the student withdrew on or before the 60 percent point of the enrollment period for which he/she was charged.

Refunds on behalf of student financial aid recipients must be distributed in the following order:

  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  3. Other student financial aid programs
  4. Other Federal, State, private, or institutional sources of aid
  5. The student

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Every applicant to the College is asked questions regarding his/her legal residency for tuition purposes. From the answer to these questions on the application, the College classifies a student as a resident or as a nonresident for tuition purposes.

The definition of a resident for tuition purposes is set by North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1).

The burden remains on the student to prove residency status and to initiate and complete the process of changing residency status. In-state tuition cannot be granted prior to the date that the application to change residency status was approved and prior to the first day of the semester. Students who desire to apply for a change of residency classification should complete and submit the residency application located here (pdf).

Institutional Appeal Procedure Relative to Residency Classifications for Tuition Purposes

A student wishing to appeal shall file written notice, which must contain a simple declaration of intent and must be personally signed by the student.

The written notice must be submitted and received by the vice president for student services no later than 10 working days after the director of the student success center’s decision and prior to the first day of the semester.

The vice president for student services shall hear and decide the appeal. The student may provide any new evidence or documentation.

The student will be notified of the decision in writing within 10 working days of the date of decision and prior to the first day of the semester.


Regulations concerning the classification of students for residentiary purposes are set forth in detail in North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1) and in A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes. Copies of the Manual are available for review at the Randolph Community College library or from the vice president for student services.

Notice of Pending Change
Effective on or after October 1, 2016, all applicants’ residency for tuition purposes will be decided by the resident determination system to include, but not limited to, initial classifications, re-classifications, and appeals.

Debts to the College

Students are not permitted to default in the payment of fees, fines, loans, or other financial obligations due the College. All tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. Students having checks returned for insufficient funds may be required to make payments on a cash basis. There is a $25 fee for all checks returned due to insufficient funds. Students with unpaid financial obligations to the school and/or incomplete admission applications will not be permitted to register for the upcoming semester until all obligations are met. Grades, transcripts, and diplomas will not be released until all obligations are met.