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Tuition and Fees (Credit Courses)

The college reserves the right to change tuition or fees at any time by action of the Board of Trustees.

Current Rates

Tuition and fees are established by the college Board of Trustees. Different rates apply to residents of Mercer County, other residents of New Jersey, out-of-state residents, and non-U.S. citizens. Tuition is charged on a per credit (or credit-equivalent) hour basis.

The college reserves the right to change tuition or fees at any time by action of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for purchasing books and other class supplies.

Summer Session and Fall Semester 2024

Credit Hours Mercer Resident Non-Mercer Resident1 Out of State /
1 221.25 325.25 382.25
2 442.50 650.50 764.50
3 663.75 975.75 1146.75
4 885.00 1301.00 1529.00
5 1106.25 1626.25 1911.25
6 1327.50 1951.50 2293.50
7 1548.75 2276.75 2675.75
8 1770.00 2602.00 3058.00
9 1991.25 2927.25 3440.25
10 2212.50 3252.50 3822.50
11 2433.75 3577.75 4204.75
12 2655.00 3903.00 4587.00
13 2876.25 4228.25 4969.25
14 3097.50 4553.50 5351.50
15 3318.75 4878.75 5733.75
Figures above include a $29.75 college fee
and a $30.50 technology fee applied per credit.

Mercer County Community College reserves the right to change tuition or fees at any time.

NOTE 1: If an out-of-county resident, consider chargeback tuition support.
NOTE 2: For tuition purposes, an international student is defined as someone who is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refuge, or political asylee. The student must have a valid, unexpired INS documents and present them to the Student Records office.

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You may qualify for a tuition tax credit through the HOPE Scholarship.

Residency Requirements

In-county tuition rates apply to students who have resided in New Jersey for 12 months and maintain a permanent residence in Mercer County. The college recognizes Mercer County students in active military service as residents of the county.

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are charged out-of-state tuition and fees unless they meet certain legal guidelines.

To appeal residency status, contact Enrollment Services.

New Jersey Chargeback Program for Out-of-County Residents

New Jersey residents who live outside of Mercer County and wish to attend MCCC can apply for chargeback tuition support. Chargeback enables a student to pay in-county tuition rates. The difference in tuition will be paid by the student's home county.

Chargeback requests may be approved by the home county for the following reasons:

To apply for and be awarded a chargeback, the student must do the following:

Once approved, chargeback eligibility will not be lost if the student’s home county community college establishes the same program in which the student already is enrolled at Mercer. Nor will eligibility be lost if space becomes available at that college after the student was earlier denied registration there. Eligibility may be lost, however, if the student changes to an MCCC program also offered at their home county community college.

Students who are unable to obtain chargeback assistance from their home county may still attend Mercer but must pay out-of-county tuition rates. Out-of-state students are not eligible for chargeback assistance, and chargeback assistance does not apply to foundation courses.

Program-Sharing Agreement
Mercer and Bucks County residents can enroll in, at a reasonable cost, academic programs not offered at their home county community college. A program-sharing agreement between Mercer County Community College and Bucks County Community College enables students to take basic courses at their home institution and specialized courses to earn their degree at the other college. Students are charged out-of-county instead of out-of-state rates.


College Fee
The college fee supports student activities, athletics, student publications, identification cards, and other college expenses that benefit students.

Technology Fee
The technology fee helps to offset the cost of college technological resources that support students' learning and related services.

Registration Fees
A registration fee is charged to all credit students each semester to offset the college's registration system expenses. A late registration fee is charged for course registration after the start of each semester.

Course Fees
In addition to tuition, most courses with laboratory, studio, or clinical components and/or open lab support have special fees which cover extra costs of equipment, supplies, or instruction.

A listing of current course fees may be obtained from the Enrollment Services office on the West Windsor Campus and from the Student Services office on the James Kerney Campus.

Flight Training Fees
Fees for MCCC’s Aviation Flight Technology A.A.S. degree program vary depending upon program coursework required towards certification and licensing, and are subject to change without notice. Specifics are available from the Aviation program director in the Business & STEM division.

Payment of Financial Obligations

All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary funds before registering, or for making payment plan arrangements and/or applying for tuition waivers (see below). Additional payment assistance may be sought through the Financial Aid office.

Payments may be made online by credit card, or in person by check or cash.

Fines are charged for overdue library books (paid at the Library front desk), parking violations (paid at Student Accounts Office).

Additional information can be found in the “Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities” available at the Student Activities office.

Refund Policy

Deadlines for course refund eligibility differ according to term length, as follows:

A course dropped anytime after its applicable refund eligibility period will be processed as a withdrawal. (See withdrawal information.) No refund of tuition or fees will be made to a student who is withdrawn from a course by an instructor for non-attendance or who has been dismissed from the college for cause.

Please be aware that dropped or withdrawn classes can cause adjustments to financial aid awards, which may result in the student owing an account balance.

Tuition Waivers

Pursuant to New Jersey law, certain persons who otherwise meet course requirements are permitted to enroll in credit classes at MCCC without payment of tuition, on a space-available basis, provided tuition-paying students constitute the minimum number required to offer the class. All students are required to pay for books, course materials, and fees in excess of tuition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may not apply a waiver to and will not be reimbursed for any course registration previously paid.

National Guard
National Guard members who have completed Initial Active Duty Training and are members in good standing, or the children or surviving spouse of a member killed in the performance of their duty, may enroll for up to 15 credits per semester with tuition waived provided they:

Volunteer First Responders
Active volunteer fire, first aid, or rescue squad members in good standing, or their dependent children and spouses, may enroll in courses with a maximum $600 in tuition waived annually, not to exceed $2,400 for the member, children and spouse over a four-year period, provided they:

Local fire companies and rescue squads can provide additional information.

Persons who are presently unemployed or have been seeking full-time employment during the past two years may be eligible to enroll in classes, with tuition waived, on a space-available basis. College fees in excess of tuition must be paid at the time of registration. Expenses for textbooks and other class materials are also the student’s responsibility.

Students must have applied at for all state and federal financial aid for which they may be eligible. Forms and additional information may be found at your local unemployment offices.

Senior Citizens
Mercer County residents aged 65 or older are eligible to enroll in classes, with tuition waived, on a space-available basis after paying students have registered. College fees in excess of tuition must be paid at the time of registration. Expenses for textbooks and other class materials similarly are the student’s responsibility.

Residents of New Jersey counties other than Mercer who are 65 or older may enroll in classes on a space-available basis, paying the college’s in-county tuition rate plus applicable fees.

Eligible students must register in person, with proof of age, at either the West Windsor or James Kerney campus. Contact Enrollment Services (for credit courses) and The Center for Continuing Studies (noncredit) for further details.