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Tuition & Fees

The Affordable Choice

Attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Our tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using the chart below. If you need help footing the bill, financial aid is available to most students. And so are payment plans!

Resident of District1 Out-of-District
Texas Resident2
Out-of-State 3
1 $88 $158 $248
2 $144 $284 $314
3 $200 $410 $455
4 $256 $536 $596
5 $312 $662 $737
6 $368 $788 $878
7 $424 $914 $1,019
8 $480 $1,040 $1,160
9 $536 $1,166 $1,301
10 $592 $1,292 $1,442
11 $648 $1,418 $1,583
12 $704 $1,544 $1,724
13 $760 $1,670 $1,865
14 $816 $1,796 $2,006
15 $872 $1,922 $2,147

Note: Minimum tuition rates are set by the state legislature and are subject to change by legislative action. Student tuition and fees are subject to change by the Lone Star College System board of Trustees. Dual credit students receive a 100 percent discounted tuition rate, all other fees will be assessed at their regular rate. Textbooks and lab fees vary by program.

1, 2, & 3 Applies to all students enrolled in credit classes: Includes tuition at the rate of $40 per credit hour, a $7 per credit hour technology fee, a $2 per credit hour student activity fee, a $7 per credit hour general use fee, a non-refundable registration fee of $12, and an infrastructure fee of $20.

1 Applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are residents of Aldine, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, Klein, Magnolia, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Tomball and Willis Independent School Districts.

2 Applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are residents of Texas but do not reside in the college district. Includes an additional out-of-district tuition fee of $70 per credit hour.

3 Applies to all other students. By legislative action, the tuition may not be less than $200 (minimum tuition). Includes an additional out-of-state tuition fee of $85 per credit hour.

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How we compare

College Tuition & Fees
Based on 12 hours
Lone Star College $704
University of Texas-Austin $4,719
Texas A&M University $4,193
Texas Tech University $3,742
University of Houston $3,413
Sam Houston State $2,852

Fee Schedule (per credit hour)

Differential fee Varies (see chart)
General use fee $7
Infrastructure fee
(Per semester. fully online course loads do not require an infratructure fee.)
Student activity fee $ 2
Technology fee $ 7
ACCUPLACER ASSET, & COMPASS assessment fee ($10 per section) $29
Audit Charges equal to credit enrollment 
CLEP, Credit by Exam posting fee None
Course/Competency Challenge Exam $25
Exam proctoring fee $25
International student insurance fee See advisor
Lab fees Varies by course
Liability insurance Varies by program
Online fee
(per credit hour)
Payment plan administration fee
Payment plan late fee
(per past due payment occurrence)
Registration fee
(per semester, non-refundable)
Repeat course fee*
(per credit hour)
Returned check fee
(per check)
Textbooks (new, used, or rental) Varies by course
THEA exam $29
Transcript  $9
Specialty fees: liability insurance, uniforms,
supplies, etc. 
By program
Specialty fees: Portfolio evaluations $60

* Most courses repeated 3 or more times will be assessed an additional fee per credit hour.

Differential Fee by Program

Agriculture $3
Architecture and Precision Production Trades $12
Biology, Physical Sciences and Science Technology $8
Business Management, Marketing, and
Administrative Services
Career Pilot $12
Communications $9
Computer and Information Sciences $10
Construction Trades $9
Consumer and Homemaking Education $8
Engineering Related $9
English Language, Literature, Philosophy,
Humanities, and Interdisciplinary
Health Occupations: Dental Asst., Medical Lab, and Assoc.Degree Nursing $11
Health Occupations-Dental Hygiene $12
Health Occupations-Other $9
Health Occupations-Respiratory Therapy $11
Health Occupations-Vocational Nursing $10
Mathematics $3
Mechanics and Repairers-Automotive $10
Mechanics and Repairers-Diesel, Aviation Mech.,
and Transport Workers 
Mechanics and Repairers-Electronics $9
Physical Education and Fitness $9
Protective Services and Public Administration $9
Visual and Performing Arts $10

Private Music Instruction

Applied Music (MUAP) Fees per Semester:
One 1/2 hour lesson per week - $90/semester
Two 1/2 hour lessons per week - $165/semester

Payment Plans

Payment plans must be obtained through myLoneStar and are available prior to the payment deadline for registration. Visit for information relating to the payment plan offered.

Students whose financial aid for the current semester exceeds the cost of their tuition and fees will not have to set up a payment plan. Their enrollment will be protected from cancellation. This holds true only when their financial aid is in an accepted status. Pending financial aid will not protect enrollment from cancellation, therefore you must make other financial arrangements to protect your enrollment. If you are unsure of the current status of your financial aid, then contact a representative from your financial aid office.

Collection Costs

If financial obligations are not paid in full by their due dates, these debts may be referred to an outside collection agency and to the appropriate credit bureaus. Resulting collection costs may be added to the original debt and the student must pay these costs, as well as applicable interest and fees. Furthermore, all unpaid obligations will result in holds placed on student records affecting the issuance of diplomas and transcripts, and will prevent future registration activity.

If you have any questions regarding costs or payment, please contact a college business office.

LSCS Business Office Contact Information

For business office hours, contacts, and phone numbers, visit LSC Business & Bursar Offices

Ask a Financial Aid Question

Contact the Financial Aid Contact Center by visiting their website, or contact them:
Phone: 281.290.2700
Toll-Free: 855.290.2700
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