Tuition & Fees

The Affordable Choice

Attending Lone Star College 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!

Credit
Hours
In-District1 Out-of-District
Texas Resident2
International/
Out-of-State3
1 $92 $162 $250
2 $152 $292 $322
3 $212 $422 $467
4 $272 $552 $612
5 $332 $682 $757
6 $392 $812 $902
7 $452 $942 $1,047
8 $512 $1,072 $1,192
9 $572 $1,202 $1,337
10 $632 $1,332 $1,482
11 $692 $1,462 $1,627
12 $752 $1,592 $1,772
13 $812 $1,722 $1,917
14 $872 $1,852 $2,062
15 $932 $1,982 $2,207
  1. 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.
  2. In-district: Includes tuition at the rate of $42 per credit hour, a $9 per credit hour technology fee, a $2 per credit hour student activity fee, a $7 per credit hour general use fee, a registration fee of $12 and a facility use fee of $20. Applies to U.S. citizens who are residents of Aldine, Conroe, Cy-Fair, Humble, Klein, Magnolia, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Tomball and Willis Independent School Districts.
  3. Out-of-district: Applies to U.S. citizens who are residents of Texas but do not reside in the college district. Includes the same tuition and fees as in-district students, plus a $70 per credit hour out-of-district fee.
  4. Out-of-state/International: Applies to all other students. By legislative action the tuition may not be less than $200 (minimum tuition). Includes the same tuition and fees as in-district students, plus an $85 per credit hour international/out-of-state fee.

Use our Net Cost Calculator

In-District

In-District Base Tuition & Fees ($60 per credit hour)

Tuition
(per credit hour)
$42
General use fee
(per credit hour)
$7
Student Activity fee
(per credit hour)
$2
Technology fee
(per credit hour)
$9
Differential tuition by Program
(per credit hour)
Varies by Program
(see chart)
Base Tuition & Fees
(per credit hour)
$60

In-District Mandatory Fees Per Semester

Registration Fee
(per semester, non-refundable)
$12
Infrastructure Fee
(Per semester. Fully online course loads do not require an infratructure fee.)
$20
First Credit Hour Tuition & Fees
(per semester)
$92
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $60

Out-of-District (Texas Resident)

Out-of-District (Texas Resident) Base Tuition & Fees ($130 per credit hour)

Tuition
(per credit hour)
$112
General use fee
(per credit hour)
$7
Student Activity fee
(per credit hour)
$2
Technology fee
(per credit hour)
$9
Differential tuition by Program
(per credit hour)
Varies by Program
(see chart)
Base Tuition & Fees
(per credit hour)
$130

Out-of-District (Texas Resident) Mandatory Fees Per Semester

Registration Fee
(per semester, non-refundable)
$12
Infrastructure Fee
(Per semester. Fully online course loads do not require an infratructure fee.)
$20
First Credit Hour Tuition & Fees
(per semester)
$162
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $130

International/Out-of-State

International/Out-of-State Base Tuition & Fees ($145 per credit hour)*

Base Tuition & Fees $200*
General use fee
(per credit hour)
$7
Student Activity fee
(per credit hour)
$2
Technology fee
(per credit hour)
$9
Differential tuition by Program
(per credit hour)
Varies by Program
(see chart)

International/Out-of-State Mandatory Fees Per Semester

Registration Fee
(per semester, non-refundable)
$12
Infrastructure Fee
(Per semester. Fully online course loads do not require an infratructure fee.)
$20
First Credit Hour Tuition & Fees
(per semester)
$250
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $145

NOTE: Due to statutory requirement, tuition is assessed at $200 for the first credit hour

How we compare

College Tuition & Fees
Based on 12 Credit hours
Lone Star College $752
University of Texas-Austin $4,969
Texas A&M University $4,252
Texas Tech University $3,905
University of Houston $4,341
Sam Houston State $3,511

Fee Schedule

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
Differential tuition by Program
(per credit hour)
Varies by Program
(see chart)
International student insurance fee See advisor
Lab fees Varies by course
Liability insurance Varies by program
Online fee
(per credit hour)
$15
Payment plan administration fee
(non-refundable)
$20
Payment plan late fee
(per past due payment occurrence)
$25
Repeat course fee*
(per credit hour)
$60
Returned check fee
(per check)
$30
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 Tuition by Program (per credit hour)

Agriculture $3
Architecture and Precision Production Trades $12
Biology, Physical Sciences and Science Technology $8
Business Management, Marketing, and
Administrative Services
$9
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
$5
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 
$8
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 LoneStar.edu/payment-plan 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 Agency Fees

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 agency fees 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 Tuition/Fee History

Year Tuition per
Credit Hour
Fee Per
Credit Hour
Additiional Fee Total for 12
Credit Hours
2008-2009 $36 $10 $12 $564
2009-2010 $38 $11 $12 $600
2010-2011 $38 $11 $12 $600
2011-2012 $40 $16 $32 $704
2012-2013 $40 $16 $32 $704
2013-2014 $40 $16 $32 $704
2014-2015 $42 $18 $32 $752

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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