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Tuition & Fees

2016-2017 Tuition & Fees

Attending Lone Star College is an affordable option for most students. LSC 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 $94 $164 $250
2 $156 $296 $326
3 $218 $428 $473
4 $280 $560 $620
5 $342 $692 $767
6 $404 $824 $914
7 $466 $952 $1,061
8 $528 $1,088 $1,208
9 $590 $1,220 $1,355
10 $652 $1,352 $1,502
11 $714 $1,484 $1,649
12 $776 $1,616 $1,796
13 $838 $1,748 $1,943
14 $900 $1,880 $2,090
15 $962 $2,012 $2,237
  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. If applicable, liability and lab fees will be assessed. Textbooks, liability and lab fees vary by program.
  2. 1 In-district: Includes tuition at the rate of $44 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. 2 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. 3 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.

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In-District

In-District Base Tuition & Fees ($62 per credit hour)

Tuition
(per credit hour)
$44
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)
$62

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 infrastructure fee.)
$20
First Credit Hour Tuition & Fees
(per semester)
$94
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $62

Out-of-District (Texas Resident)

Out-of-District (Texas Resident) Base Tuition & Fees ($132 per credit hour)

Tuition
(per credit hour)
$44

Out-of-District fee
(per credit hour)

$70
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)
$132

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 infrastructure fee.)
$20
First Credit Hour Tuition & Fees
(per semester)
$164
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $132

International/Out-of-State

International/Out-of-State Base Tuition & Fees ($147 per credit hour)*

Base Tuition & Fees $129*
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)
$147

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 infrastructure fee.)
$20
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (per credit hour) $147*
Tuition & Mandatory Fees for student enrolled in 1 credit hour.
Includes statutory required $200 minimum tuition and
other mandatory fees
$250*
Each Additional Credit Hour Per Semester $147

*NOTE: Due to statutory requirement, tuition may not be less than $200 (minimum tuition). Includes an additional out-of-state tuition fee of $85 per credit hour.

How we compare

College Tuition & Fees
Based on 12 Credit hours
Lone Star College $776
University of Texas-Austin $4,673
Texas A&M University $4,575
University of Houston $4,237
Stephen F. Austin State $3,858
Sam Houston State $3,881

Fee Schedule

Fee Name Cost
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)

Discipline 2016-2017 Fee
Agriculture $0
Architecture and Precision Production Trades $9
Biology, Physical Sciences and Science Technology $12
Business Management, Marketing, and
Administrative Services
$13
Communications $5
Computer and Information Sciences $14
Construction Trades $13
Consumer and Homemaking Education $12
Engineering $4
Engineering Related $13
English Language, Literature, Philosophy,
Humanities, and Interdisciplinary
$9
Health Occupations: Dental Asst., Medical Lab, and Assoc.Degree Nursing $15
Health Occupations-Dental Hygiene $16
Health Occupations-Other $13
Health Occupations-Respiratory Therapy $15
Health Occupations-Vocational Nursing $14
Mathematics $7
Mechanics and Repairers-Automotive $14
Mechanics and Repairers-Diesel, Aviation Mech.,
and Transport Workers 
$12
Mechanics and Repairers-Electronics $13
Physical Education and Fitness $13
Protective Services and Public Administration $13
Psychology, Social Services, and History $3
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

CHI and Massage Therapy Programs

Lone Star College currently includes the price of required books and supplies in its Tuition and Fee charges for CHI and Massage Programs. LSC provides required books and supplies below the competitive market rate and negotiates prices in the students’ best financial interest. Per law, LSC is providing students with the ability to opt-out of the way LSC purchases books and supplies, and allows students opting-out to purchase books and supplies themselves.

Students who choose to opt-out and purchase books and supplies themselves, will have their tuition reduced. Tuition will not be reduced by the amount the student purchased the books and supplies for on their own, but by the amount LSC has paid for the books and supplies. Tuition will be reduced after submitting the opt-out form to the North Harris Business Office in which a credit will be applied to the student’s account. The opt-out form will remain in effect for the entire length of the program. All forms must be turned in to the North Harris Business Office three weeks prior to classes starting.

The form can be obtained from the North Harris Business Office can be downloaded online here.

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 cancelation. This holds true only when their financial aid is in an accepted status. Pending financial aid will not protect enrollment from cancelation, 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.

LSC Tuition/Fee History

Year Tuition per
Credit Hour
Fee Per
Credit Hour
Additional 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
2015-2016 $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