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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 and payment plans are available to most students.

In-District1 Out-of-District
Texas Resident2
1 $90 $202 $257
2 $180 $404 $514
3 $270 $606 $771
4 $360 $808 $1,028
5 $450 $1,010 $1,285
6 $540 $1,212 $1,542
7 $630 $1,414 $1,799
8 $720 $1,616 $2,056
9 $810 $1,818 $2,313
10 $900 $2,020 $2,570
11 $990 $2,222 $2,827
12 $1,080 $2,424 $3,084
13 $1,170 $2,626 $3,341
14 $1,260 $2,828 $3,598
15 $1,350 $3,030 $3,855
16 $1,440 $3,232 $4,112
17 $1,530 $3,434 $4,369
18 $1,620 $3,636 $4,626
19 $1,710 $3,838 $4,883
20 $1,800 $4,040 $5,140

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 courses taught off-site will not be assessed a lab fee. Textbooks and lab fees vary by program.

  1. Applies to all students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Aldine, Conroe, CypressFairbanks, Humble, Klein, Magnolia, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Tomball and Willis Independent School Districts and are enrolled in credit classes. Students are charged an in-district tuition rate of $88 per credit hour and a *$2 per credit hour student activity fee.
  2. Applies to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are residents of Texas but do not reside in the college district. Includes an out-of-district tuition rate of $200 per credit hour and a *$2 per credit hour student activity fee.
  3. Applies to all other students. Includes an out-of-state tuition rate of $255 per credit hour and a *$2 per credit hour student activity fee.

Lone Star College will no longer charge differential tuition by program beginning Fall 2020
* Lone Star College will waive the $2 per credit hour student activity fee for the Fall 2021 semester.

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In-District Base Tuition & Fees ($90 per credit hour)

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Out-of-District (Texas Resident)

Out-of-District (Texas Resident) Base Tuition & Fees ($202 per credit hour)

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Student Activity fee
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International/Out-of-State Base Tuition & Fees ($257 per credit hour)

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How we compare

College Tuition & Fees
Based on 12 Credit hours
Lone Star College $1,200
University of Texas-Austin $5,291
Texas A&M University $5,425
University of Houston $4,237
Stephen F. Austin State $4,217
Sam Houston State $4,268

Fee Schedule

Fee Name Cost
($6 per section)
Audit Charges equal to credit enrollment
CLEP, Credit by Exam posting fee $15
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
Payment plan administration fee
Payment plan late fee
(per past due payment occurrence)
Repeat course fee*
(per credit hour)
Returned check fee
(per check)
(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.

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 studentsí 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 LSC-North Harris Business Office in which a credit will be applied to the studentís account. The opt-out form will remain in effect for the entire length of the program. All forms must be turned in to the LSC-North Harris Business Office three weeks prior to classes starting.

The form can be obtained from the LSC-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 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, not to exceed 30% of an account balance, may be added to the original debt. The student must pay these costs, as well as applicable interest, litigation costs or attorney 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 6
Credit Hours

Total for 12
Credit Hours

2010-2011 $38.00 $16.00 $12.00 $336.00 $660.00
2011-2012 $40.00 $30.50 $32.00 $455.00 $878.00
2012-2013 $40.00 $30.50 $32.00 $455.00 $878.00
2013-2014 $40.00 $30.50 $32.00 $455.00 $878.00
2014-2015 $42.00 $30.50 $32.00 $485.00 $938.00
2015-2016 $42.00 $33.50 $32.00 $485.00 $938.00
2016-2017 $44.00 $33.50 $32.00 $518.00 $1,004.00
2017-2018 $44.00 $37.00 $32.00 $518.00 $1,004.00
2018-2019 $44.00 $37.00 $32.00 $518.00 $1,004.00
2019-2020 $49.00 $37.00 $34.00 $550.00 $1,066.00
2020-2021 $88.00 $2.00 $0.00 $540.00 $1,080.00
2021-2022 $88.00 $2.00 $0.00 $540.00 $1,080.00

* Please note the fee per credit hour for the 2020 academic year and prior years in the table above have been updated to include the average differential fee and distance learning fee charged to students per credit hour. This change was made to allow a more accurate comparison of prior years to the current simplified tuition structure, which has collapsed most mandatory fees into tuition.

LSC Business Office Contact Information

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

LSCS Financial Aid Office Information

For Financial Aid Office hours, live chat, and contact information, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

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