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Motlow College  

Catalog

    Motlow State Community College
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog & Student Handbook

Expenses and Business Relations


EXPENSES AND BUSINESS REGULATIONS

 

Motlow State Community College is a state-supported institution and, therefore, maintains modest matriculation and incidental fees. Expenses are charged and payable by the semester since each semester is a separate unit of operation. A student may enroll at the beginning of any semester. Registration for each semester is not complete until all required fees have been satisfied, and no student may be admitted to classes without having met his or her financial obligation. Payment of fees may be made by cash, check, MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express credit card. Students are encouraged to use our safe, convenient, online payment option to avoid any chance of having to wait in line.  A payment plan is also available. Information regarding the payment plan is available in the Business Office or on the Motlow College website, www.mscc.edu on the Business Office webpage.  Students are classified as residents or non-residents for the purpose of assessing tuition charges. The definition of residency as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents will apply. Information about residence classification may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records.

The Tennessee legislature has declared that a limited number of residents of Jackson, Madison, and Limestone Counties in Alabama may attend Motlow State Community College for the same rates as residents of Tennessee. Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for details.

MAINTENANCE AND TUITION FEES

THESE FEES AND ALL OTHER FEES GIVEN IN THIS CATALOG ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY POLICY OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS. For current fees visit www.mscc.edu

At the Tennessee Board of Regents meeting, a fee increase was approved and became effective in the fall 2016 semester. The effect of this increase for Motlow State Community College is as follows:

Hourly Rates up to 12 hours  
  Residents of Tennessee $160.00 per semester hour
  Non-residents (out of state)  $499.00 per semester hour
     
Rates over 12 hours:  
  Residents of Tennessee $1920.00 per semester plus $32.00 per hour over 12 hours
  Non-residents (out of state) $5988.00 per semester plus $100.00 per hour over 12 hours
   
TN eCampus Students:  
  Residents of Tennessee $160.00 per semester hour
  Non-residents (out of state) $499.00 per hour
    On-Line Course Fee $64.00 per hour
       
eRate (Non-residents of Tennessee and exclusively in online classes) $80.00 per semester hour

E-Rate
The eRate is available to students who enroll at TBR institutions, who are classified as non-residents of Tennessee, and who are enrolled exclusively in online courses. The e-rate is a significant reduction in the out of state tuition cost. The e-rate out-of-state tuition rate is $80 per credit hour.  To qualify for an eRate, students must (a) meet all institution admission requirements, (b) must be verified as an online out-of-state student enrolled exclusively in courses delivered online by a procedure documented by the institution, and (c) Out of state students refers to geographic location and does not include undocumented students living in Tennessee.  Students enrolled in any type courses other than online (on-ground, distance education, etc.) will not be eligible for the eRate specified in this guideline and will instead incur traditional non-resident fees and charges. Students who enroll in both online courses and other type courses and subsequently drop the other type courses will not then become eligible for the eRate.

NOTE: TN eCampus degree courses are all charged at a per-hour rate and viewed separately from on-campus courses. TN eCampus fees are not included in the full-time cap applicable to all other types of courses.

Pursuant to TCA 49-7-113, the Tennessee legislature has provided specific exceptions for payment of registration fees for certain disabled and elderly students domiciled in Tennessee as outlined below. The privilege to enroll under these exceptions may be denied based on space availability.

For credit enrollment, a nonrefundable service fee of $70.00 per semester will be charged to persons with a permanent total disability, and persons who will become sixty-five (65) years of age or older during the academic semester and who are domiciled in Tennessee. This fee includes maintenance fees, campus access fees, student activity fees, and technology access fees; it does not preclude an application fee. For audit enrollment, no fee is required for persons with a permanent total disability or persons who become sixty (60) years of age or older during the academic semester and are domiciled in Tennessee, and persons who have retired from state service with thirty (30) or more years of service, regardless of age.

Pursuant to TCA 49-7-102, certain statutory fee exceptions exist for dependents and spouses of military personnel killed, missing in action, or officially declared a prisoner of war while serving honorably as a member of the armed forces during a period of armed conflict.

Registration and tuition fees for the summer semester will be the same as for the other two semesters. Fees for auditing a course will be the same as the fees paid if taking courses for credit. Enrollment for audit may be subject to space availability.

Enrollment under employee fee waiver programs, i.e., State of Tennessee, Tennessee Board of Regents, and University of Tennessee, is subject to the availability of space in the class being requested. Students enrolled under fee waiver programs may pre-register no earlier than four weeks prior to the first day of classes.

REGISTRATION FEES

Campus Access Fee, each semester, nonrefundable
(The campus access fee will be assessed each student who registers for credit classes.)

$21.50 first hour with a$1.50 incremented
per credit hour up to 9 credit hours

$33.50 for 9, 10, 11 credit hours

$34.00 for 12 credit hours and over

   

Technology Access Fee, each semester

$9.00 per credit hour, up to 11 hours

$112.50 for 12 credit hours or more

   
Student Activity Fee, each semester, nonrefundable $6.00
International Education Fee, each semester, nonrefundable   $1.00

PROGRAM AND SERVICE FEES

   
Late Registration Fee, nonrefundable $25.00
  This fee will be charged during the entire period of late registration as indicated in the official calendar for each term published in the class schedule.  
Payment Plan Fees, nonrefundable  
  Administrative Fee, each semester that the payment plan is elected $25.00
  Returned Payment Fee $30.00

Nursing Competency Test Fee, nonrefundable

 
  Freshman Year (Fall $31.00 and Spring $62.00) $93.00
  Sophomore Year (Fall $31.00 and Spring $85.00) $116.00
Nursing Material Fee,  nonrefundable $25.00
LPN to RN Bridge (Summer) $93.00
Science Consumables, nonrefundable per class $15.00
Applied Music Fee, nonrefundable $55.00 per credit hour
Siemens Exam Fee - nonrefundable  
    Level I $150.00
    Level II $150.00

OTHER FEES

 
   
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)-effective July 1, 2017 $85.00 per test
  Optional essay fee $10.00
     
High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)  ($50.00 ETS Fee and $25.00 test center administration fee) All fees will need to be paid online $75.00 battery
Retest HiSET fee (entire test purchased) $5.00
HiSET Individual subsets ($10.00 ETS fee and $5.00 test center administration fee) $15.00 per test
Retest HiSET fee (individual test purchased) $5.00
ACT Residual Test Fee, nonrefundable
$40.00 per test

ACCUPLACER Challenge Test Fee, nonrefundable*
*The first challenge using ACCUPLACER is free of charge.

 $20.00 for entire test; $10.00 per part
Correspondence/Distance Education Proctor Fee, nonrefundable $15.00
Credit by Assessment Test Fee, nonrefundable $55.00
Library Fee  
  Fines for lost materials $50.00 or more per item
  Interlibrary Loan Fee – Fee for non-pickup of requested material $5.00
  Photo ID Replacement $5.00
Nursing Entrance Examination Fee, nonrefundable $50.00
Returned Check Fee, per returned check, nonrefundable $30.00
Traffic Violations Fee  
  First and second violation, each $10.00
  Each violation thereafter(after 2nd violation) $20.00
Disabled Parking Violation  
  Each violation $200.00

RETURNED CHECKS

There is a $30.00 charge for any check tendered for payment to the college that is subsequently dishonored and returned by the bank. Returned checks received for the payment of registration fees, if not redeemed within ten calendar days from the postmark date of the institution’s letter of notification, shall result in the dis-enrollment of the student. A late fee of $25.00 will also be assessed for any returned check that was tendered for registration fees, unless the student registered late initially.

For other returned checks cashed on campus, an opportunity to redeem the check shall be allowed; and, if the check is not then redeemed, a formal notice will be sent by registered mail to the drawer. Failure to redeem the check after formal notice shall result in the initiation of further action by the college.

No student may re-enroll, graduate, receive grades, or receive a transcript of his or her record until all accounts are settled. The term “account” includes any indebtedness to the college.

The above policy on returned checks is in accordance with recommended and approved policies of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee.

REFUNDS AND REPAYMENTS

A student may be eligible for a refund of institutional charges, based on a change in enrollment status due to: (1) dropping a course or courses, (2) withdrawing from college, (3) cancellation of a class by the institution, or (4) death of the student. Refund processing requires three to four weeks for completion. Students receiving Federal Title IV grants, loans, and state grants/scholarships are required to notify the Financial Aid Office upon changing enrollment status by dropping any class or upon withdrawing from the institution.

INSTITUTIONAL FEES

  1. Seventy-five percent of fees will be refunded for drops or withdrawals that occur within the first 14 calendar days (unless the class begins on Saturday.  See # 5 below) of an academic term, beginning with and inclusive of the first official day of classes, or within an equivalent period for a short-term course. Twenty-five percent of fees will be refunded following expiration of the 75 percent refund period, to the point in time when 25 percent of the term is completed. No refunds will be made beyond the 25 percent point.
  2. One hundred percent of fees will be refunded for classes canceled by the institution.
  3. One hundred percent of fees will be refunded for withdrawals prior to the first day of classes for the regular academic terms and summer sessions.
  4. One hundred percent of fees will be refunded in case of death of the student.
  5. One hundred percent of fees will be extended when the first day of the academic term falls on a Saturday through the weekend until the following Monday morning (12:01 a.m.).

Fees discussed above include Maintenance and Technology Access Fees only. All other fees are non-refundable.

Summer term refunds will be based on the above procedures with time periods for half-summer terms being prorated as a percentage of a regular term.

No refunds will be made for a general interest class unless the class is canceled.

PAYMENT PLAN

A payment plan is available to allow students to pay registration fees in installments. The plan does not apply to books or to non-credit classes and is available for fall and spring semesters only. All students in good financial standing are eligible to participate in the payment plan. Total fees eligible must be at least $400 after application of any financial aid awarded to student. (Fees not eligible include application fee, and any account balance from prior terms.)

  • To participate in the payment plan, you must complete the Payment Plan Application on MyMotlow.
  • The plan requires an initial payment consisting of 50% of fees plus a $25 administrative fee at the beginning of the term. The remaining balance will be paid in equal installments. (Due dates will be specified in the Payment Plan Contract.
  • Students who fail to pay the required initial payment by the appropriate (preregistration or regular registration) last day to pay fees specified in the term calendar will be deleted from the class rolls.
  • Students who fail to pay the second and/or third installments will have their records placed on hold. The College will proceed with collection procedures as required by the Tennessee Board of Regents, Guideline B-010, including submission to a collection agency, if necessary.
  • Initial payment and subsequent installments will be paid by auto deduction.
  • Withdrawal from classes does not forgive any remaining balance due except to the extent that any refund, as determined by the College’s refund policy, will be applied to the balance due. Refunds for students on payment contracts are calculated based on the total fees assessed, not the portion of the fees actually paid at the time of the refund.
  • A student who fails to make timely payments in a previous term may be denied the right to participate in the payment plan in future enrollment periods.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID RETURN TO TITLE IV (R2T4)

Federal Title IV regulations require Motlow State Community College (Motlow) to recalculate the federal financial aid eligibility for each student who withdraws from the institution at or before the 60 percent point of the term. Eligibility is based on the number of calendar days completed in the term at the point of withdrawal. Students who stop attending classes without initiating the formal Motlow withdrawal process will be assigned a withdrawal date based on their documented last-date-of-attendance in their classes.

Note: For programs offered in modules/mini-terms (ex. Adult College Express [ACE] program), Federal Title IV regulations require Motlow to recalculate the federal financial aid eligibility for each student who withdraws from the institution if all scheduled modules within a term are not completed (see example 2 below).

Example # 1:

A student withdraws on the 30th day of the term, which is 120 days in length. The student has completed 25 percent of the term, thus, is only eligible for 25 percent of the federal financial aid awarded for that term. Therefore, Motlow must return 75 percent of the federal aid originally retained by the college to satisfy the student’s institutional fees. As a result, the student will receive a billing e-mail from the Motlow Business Office for that portion of the fees no longer covered by federal financial aid. Students are not required to make repayments of fifty dollars or less.

In addition, the student is required to repay a portion of the federal financial aid received for personal and living expenses for the term. The initial amount to be returned in this example is based on a 75 percent calculation; however, to ease the repayment burden on the student, the following guidelines apply:

  • The student is required to repay only 50 percent of the portion of the initial repayment amount that is attributable to Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant funds disbursed directly to the student. The student will be billed for the required amount and must make repayment arrangements with Motlow. Failure to make repayment within 30 days of notification may result in the matter being referred to the U.S. Department of Education Debt Collection Service, and the student will be unable to receive future federal financial aid funds from any educational institution until repayment has been satisfied.

Example # 2 Modules:

Within a semester, there are 3 modules (A, B, C) that span the entire term and are 5 weeks each, offered consecutively. In the fall semester, the student enrolls in modules A, B, and C. Student completes courses in module A. Student begins Module B and withdraws. At this point, the student is a Title IV withdrawal and a R2T4 calculation must be done. The student’s registration for module C is not enough to override the R2T4 requirement. However, if the school collects written confirmation from the student at the time of the withdrawal from module B that they intend to return for Module C, a R2T4 is not required. If the student returns for Module C and completes the module, no R2T4 is required. If the student does not return for Module C, a R2T4 is done using the withdrawal date from Module B. If the student returns for Module C and then withdraws, a R2T4 is done using the withdrawal date from Module C.

Note that because we are looking at completed days, if the above student was also enrolled in a course that spanned the entire term and completed that course, the withdrawal from the modular courses would not result in a withdrawal for the term. By completing the 15-week course the student has completed all days for which he/she enrolled.

All required repayments to Federal Title IV programs will be distributed in the following order: (1) Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (Motlow does not offer loans), (2) Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (Motlow does not offer loans), (3) Federal Pell Grant, (4) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and (5) any other applicable programs (ex. TELS, TSAA, etc.)

Any refunds calculated for students who received financial assistance from sources other than Federal Title IV funds will be refunded according to each source’s policy.