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Tuition and Fees

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MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college. Our current tuition rates, effective Summer 2017, are shown below.


Credit Hours In District Out of District Out of State
1     $103     $183     $237    
2     $206     $366     $474    
3     $309     $549     $711    
4     $412     $732     $948    
5     $515     $915     $1,185    
6     $618     $1,098     $1,422    
7     $721     $1,281     $1,659    
8     $824     $1,464     $1,896    
9     $927     $1,647     $2,133    
10     $1,030     $1,830     $2,370    
11     $1,133     $2,013     $2,607    
12     $1,236     $2,196     $2,844    
13     $1,339     $2,379     $3,081    
14     $1,442     $2,562     $3,318    
15     $1,545     $2,745     $3,555    
16     $1,648     $2,928     $3,792    
17     $1,751     $3,111     $4,029    
18     $1,854     $3,294     $4,266    

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Per-hour cost includes a $2 student activity fee and a $5 technology fee. A $10 general fee is also assessed once a semester to students taking credit classes. This general fee is designed to cover miscellaneous fees students might incur throughout the semester such as the cost of ordering transcripts and applying for graduation.

Public School Districts, Residency, and Tuition Rates

Many factors are considered when determining residency such as, citizenship status, military status, the public school district to which taxes are paid, length of time at present domicile, purpose for living in Missouri, and your intent to make Missouri your permanent home. In most cases, you must have been at your in-district or in-state residence for the past 12 consecutive months to receive that residency status. 

The following school districts are considered in-district:

Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Raytown.

Residency status is initially determined at the time of application to the college.  A request for a change in residency status must be made in writing by submitting a Residency Affidavit form along with supporting documentation.

Random and periodic residency verifications will be conducted, which will require those who are selected to complete a Residency Affidavit and to submit documentation including proof of residence for the past consecutive 12 months.  

Accepted documentation*

  • Most recent Personal Property Tax statement (available through your local county assessors office)
  • Proof from assessors office which includes the above home address and the public school district
  • Missouri vehicle registration
  • Missouri voter registration card
  • Lease
  • Sublease
  • Certificate of marriage to a resident of Missouri (proof of MO residence required)
  • Proof of employment in Missouri (not online employment or employment for a family member)

If your name is not on an official lease or sublease you may submit a signed and notarized statement from your lessor verifying the dates you lived in the domicile, the terms of your agreement, and the address and public school district of the domicile. 

*Submission of a residency affidavit and documentation does not automatically qualify a student for an approved status change or an approved appeal.  A determination must still be made based on the evidence submitted.

If you submit a Residency Affidavit and disagree with the determination made for your residency status, you have the right to appeal the decision.  Please submit a Residency Determination Appeal form

If you live outside of the state of Missouri but paid Missouri income tax last year, you may be eligible for a tuition credit that will reduce your out-of-state tuition costs. See Tuition Credit for Missouri Non-Resident Taxpayers below.

Out-of-District/Out-of-State Rates

You pay out-of-district tuition if you live in Missouri but do not pay taxes for the one of the school districts listed above.  Out-of-state applies if you live outside of Missouri or the country. However, if you're from Minnesota, Michigan or Nebraska, you may be eligible for reduced rates for some career programs through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) program.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Are you from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin? You can take advantage of the Midwest Student Exchange Program and save about 1/3 on out-of-state tuition for some career programs. Tuition will be assessed at 150% percent of the current in-district rate or 100% of the current out-of-district rate, whichever is higher.

Eligible programs

Some programs limit the number of students. For more information, check out the Midwestern Higher Education Commission website.

Once admitted to MCC, you will need to declare a program of study with an Academic Advisor and then contact the Records/Business Office to establish your MSEP tuition rate, if eligible.

Tuition Credit for Missouri Non-Resident Taxpayers

Credit for Missouri Income Tax Paid

If you are a non-Missouri resident and you (or your parent/legal guardian) paid Missouri income tax last year, you may be eligible for a non-refundable tuition credit that will reduce your out-of-state tuition costs.  For eligible students, MCC will apply a tuition credit up to the amount of tax paid, but not to exceed the difference between the out-of-state and out-of-district tuition rates.  Out-of-state students already receiving a special tuition rate through the Midwest Student Exchange (MSEP) or KCKCC affiliate programs are not eligible for this credit.

To receive this credit you (student or taxpayer) must complete the Non-Resident Tuition Credit Request form and submit the required tax documents to a campus business office. Required documents include:  Missouri tax return (MO-1040), Nonresident Income (MO-NRI) Schedule, W-2s, 1099s, and Federal tax form 1040 for the most recent tax year, along with proof of tax payment to Missouri Dept. of Revenue (e.g., cancelled check, credit card or bank statement).  If your request is approved, a tuition credit will be applied to your MCC tuition costs for the term requested. 

Credit for Property Tax Paid

If you are a non-resident of the MCC district and you (or your parent/legal guardian) paid personal/real estate property taxes in Jackson, Clay, Platte, or Cass counties in Missouri last year, you may be eligible for a credit that will reduce your tuition costs.  For eligible students, MCC will apply a tuition credit up to the amount of property taxes paid in the previous year but not to exceed the difference between the students current tuition rate and the in-district rate.  This credit is limited to the amount of property tax distributed by the county to the MCC district, as shown on the tax receipt.

To receive this credit, you (student or taxpayer) must complete the Non-Resident Tuition Credit Request form and submit the required tax documents to a campus business office.  Required documents include:  Federal tax form 1040 (listing dependent students) and personal property/real estate tax receipt showing proof of payment.  If your request is approved, a tuition credit will be applied to your MCC tuition costs for the term requested. 

The MCC district is identified on the county property tax statements as: 

  • Jackson County:                Metro Junior College
  • Clay County:                    KCJC Tax
  • Platte County:                   Metropolitan Community Colleges  
  • Cass County:                    Metro Jr Coll
Submitting the Tuition Credit Request

Submit the completed Non-Resident Tuition Credit Request form and the required tax documents to the Business/Student Services Office at one of the five MCC campuses, by fax, mail, or in person.  They will answer your questions, determine your eligibility and apply the credit.

You must contact the business office each term to request that the credit be applied, until the credit is exhausted.  Unused credit cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (summer/fall/spring terms), and the amount credited is non-refundable.  For each new academic year, a new tuition credit request form must be completed, and tax documents provided. 

Example:  The tuition credit based on calendar year 2017 taxes will only be applied to tuition for summer 2018, fall 2018, and spring 2019.

65 and Older Senior Tuition Waiver

If you're 65 or older and live in district (see above), you can take classes for free using a senior citizen tuition waiver if space is available. This waiver does not cover books, supplies, general fees, lab fees, or special fees.  Some courses are not eligible for this waiver, such as physical education courses that include use of the fitness or recreation center.  Reduced rate senior memberships to the centers are available instead.  Enrollment is open for those using the senior waiver as follows:

  • Summer 2018 - The semester begins Monday, June 4. Senior Citizens may use a tuition waiver beginning Thursday, May 31.

For more information, visit a student services office or call the MCC Information Center at 816.604.1000. The waiver request form is available at MCC Senior Tuition Waiver Request

Course and Program Fees

Some courses and programs have additional fees to cover the costs of specialized equipment or supplies and lab or studio time. Please review the MCC Fee Summary for a comprehensive list of course and program fees.

MCC Fee Summary:  Spring 2018 - Summer 2018 - Fall 2018

Distance Education Fee

An additional fee is added to all fully online (Internet) and Hybrid classes (classes which combine on-campus and online instruction). There is no fee for students attending a Video Conferencing class on an MCC campus. The additional fee structure is as follows:

Credit Hours Hybrid class Internet Class
1 $6 $15
2 $12 $30
3 $18 $45
4 $24 $60
5 $30 $75
6 $36 $90


If we cancel a class, you will get a 100% refund. All other refunds are based on the date you officially drop a class. View refund dates. Failure to attend class is not considered an official drop. Unpaid account balances will have the refund credited back to your account.

Change of Address

When you change addresses, update your records immediately through the StudentCenter, or submit a Statistical Data Change form (pdf) to a records office.

Auditing a Class

Auditing lets you review a class without grades or tests. No credit is given and fees are the same as for a credit course. If you wish to audit, you must declare this when you enroll.

Last Modified: 6/21/18