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Tuition Payment Plan FAQs

Who is eligible for the payment plan?

Any MCC credit student in good financial standing may use the payment plan for a $35 sign-up fee.  There are also a variety of plans available to students with a past due balance.  See Financial Responsibilities/Past Due Accounts.

Is there a minimum amount of hours or balance to use the plan?

There is no minimum number of credit hours, however there is a minimum balance requirement:  the amount charged for tuition for one credit hour at the in-district rate.

How to enroll on the payment plan:

  1. Go to myMCCKC and sign into your account.
  2. Select Student Center Home.
  3. Scroll down to the Finances section; under My Account, click on the Payment Plan Sign-up link.
  4. When the payment center opens on the Payment Plans tab, click on Enroll Now.
  5. Select the correct term.
  6. Follow the directed steps on the screen to complete the sign up process.

How much do I have to pay to get on the plan and when are payments due?

A non-refundable per semester sign-up fee must be paid to sign up for the plan. The plan divides your balance into installments and schedules automatic payments.

If you sign up after the first installment date, you will pay the sign-up fee plus any missed installments. Each time you sign up for a new plan, including switching between available plans within a term, you will be charged a sign-up fee.

The payment for your monthly installments will be automatically processed according to the following schedules:

Summer:  One plan available, two installments

  • 2-Payment Plan - Payments on May 15, June 15

Fall:  Three plans available, two, three or four installments

  • 2-Payment Plan - First Payment at sign-up, 2nd on Oct. 15
  • 3-Payment Plan - Payments on July 15, Sept. 15, Oct. 15
  • 4-Payment Plan - Payments on July 15, Aug. 14, Sept. 15, Oct. 15

Spring: Three plans available, two, three or four installments

  • 2-Payment Plan - First Payment at sign-up, 2nd on March 15
  • 3-Payment Plan - Payments on Dec. 15, Feb. 15, March 15
  • 4-Payment Plan - Payments on Dec. 15, Jan. 15, Feb. 15, March 15

Are books eligible for the plan?

No.

Can my parents or employer make payments for me?

You may authorize a parent, relative, company or any other designated person to view, set up a payment plan and/or pay a student bill. More than one person can be given authorization and each will receive access information by email. You and the authorized person(s) can see only the payment details they personally enter and save.

See Authorize Someone Else Pay.

What are monthly automatic payments for?

When signing up for the payment plan, you agree to have the funds automatically debited from the account you choose on the assigned due dates. The following are the choices for automatic payments:

Automatic withdrawal from your bank account (ACH)

ACH payments are payments you authorized MCC to process directly with your financial institution. It is a bank-to-bank transfer of funds you pre-approved to pay for your expenses at Metropolitan Community College.

Payments may be made from either your checking or savings account. Credit card promotional checks are not accepted.

Credit/debit card option

Your monthly payment is automatically charged to the credit card or debit card you designate. MCC accepts MasterCard, VISA or Discover.

What if I do not have a bank account or credit/debit card?

Please see your local campus student services office.

How can I see the agreement that I signed electronically at the time of pay plan enrollment, if I did not choose to print it out at that time?

  1. Go to myMCCKC, and sign into your account.
  2. Select Student Center Home.
  3. Scroll down to the Finances section; under My Account, click on the Payment Plan Sign-up link.
  4. When the payment center opens on the Payment Plans page, find the payment plan agreement you want to view:
    • The current term plan will be displayed; click View Agreement; print agreement if desired.
    • Click on the Plan History tab to find agreements from previous terms; locate the desired plan in the list, click on the Action icon next to the plan and select View Agreement and/or Print Agreement.

Can I sign up for the payment plan for the second, 8-week session?

Yes.  You must sign up at least two weeks before the final installment due date for that semester (see installment due dates above).

What happens if my scheduled monthly payment does not go through?

You will receive an email to your MCC student email account notifying you of the failed payment. If you do not resolve the issue in a timely manner and the payment fails several more times, you will be charged a $20 late fee seven days after the first attempt.

A late fee will continue to be charged every month the payment is late.

Why do I have to pay a late fee?

The payment plan was developed to help students manage tuition and fee payments. You are expected to pay on time. This is a bill you must pay, just like rent, utilities, car payments, etc.

How do I change the payment method for my pay plan?

You can specify a different credit/debit card or bank account to use for your pay plan automatic payments any time before the payment due date, as follows:

  1. Go to myMCCKC and sign into your account.
  2. Select Student Center Home.
  3. Scroll to the section labeled Finances; under My Account, click on the Payment Plan Sign-up link.
  4. When the payment center opens on the Payment Plans tab, you will see the plan you are currently enrolled in. 
  5. If you are changing your plan's payment method to a card you have not previously entered as a payment method, you must create a payment method for that card first.  If the payment method you want to switch your plan to is already in the system, go to Step 7.
  6. To create a new payment method, click on the My Profile tab at the top right hand corner and select Payment Profile.  When the My Profile page opens:
    • Under Add New Payment Method, select the desired payment type from the drop-down, either Electronic Check (checking/savings) or Credit or Debit card.
    • Enter the required Card Number and/or Account and Billing information by following the directed steps on the screen to complete the process.
    • After saving the new payment method, you will be returned to the My Profile page. Your new method will be listed under Saved Payment Methods
  7. To change your plan's payment method,  do the following:
    • To update the payment method for all future installments, click Update all Methods; when the Update Payment Method window opens, select the desired payment method from the drop-down list and click Save.
    • To update the payment method for a single installment, click the Action icon on the installment line; when the Edit Scheduled Payment page opens, select the desired payment method from the drop-down list and click Save. 
  8.  After saving your change, you will be returned to the Payment Plans page; confirm that the Method listed for each installment reflects the change that you just made.   
  9. After changing the plan's payment method, you can delete the payment method previously used if desired, as follows:
    • Click on the My Profile tab at the top right hand corner and select Payment Profile.  
    • When the My Profile page opens, find the Saved Payment Method you want to delete.
    • Click the Action icon for that payment method, and select Delete
    • When the User Profile box appears asking if you want to remove your specified profile permanently, click OK.
    • You will receive confirmation that the selected payment method has been removed.

If I dropped my classes after signing up for the payment plan, why can't I get my non-refundable sign-up fee back?

The payment plan fee is not refundable. It pays for the services provided by MCC upfront to process your enrollment in classes and in the payment plan.

Why do I have to get on a payment plan, make payments or have a late fee when I applied for financial aid?

You are expected to pay for your classes when you enroll in them. If financial aid is not awarded when you enroll, you are responsible for paying in full or signing up for the payment plan.

If you receive financial aid later, after you have already paid one or more installments,  you will be reimbursed for any funds for which you are eligible.

New tuition structure effective Fall 2021

A new tuition structure for Metropolitan Community College will take effect with the Fall 2021 semester. It will mean the elimination of most course fees — an estimated 75% of MCC courses will no longer charge any extra fees. And several MCC career programs will become more affordable, such as nursing, surgical technology, utility lineman, HVAC and automotive technology.

While the tuition rate will increase, from $107 to $116 per credit hour for in-district students, the removal of most fees means that many students will pay no more than they do now. For example, the cost to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) transfer degree could be a few dollars less under the new tuition structure. Also, some students will see greater financial aid benefits.

Is Metropolitan Community College tuition increasing?

Yes, starting with the Fall 2021 semester — but MCC is also eliminating most extra fees.

Which current fees will be eliminated?

Most of them, with the exception of fees attached to 15 career training programs.

These current MCC fees will be eliminated:

  • Lab fees
  • Various course and program fees (other than those for the 15 career programs that will now use a tiered fee structure)
  • General fee, $10 per semester
  • Distance education fee, $15 per credit hour for internet classes
  • Student activity fee, $2 per credit hour
  • Technology fee, $5 per credit hour

How will elimination of most fees impact tuition?

MCC expects many students to pay about the same or even less for their MCC degree or certificate program.

How much will in-district tuition cost per credit hour?

Tuition for in-district students will go from $107 per credit hour to $116 per credit hour. At the same time, about 75% of MCC courses will charge no extra fees.

NOTE: All current and estimated costs discussed here apply to in-district MCC students.

Why are these changes happening?

A lot of this has to do with transparency. Historically, dozens of courses charged extra fees on top of the standard tuition rate. It wasn't always easy to figure out the true cost of an MCC class or certificate/degree program.

What is the benefit of this change?

With this new tuition and fee structure, students will be able to easily see how much a class will cost and plan the cost of their entire MCC education.

What else is changing?

Starting in Fall 2021, 15 MCC career programs will use a tiered fee structure based on the specialized equipment, labs and supplies they require. But that doesn't mean all 15 of these programs will cost students more.

Which of the tiered career programs will see the most savings?

The two nursing programs will now actually cost students less! Estimated cost to finish the MCC professional nursing degree will now be almost $2,500 less. Estimated cost to complete the LPN certificate will be about $735 less.

MCC's utility lineman program is also becoming much more affordable. Estimated cost to complete the lineman A.A.S. degree will be more than $2,000 cheaper.

A.A.S. degrees in automotive technology (mechanical), HVAC and surgical technology — three other programs — will also become more affordable.

I'm working on MCC's Associate in Arts (A.A.) Transfer degree. Will I pay more?

Probably not. The A.A. degree might even cost a few dollars less. Current average cost for completing the 60-credit-hour degree is $6,970. Under the new tuition and fee structure, the estimated cost is $6,960.

How could these tuition and fee changes impact my financial aid?

You might see greater financial aid benefits. There are many types of financial aid, and some do not cover the cost of fees — requiring students to pay those out of pocket. Military tuition assistance programs, for example, cover only tuition … not fees.

Tell me more about the tiered fees for some MCC career training programs.

Here's the list:

  • Tier 1 disciplines — HVAC, radiologic technology and welding — will assess an additional $50 program fee per course.
  • Tier 2 disciplines — paramedic, engineering technology, police and fire science, physical therapy assistant and veterinary technology — will assess an additional $100 program fee per course.
  • Tier 3 disciplines — automotive technology, dental assisting, utility lineman and surgical technology — will assess an additional $150 program fee per course.
  • Tier 4 disciplines — practical and professional nursing — will assess an additional $400 program fee per course.

Up till now, these career programs have charged a variety of program fees per course.

Do the extra fees for those 15 career programs apply to every class, including pre-requisites and general studies courses?

No. The fees only apply to discipline-specific classes. Pre-requisites and general studies courses (like biology and chemistry) will not have fees.

What about other career programs? Will they have extra fees, too?

No, only the 15 programs above will have the tiered fee structure. Some MCC career programs will charge no program fees under the new tuition structure — including computer-integrated machining and manufacturing (CIMM), computer science information systems (CSIS), health information management (HIM) and occupational therapy assistant (OTHA).

What about out-of-district and out-of-state tuition?

Out-of-district (but in-state) tuition hasn't been set yet (we should know by end of April). Out-of-state tuition will rise from $256 to $307 per credit hour. Tiered fees for those 15 career programs will cost the same regardless of residency status.

Who can I talk to if I have other questions?

Contact the MCC Information Center by emailing infocenter@mcckc.edu or calling 816.604.1000. You can also visit the Virtual Enrollment Center.

Other Financial FAQs

Why do I have to pay when...

I never attended any class sessions?

You are responsible for officially dropping yourself from classes you do not plan to attend. If anticipated financial aid or a hold has been placed on your account, your classes will not automatically drop for non-payment.

I only attended one class session?

It is your responsibility to officially drop yourself from class as soon as you plan to not continue. The cost of tuition is adjusted per the drop percent for that particular week. See the MCC refund policy and schedule.

I stopped attending after two weeks?

It is your responsibility to officially drop yourself from class as soon as you plan to not continue. The cost of tuition is adjusted per the drop percent for that particular week. See the MCC refund policy and schedule.

I stopped going; financial aid was supposed to pay?

If you never attended and had anticipated financial aid, you must go to class to be eligible to receive financial aid funds. If you are a federal student aid recipient, you must attend all classes in which you are enrolled.

If you stop attending all of the classes before completing 60% of the semester, money is owed back to the financial aid program.

What happens if I drop one or more classes during the 50% refund period?

You are responsible for one half (50%) of the cost of each class you drop during this period, regardless of whether or not you attended the class. If you paid 100% of the cost, 50% will be returned to you.

Why am I still enrolled when the class was supposed to be dropped for non-payment?

You are responsible for officially withdrawing yourself from any classes you do not plan to attend. If anticipated financial aid or a hold has been placed on your account, your classes will not automatically drop for non-payment.

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