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Tuition and Fees

Because ESCC is a public community college with financial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia the College offers its students an exceptional educational value. 

Rates per credit (as of Fall 2023) academic year

Tuition $ 158.61 $ 335.21 $ 158.61 $     218.61
Capital Fee* $          – $   23.50 $   23.50 $        23.50
Parking Fee $      3.00 $      3.00 $      3.00 $          3.00
Student Activity Fee  $      3.00 $      3.00 $      3.00 $          3.00
TOTAL PER CREDIT $ 164.61 $ 364.71 $ 188.11 $     248.11

 *The Capital Fee is only charged to military contract, business contract, and out-of-state students.

Business and Military Contract Students – rate applies to out-of-state students whose VA employer or federal agency in VA has entered into a contractual relationship with ESCC.

NOTE:  Students are not required to pay any additional fees for online or distance learning courses, including charges associated with verification of student identity.

For information on whether you qualify for in-state or out-of-state tuition, check the Domicile Brochure [PDF].

At the discretion of the State Board for Community Colleges, tuition rates are subject to change.

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Full-time or Part-time Academic Load

A normal academic load for full-time, degree or certificate students is 15 to 18 credits per semester. Based on this, Virginia residents should anticipate tuition for full-time students to range from $2,400.00 to $2,880.00 per semester.

Family responsibilities, the need to work, or other obligations may make part-time enrollment preferable for some students.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

  • Payment of tuition and fee charges for normal session classes is due by published payment dates.
  • Payment of tuition and fees for special session classes is due by the first day of class.
  • Students registering after the payment date must pay all charges at the time of registration. 

See the Online Payment Page for payment options. Tuition charges are subject to change by the State Board for Community Colleges.

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