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Tuition and Fees

State Board for Community Colleges to Consider 2022-23 Tuition and Fees at July Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2022, at 9 a.m. on July 21, 2022, at the Virginia Community College System, System Office, 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, VA 23236.

The State Board will consider mandatory tuition and fee increases of between 0 percent and 4.0 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to budget provisions of the 2022 General Assembly special session. The maximum potential increase equates to a base tuition rate of $160.15 per credit-hour for in-state students and would result in a net annual increase of $184.50 for a student enrolling in thirty credit-hours during the academic year. The community colleges will use revenue generated from any increase in mandatory fees to pay for mandatory cost increases associated with compensation and benefit increases, contractual obligations, technology and strategic initiatives, inflationary cost impacts, debt service, and potential adjustments to student fees.

Written comments from the public will be accepted through July 20 and will be made available to the Board before action on tuition is taken. Written comments may be sent to Rose Marie Owen, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, at, or they may be mailed to the attention of Rose Marie Owen at:

Office of the Chancellor

Virginia Community College System

300 Arboretum Parkway

Richmond, Virginia 23236.

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 for the 2021 academic year

Tuition $ 154.00 $ 330.60 $ 154.00 $     214.00
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 $ 160.00 $ 360.10 $ 183.50 $     243.50

 *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.

College Cost Calculator

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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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