Feb 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Financial Information



In-District Students

The total tuition and fee rate for residents of Ector County is $87 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $261. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.

Out-of-District Students

The total tuition and fee rate for Texas residents who reside outside of Ector County is $131 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $393. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.

Non-Resident Students

The total tuition and fee rate for out-of-state and foreign students is $151 per semester plus $162 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $639. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.

Other Fees

Other fees may be required such as fees for labs, student liability insurance, travel, testing, and private music instruction. Special program tuition may be required for certain courses that involve higher instructional costs.

Tuition Discounts

The “First Course is Free” discount waives standard tuition and fees for the first 3 credit hours taken at Odessa College. The discount applies to high school graduates taking their first class at Odessa College as well as transfer students taking their first class at Odessa College.

The “Academic Progress Discount” provides a 10% tuition discount upon completion of 30 college-level credit hours until reaching 45 college-level credit hours. It provides a 20% discount upon completion of 45 college-level credit hours until reaching 60 college-level credit hours. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the discount.

Third Attempt Tuition Surcharge

Per state law, students who register for a credit course a third or subsequent time will be charged a tuition surcharge of $60 per credit hour. The “Third Attempt” tuition costs will not apply to developmental courses, continuing education courses, special-studies courses in which the content changes each time, or other select courses.

Reinstatement Fee

If a student is dropped from their course(s), but requests to be reinstated after the census date, the student must see the Registrar’s Office for approval. A reinstatement fee of $150 will be accessed and must be paid along with tuition immediately.

Schedule Change Fee/ Late Registration Fee

A schedule change fee of $25 will be charged for classes added/dropped after the first day of class.

A late registration of $25 will be charged to students registering on the first day of class through census day

Payment and Refund Policies

A student is responsible for the payment of charges incurred at Odessa College by the stated payment deadlines. Each student is responsible for understanding the charges and meeting all financial obligations on time. We recognize that many students receive financial assistance from third parties, including federal financial aid; but the ultimate financial responsibility belongs to the student.

Student Appeal

If you believe your bill is incorrect, or if you would like more information about a transaction on your bill, we must hear from you within 60 days of the bill that the item of concern first appeared.

Payment by Check

Current government issued identification is required for any payment. Proof of identification may include driver’s license, U.S. passport or military identification card. Checks are accepted for the exact amount of tuition and fees only. All checks are to be payable to Odessa College. The college does not accept two-party checks or payroll checks.

Returned Check Policy

All returned checks are collected through Equifax, Inc. or Checks Inc. A returned check fee is charged per check by each company. Returned checks should be paid within five days of the date notification is mailed to the student. Checks returned for tuition and fees may result in the student’s automatic withdrawal from the college and all college records may be withheld. The student may re-enroll upon payment of all tuition and fees due. Odessa College reserves the right to require payment in cash from individuals with a history of returned checks.

Students attempting to drop classes by stopping payment of their check instead of initiating approved drop procedures his/her Student Success Coach shall be subject to the normal returned check penalties.

Payment by Credit Card

MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted for payment of tuition and fees with proper approval.

MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted for payment of tuition and fees with Nelnet on-line payments.

Payment Plan Options

Payment plans are available online thru Web Advisor. A $30 enrollment fee is charged each semester.

Third Party Payments

Payments made on behalf of the student by a company or government entity must provide proper documentation from such entity.

Students seeking a Police and Fire Exemption may do so by obtaining an exemption form the counseling center.

Debts Owed the College

All forms of indebtedness to the college, including tuition, fees, fines, payment plans, returned checks, property loss and property damage, must be paid before a student may re-enroll or have a transcript request honored. Failure to pay an outstanding account can result in the student being withdrawn from classes. Any past due or unpaid balances may be referred to a collection agency and may incur collection agency fees. https://www.odessa.edu/future-students/_documents/pdfs/Student_Past_Due_and_Collection_Policy.pdf

Dropping a Course or Withdrawing From College

A student wishing to drop a developmental course or withdraw from college should contact their Student Success Coach. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors prior to dropping a class. Students may not withdraw from the college by use of the Web. Students must drop a class or withdraw from college before the official withdrawal date stated in the class schedule.

Students who are part of the Armed Forces Reserves may withdraw with a full refund if the withdrawal is due to their being ordered into active duty. A copy of the student’s orders must be presented to the Records Office at the time of the withdrawal. For details, please contact the Wrangler Express.

No longer attending class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from that class, nor does a student’s notification to an instructor that the student wishes to be dropped. Failure of a student to complete the drop/withdrawal process will result in a grade of “F.”

Refund Policy

In order to receive a refund you must initiate an official class drop prior to the drop deadline. College staff members or faculty are not responsible to submit schedule adjustments on behalf of the student. Refund of tuition and fees will be calculated on varying scales, depending on the course length. Refunds will be processed 7 to 10 business days after the final day of the refund period.

Odessa College reserves the right to deduct from the refund any outstanding financial obligations to the college.

Refunds Before First Day of Classes

  1. A 100% refund for complete withdrawals (less any non-refundable fees).
  2. A 100% refund for dropped classes.

If you withdraw or drop any courses after the appropriate days listed below, you are still financially responsible for your tuition.

Refunds On and After First Day of Classes

Fall/Spring (16 week course(s))

Refund Schedule for Complete Withdrawl

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 15 class days 70%
16th-20th class day 25%
After 20th day NONE

Refund Schedule for Reduction in Course Load/Drop

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 15 class days 100%
16th-20th class day 25%
After 20th day NONE

Fall/Spring (8 week course(s))

Refund Schedule for Complete Withdrawal

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 8 class days 70%
9th-10th class day 25%
After 10th day NONE

Refund Schedule for Reduction in Course Load/Drop

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 8 class days 100%
9th-10th class day 25%
After 10th day NONE

Summer Semesters

Refund Schedule for Complete Withdrawal

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 5 class days 70%
6th-7th class day 25%
After 7th day NONE

Refund Schedule for Reduction in Course Load/Drop

Prior to 1st class day 100%
First 5 class days 100%
6th- 7th class day 25%
After 7th day NONE

Flex semester and non-semester length courses with a census date other than the 12th day class day (4th day for summer) will be calculated according to the Texas Administrative Code table

Method of Calculating Class Days

For purposes of the refund policy, a class day is defined as a day during which college classes are conducted. The count begins with the first day classes are held in the term and includes each consecutive day thereafter. The count is not just of days a particular class meets.