Mar 18, 2018  
2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2015-2016 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fees and Expenses

Payment Guidelines

Registration at the beginning of each semester is incomplete until all fees are paid or a minimum payment on the deferred payment plan is made (“paid” includes checks clearing the bank). Students who do not pay by published deadlines will be removed from the class(es).  Upon registration, your student account reflects a balance you owe for educational services obtained from and the associated costs of Dyersburg State Community College.  Dyersburg State Community College is an institution of higher education. As such, all or a portion of a student account is considered to be an educational loan offered for the sole purpose of financing an education and is not dischargeable in bankruptcy proceedings.

Fees may be paid online via debit or credit card. For online payment instructions and a link to the fee payment site, go to

Fees may also be paid by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit card. Fees may be paid in the Business Office located in the Eller Administration Building, at the One Stop Center on the Dyersburg campus, or at the DSCC centers’ offices located in Trenton and Covington, Tennessee. Fee payment can be mailed to Dyersburg State Community College, Business Office, 1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024

If you expect financial aid to pay all or part of your financial obligations to Dyersburg State Community College, it is your responsibility to meet all requirements for disbursement of any financial assistance disbursed to your student account.  All financial aid is first used to pay for educational costs charged to your student account.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements of grantors, lenders, employers, and other third party payers are met on a timely basis.  Despite your expectations for payment from financial aid or other sources, you are ultimately responsible for all charges incurred.

No student may re-enroll or graduate until all accounts are settled. The term “account” includes any indebtedness to the College.

Deferred Payment Plan

Students (unless you failed to make payments as agreed during a previous payment plan period) may enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan during Fall and Spring terms. To enroll, you pay a down payment of at least 50% of your account balance plus a deferred plan service fee. The remaining account balance will be deferred at 0% interest and will be payable in two monthly installments.

The first installment is due approximately 30 days from the beginning of the term. If this payment is not paid when due, you agree to pay a $25.00 late payment charge.

The second installment is due approximately 60 days from the beginning of the term. If this payment is not paid when due, you agree to pay a $ 25.00 late payment charge.

Check the calendar for exact payment due dates of the two installments.

If your installments are not paid as agreed, you agree that your account may be assessed up to $100.00 per term. If you enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan on or after the first day of the term, you will also be assessed a $25.00 late enrollment fee. Students who withdraw from classes prior to completing their deferred payments are still obligated to make those payments, net of the college refund, if any.


To enroll in this plan if paying via credit  or debit card:

  • At, click the MyDSCC button.
  • Log in with your Username and Password.
  • Click on the Student Tab.
  • Under Registration Tools, select Payment of Fees/Confirmation of Enrollment.
  • Select the Term you will be attending and click Submit.
  • Select Yes, I will attend during Term selected in #5. Click Continue. You will then be taken to your student account activity page.
  • Select Recent Account Activity and then Make a Payment.
  • Select Pay or Make a Payment (Be sure to mark deferred or it will not confirm you.)
  • Follow payment directions.

To enroll in the deferred payment plan by paying with check, cash or other methods, you may see any cashier for assistance.

Basic Fees and Expenses

Students pay mandatory fees to support student activities, athletics, cultural opportunities, and unique projects and programs. These fees vary and are paid by all students regardless of the number of hours they take. Maintenance fees are the charges based on credit hours for in-state students. For example, a student pays a flat rate for the first 12 hours of class credits and a discounted rate for any additional hours. Most academic programs require students to complete at least 15 hours a semester to finish on time. Out-of-state students are required to pay tuition in addition to maintenance fees. The combined cost of these fees or tuition results in the total price a student must pay. Fees are subject to change at any time by action of the Tennessee Board of Regents. See the following schedule of fees for the 2014-2015 school year.

Click here to view a complete schedule of total fees by course load.


Under the Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA), DSCC is required to verify that a person (18 years of age or older) seeking a state public benefit - including in-state tuition - is either a United States citizen or is lawfully present in the United States. Without this verification, out-of-state tuition will be charged regardless of the individual’s domicile.

For 2014-15, all students pay tuition of $147 per semester hour, up to 12 credit hours. Each DSCC credit hour above 12 credit hours, cost $29 per credit hour. Non-resident students also pay out-of-state tuition as shown below.

Students who enroll in Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) courses pay an online course fee of $59 per credit hour in addition to the tuition fee of $147 per credit hour.

Out-of-State Tuition

Bona fide residents of the State of Tennessee, Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties in Missouri, and Mississippi County in Arkansas are not assessed out-of-state tuition.

Out-of-state students, excluding those listed above, will be assessed the appropriate tuition for in-state resident students plus, for the 2014-2015 year,  $461 per credit hour up to 12 hours as out-of-state tuition and $92 per DSCC credit hour for each hour over 12 credit hours.  These per credit rates are established and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and are subject to change at any time.

Fees for Audit Students

Students enrolling in regular college classes as auditors will pay the same fees as those enrolling for credit.

Fees for Senior Citizens

Persons 65 years of age and over and persons with a permanent total disability who are domiciled in Tennessee and wish to receive credit for classes will be required to pay a service fee of $70 which includes maintenance fees, student activity fees, technology access fees, and registration fees. Persons are required to pay the $19 campus/center access fee, the $10 late fee, and any other miscellaneous fees associated with the classes.

Enrollment is on a space available basis.

Persons with a permanent total disability and persons 60 years of age and older and domiciled in Tennessee may audit classes at no cost except for the late fee, facilities access fee, books, supplies and lab or online fees.

Registration Fees

Students are assessed registration fees in addition to tuition. Such fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Included in this category are the following fees for 2014-15. Fees are subject to change at any time by action of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Technology Access Fee - Non-Refundable

All students who enroll in three credit hours will be assessed a $72 Technology Access Fee; those who enroll in four hours will be assessed a $90 Technology Access Fee; and those who enroll in five or more hours will be assessed $112.50 per semester.

Student Government Association Fee - Non-Refundable

All students enrolled in DSCC hours must pay $3 per semester as a Student Government Association Fee.

Campus Access Fee/Automobile Registration & Fines - Non-Refundable

All students must pay a Campus/Center Access Fee of $19 per semester for vehicle registration/campus access.

Each person who parks an automobile on campus must register that vehicle. All parking regulations must be observed. Failure to do so will result in a fine of $10 for the first citation and $20 for subsequent violations. In accordance with State Law, handicapped parking space violations are fined at $200. Fines not paid or cleared are treated as any other indebtedness to the College.

International Fee

All students pay $15 per semester as an international fee. These fees are used to provide international cultural experiences to our college community.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

For a complete statement regarding parking and driving regulations and payment of citations, please refer to the DSCC Student Handbook.


Students who enroll in the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) courses for 2014-15 will be assessed an online course fee of $61 per credit hour in addition to tuition. The RODP online fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. For more information on RODP, go to

Program and Services Fees

Students may encounter other charges in addition to the basic fees. Such fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

DSCC Online Course Fee - Non-Refundable

Students who enroll in DSCC online courses for 2014-15 will be assessed an online course fee of $23 per credit hour in addition to tuition and other incidental fees.

Identification Cards

Identification cards are issued each semester by the Learning Resource Center. This card will contain the student’s photo, name and student identification number and will be used throughout the enrollment period at Dyersburg State. The identification card allows the student to attend, at no cost or at a reduced rate, all college activities that are open to the student population. A student must be prepared to present his/her I.D. card at the request of a faculty or staff member. Although there is no cost for the initial identification card, there is a $5 charge for replacing a lost card.

Transcripts of Credits

Transcripts will be furnished free of charge up to a maximum of six copies per term. A fee of $1 will be assessed for each additional transcript.

Deferred Payment Plan Service Fee - Non-Refundable

A service fee of $25 will be charged to all students participating in the deferred payment plan.  A late enrollment fee of $25.00 will also be assessed to those enrolling on or after the first day of the term..

Late Payment Fees - Non-Refundable

Students whose fees are not paid in full by published deadlines will pay a $25 late fee per month, up to $100 per semester, if timely payment is not made.

Late Registration Fee

Late registration is defined as any registration which occurs on or after the first official day of the term. There is a $10 charge for late registration.

Applied Music Fee

The additional fee for all private individual instruction in music (vocal and instrumental) is $60 per semester hour for one 30-minute lesson per week for 15 weeks.

Nursing Student Expenses

Additional expenses to the nursing student include the cost of uniforms, watch with second hand, liability insurance, standardized nursing achievement tests and school pin (upon graduation). Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. There are additional fees for the state licensure exam and NCLEX Review course. See the Nursing Student Handbook for more information.

Emergency Medical Services Student Expenses

Additional expenses to the EMT-Paramedic student include: liability insurance, uniforms, competency test plus criminal background check and drug screen. There are additional fees for state licensure after completing the program.

Health Information Technology (HIT) Student Expenses

Additional expenses to the HIT student include the cost of liability insurance, background checks, testing fees, and any health screenings that may be required. Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. For more information see the HIT Student Handbook

Continuing Education Fees

Fees for Continuing Education courses vary according to course content, duration and any materials necessary for completion of the course. You may contact a Continuing Education representative at 731-286-3265 for specific information.

High School Equivalency (HSE) and ACT Test Fees

High School Equivalency Credential testing is available at DSCC with a choice of two assessments: Pearson VUE GED  $144 - computer based test and HiSET $75 - paper and pencil test. Call 731-286-3231 for registration information.

Other Test Fees

CLEP examinations and proctored tests are administered in the LRC on the Dyersburg campus. DSCC assesses a $25 non-refundable administration fee for each CLEP examination. Unless you are a DSCC, RODP or other TBR institution student, a $25.00 proctoring fee will be assessed. This fee must be paid prior to taking the test.

As of November 1, 2014, the Residual ACT testing fee is $35.00.  This rate may change at any time.

Photocopying and Microfilming Fee

Photocopying and microfilm copies are $.15 per page.

Printing Fee

Students are allotted up to 300 pages of printing each semester. Additional pages can be purchased in the Business Office for $.10 per page.

Returned Checks

A $30 service charge will be assessed for each check returned to the College by a bank. Any student who has not paid for a returned check will have a hold placed on his account and will be subject to the same policy governing any other indebtedness to the College. Check writing privileges will be revoked for any student who has a check returned by his bank.

Departmental Exam Fee

The non-refundable fee for taking each departmental exam $25.

Portfolio Assessment Fee

The non-refundable fee for each portfolio assessment is currently $73.50 per credit hour or one-half the current per semester credit hour tuition rate.

Books and Supplies

Since the costs of books and supplies vary from term to term and from one program of study to another, only the average can be included in this catalog. That average is approximately $1000 - $1200 per year for the 2014-2015 school year. In courses requiring special equipment, the costs will be higher in the term of initial purchase.

Student Financial Aid Budget

DSCC has established the following nine-month average budgets for the 2014-2015 year for full-time independent or dependent students. Only tuition and fees are paid to DSCC.


Dyersburg State Community College

Campus-Based Budgets for 2014-2015

      At Home   Away from home  
  9 mo. 12 mo. 9 mo. 12 mo.  
Tuition & Fees $3,947.00 $5,920.00 $3,947.00 $5,920.00  
Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,800.00 $1,200.00 $1,800.00  
Room & Board $4,733.00 $6,310.00 $8,828.00 $11,770.00  
Transportation $2,580.00 $3,440.00 $2,580.00 $3,440.00  
Personal $1,080.00 $1,380.00      
Total $13,540.00 $18,850.00 $16,555.00 $22,930.00  
Out- of-State          
  9 mo. 12 mo.  9 mo. 12 mo.  
Tuition & Fees $15,347.00 $23,020.00 $15,347.00 $23,020.00  
Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,800.00 $1,200.00 $1,800.00  
Room & Board $4,733.00 $6,310.00 $8,828.00 $11,770.00  
Transportation $2,580.00 $3,440.00 $2,580.00 $3,440.00  
Personal $1,080.00 $1,380.00      
Total $24,940.00 $35,950.00 $27,955.00 $40,030.00  


1.  Room and Board costs for a student away from home with no dependents are based upon 2015 HHS poverty guidance issued in the January 22, 2015, Federal Register and is adjusted for nine months. At home cost of maintenance for a college student for 12 months, per the Federal Regulations, May 30,2014, for 15-16 is $6310.  75% for nine months is $4,732.50.

2.  Costs for dependent care and handicapped costs may be added to the student’s budget on an individual basis: $3,000 for the first child and $1,000 for an additional child to a maximum of $5,000 for children infant to 5 years; $1,000 per dependent for children 6 to 12 years, for a maximum of $2,000 for child care. Allowance for elderly or disabled adults will be made on an individual basis for actual documented costs incurred by the student.

3.  Tuition/Fees and Books/Supplies will be adjusted each semester for part-time enrollment based on a percentage of full-time costs.

                  9-11 hours - $1518 fees and $450 books per semester

                  6-8 hours - $1062 fees and $300 books per semester

                  Less than 1/2 time, $565 fees and $150 books

4. Personal expense of $540 per semester is for clothing, recreation, and miscellaneous expenses.

5.  Transportation cost is based on the average mileage of all students $.47 per mi. (Tennessee state rate).

6.  If a student enrolls for other than a 9-month period, his/her budget and family contribution must be adjusted accordingly.

7.  For students who are less than half time, only the costs for tuition and fees, an allowance for books and supplies, transportation (but not miscellaneous) expenses, and an allowance for dependent care expenses may be included in the budget.

8.  For purposes of determining family contribution, 5 months will be used for the fall and 4 months for the spring.

9. Fees may be adjusted to the current year actual when needed in awarding aid. Previous year figures are used in budget calculations for purposes of timely student notification. The Pell award does not change with either year’s fees.

10. The cost of attendance will be adjusted for modular coursework based on length and other federal guidelines.

Fee Changes

The college reserves the right to change the fees listed herein or to add new ones as deemed necessary. Fees are subject to change at any time by action of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Fee Refunds

Refund procedures for tuition and out-of-state tuition fees only are outlined below. (All other fees are non-refundable.) Change of student’s status which requires refund:

  1. Change in a full-time student’s schedule which results in reclassification to part-time student status during a refund period.
  2. Change in a part-time student’s schedule which results in a class load of fewer hours during a refund period.

Other situations which require a refund:

  1. Withdrawing from the institution within the refund period.
  2. Cancellation of a class by the institution.
  3. Death of the student.

Refund Procedures:

Refunds will be calculated for up to 60% of the term for students at DSCC who withdraw from school and are receiving Title IV Financial Aid. These refunds will be returned to the appropriate federal programs according to regulations. Students will be responsible and billed by the college for the amount returned and any charges associated with collection of these amounts

Refunds for all other students will be calculated as follows:

  1. Refunds of tuition only are allowed for the first 25% of the term.

    Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) will grant tuition credits for students who make adjustments to their class schedules or withdraw during specific times in a semester. Students who drop classes or withdraw from the college prior to the first official day of the term or part-of-term will receive a 100% credit on their tuition and fees. Once a semester has begun, students will be responsible for a portion of their tuition and 100% of all fees for all dropped classes. Refunds for dropped courses are processed beginning 3 weeks after classes begin. Refunds are processed to the student in the form of a check, direct deposit or, if the payment was made via credit/debit card, the refund will apply to the credit/debit card used for that payment.

    After the term begins, if you are dropping a class and adding another class, the drop and add must be processed on the same day in order to exchange the fees from the dropped class for the added class. The exception is Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) courses. RODP courses are charged at a different per hour rate and are charged separately from DSCC courses. RODP courses cannot be evenly exchanged with DSCC courses.

    If you are enrolled in only one class and want to drop it and add another, you must add first.

    Tuition adjustments will be based on courses dropped. Students who register and then drop hours or withdraw completely during a fee adjustment period will be assessed a prorated fee for dropped hours. For example, fees for a student registered for 15 hours who drops to 9 hours during the 75% refund period will be re-calculated for 9 hours at the full rate per hour and 6 hours at 25%, or 1.5 hours at the full rate per hour. The difference between the re-calculated fees and the original tuition would be the refund to the student.

    Fees are adjusted based on the date the drop/withdrawal is processed through Banner online, or the date the drop/withdrawal is processed by the Records Office.

    The refund percentage will not be applied to the amount of payment, but as a percentage of adjustment of total fees. A refund would only be issued if the adjusted amount of fees is less than the amount paid by the student.

  2. 100% of the fees will be refunded for classes cancelled by the institution.
  3. 100% of the fees will be refunded for “drops” or “WITHDRAWALS” prior to the first official day of the term. No refund will be made during the official registration period.
  4. 100% refund in case of death.

The refund policy for students receiving Title IV Financial Aid is subject to change by the Federal Government.