College Catalog: Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee costs for legal residents of North Carolina and out-of-state students can be found in the Tuition and Fees section of the website.

Tuition for Curriculum Students

All tuition and fees are due and payable on the official days of registration. Students registering via Self-Service may pay by credit card or personal check (electronic transfer) during the registration transaction. Students may also pay by cash, check, money order, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) in person at the Orange County Campus, or on Main Campus in the Admissions, Registration, and Records office in the Wynn Center (Building 10), or at the Cashier's Window in the White Building (Building 1) entrance foyer. Students will not receive a bill and are responsible for paying by the established deadlines. Partial payments or credits are not accepted. No refund of a check made payable to Durham Tech will be given to a student except at the written request of the person making the remittance, and the written request must be mailed directly to the Durham Tech Student Accounts office at 1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham, NC, 27703.

Tuition for Continuing Education Students

Registration fees are listed in the noncredit course schedule under each course description. Additional fees and payment options are outlined on the Continuing Education Registration web page.

Tuition for Two Colleges

If a student wishes to enroll at Durham Tech and another college in the North Carolina Community College System for the same semester, the total amount of tuition and fees may be paid to the student’s home college. The home college is the college at which the student initially registers for classes. The home college assumes responsibility for arranging with the other college the student’s enrollment in appropriate courses without further charge. This arrangement shall be made by an exchange of letters between the colleges involved.

Tuition Fee Basis

North Carolina law (General Statute 115D) establishes the North Carolina Community College System’s tuition and fees. Tuition charges are for credit hours enrolled. Credit hours are calculated as follows: one lecture hour, two or three laboratory hours, three clinical hours, or ten work experience hours equal one credit hour. The tuition rate per credit hour applies to all regularly enrolled students. Tuition is subject to change by the N.C. General Assembly.

Students are charged tuition based on the number of credit hours taken per semester up to a maximum amount for students enrolled for 16 or more credit hours per semester. Students are not charged for additional credit hours over 16 per semester.

Tuition for Self-Support Courses

Tuition may vary for courses offered as "self-support," which means it is based on the number of students enrolled in each class. Students must pay for all hours taken in self-support courses. Senior citizens and Durham Tech employees must also pay for self-support courses.

Student Fees

View the current list of student fees. Please note that all fees are subject to change.

All curriculum students are charged a student administrative fee to support student clubs and activities, computer and technology use, college parking and security, student ID cards, and accident insurance for students participating in college classes and functions.

A supply fee is charged for some credit courses due to students’ use of a higher than average number of supplies.

Continuing Education students pay a college access, parking, and security fee (CAPS) and a computer use and technology fee. Some courses have an associated insurance fee. Students enrolled in classes where tuition is waived are not required to pay the CAPS fee.

Adult High School students do not pay a parking fee for or a student ID fee.

Transcript Fee

A fee is charged for each official copy of a student’s transcript. There is no charge for an “issued to student” copy. More information about transcripts can be found on the Order Transcripts web page.

Books and Supplies

Students may purchase most textbooks, supplies, instruments, and materials from the bookstore on campus. The cost of books and supplies varies with each program. Students should attend each class at least once before purchasing texts and materials. Check bookstore information for store hours and information about ordering textbooks online.

Student Insurance

Durham Tech students may be eligible to purchase Community College Student Insurance (CCSI). Learn more about requirements, benefits, enrollment, and costs. Durham Tech does not provide a student health insurance plan through the College.

Malpractice and Health Insurance

Students enrolling in nursing and other health programs that require clinical or patient care instruction must provide their own malpractice and health insurance. For more information, contact the appropriate program director.

Insurance for Study Abroad

Participants in the Study Abroad course are required to pay for insurance. This fee is included in the course tuition.

Additional Expenses

Students in certain programs have additional expenses. Some programs also require lab coats and other miscellaneous supplies. Certain health programs require professional liability insurance. View a list of Course Supply and Miscellaneous Fees.

Course Cancellations and Refund Procedures

Tuition refunds for curriculum and Continuing Education classes are subject to specific requirements. Review the Course Cancellation and Refunds procedure. For curriculum deadlines, including the 10 percent point of the semester, visit the Withdrawal and Refunds web page.