Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


Community College System of New Hampshire Tuition and Fees: Academic Year 2018 – 2019

Tuition Rates

In addition to having the lowest college tuition in New Hampshire, The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) strives to make college affordable through scholarships and loans. Our affiliated Foundation provides scholarship assistance to eligible students enrolled at any College within the system, and each College offers financial aid in the forms of grant aid, work study, and loans.

CCSNH charges the following tuition rates for academic year 2018 – 2019:

  In-State and all online courses

  New England Regional*

  Out-of-State / International

  $210 per credit hour

  $315 per credit hour

  $478 per credit hour

As an example, an Associate in Arts program is a minimum of 60 credit hours. Therefore, the total cost of the two-year program is 60 X $210, or $12,600 over two years – $3,150 per semester. This calculation does not include financial aid, nor does it include fees or credits that may be required above 60 credit hours. Rather it is intended to illustrate how per-credit-hour prices cost per-semester and per-program.

A non-refundable fee of $100 is charged for admission of international students.

*The New England Regional Student Program is available through the New England Board of Higher Education (

Tuition Discounts

In addition to financial aid and scholarships, CCSNH offers discounts for many people. These include:

  • Students who live within fifty miles of a College, but may be out-of-state, pay the in-state rate, instead of New England Regional.
  • CCSNH charges dual enrollment students in our Early College program half-price tuition
  • Dual-credit students taught in NH high schools as part of the Running Start program pay only $150 per course (prorated for courses fewer than three credit hours).
  • Full-time CCSNH employees do not pay tuition, nor comprehensive student and academic instruction fee.
  • Their dependents pay half-price tuition, plus applicable fees.
  • Each Running Start faculty member receives one course voucher for every Running Start course taught to cover cost of tuition (fees excluded) and may elect to transfer this voucher.
  • Preceptors / Clinical or practicum supervisors receive non-transferable fifty percent tuition vouchers for one course or workshop (these cannot be combined with any other discount).
  • Senior citizens pay half price tuition on credit courses, as well as all applicable fees.
  • National Guard members meeting prerequisites of the National Guard Education Assistance Program do not pay tuition, though are subject to all applicable fees and must matriculate into a degree-enhancing program.

Beyond the above, CCSNH provides discounts and full tuition waivers for many students, including for programs listed above.  For information on these and other scholarships, call your College’s Financial Aid Office.


In addition to tuition, CCSNH charges fees to ensure our facilities and programs have the most up-to-date facilities, materials and equipment.

The comprehensive student services fee differs per-College since CCSNH calculates it by the levels of staff and facilities required at each College. See below for per-credit-hour costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Great Bay

Lakes Region




River Valley

White Mountains









In addition, CCSNH charges academic fees for specific programs and courses. These include:

Academic Instruction Fee

$110 per lab-based credit hour, excluding co-op and internship courses.

Clinical Surcharge

$500 per semester for nursing, dental, diagnostic medical sonography, orthopaedic technology, surgical technology, paramedic programs


Some programs require drug testing, liability insurance, and pre-admission examination. These rates are listed below.

Drug Testing


Student Personal Professional Liability Insurance

$20 - $60, depends on program

Pre-Admission Exam For Nursing / Dental

Up to $100

Pre-Admission Re-scheduling Fee



In addition to the above, each CCSNH College offers some programs that have other fees associated with recovering costs for equipment in use in particular courses and areas of study. These are listed in full detail in the section “Per-College Fees” below.

Credit for prior learning

Students should take advantage of opportunities to earn credit for prior learning, whether through portfolio assessment, standardized exam, or other mechanisms. For the 2018-2019 academic year, rates for such services are as follows:

Credit by Examination (generic)

$25 per credit

Skills Assessment Manager


Collegiate Level Examination Program (CLEP) Administration


Experiential Learning, including portfolio review

50 percent of per-credit cost of tuition

Broader portfolio review. Non-CCSNH students pay $50 for proctored exams.

Payment Plans

Payment plan fees typically include five percent of the deferred amount, or a fee consistent with what is charged by an outside vendor, whichever is smaller. Students may be subject to payment plan late fees up to $20, or up to $50 for failure to pay tuition and fees prior to the start of the semester.

All tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Fees- Additional Information

For more information on fees associated with specific programs of study, costs for housing at Lakes Region or NHTI, facilities rentals, and other supplemental information, please click here.