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Cost of Attendance Spring 2017

For Fall 2016 Cost of Attendance click here

Costs are subject to change. Rates below are in effect as of the Fall 2016 term.

Cost of Attendance at Northern Essex Community College is primarily based on your residency and on the number of credits in which you are enrolled. Some costs are assessed per credit, other costs are flat fees, based on the number of enrolled credits.

The basic per credit cost is composed of: (1) Tuition, (2) College Fee. In addition, there are other costs which may apply: (3) Student Activity Fee, (4) Blackboard Access Fee, (5) High Cost Course Fee, (6) Facilities Fee, (7) Miscellaneous Fees, and (8) Health Insurance Premium.

Please see below for the explanation of each of these components.

Cost of Attendance: Per Credit Course Cost

(1) Tuition is based on where you officially reside. Tuition is assessed on total enrolled credits.

MA Residents $25/credit
New England Regional $38/credit
Non-residents/International $266/credit


(2) College Fee is charged to all credit courses as follow:

Regular credit courses $168/credit
*iHealth/Health credit courses $248/credit

*iHealth credit courses:

The iHealth programs at NECC are designed for students to be successful in a Health Profession career by providing a more convenient, efficient and supportive environment. All iHealth courses, both health related and general education, use a mix of in-person and online instruction—minimizing the number of trips to campus. The students are introduced to this method of teaching through additional instruction, and are provided even more support through a dedicated coach/mentor who is committed to the success of every student.


(3) Student Activity Fee is charged to all credit courses, except for 100% online courses:

All credit courses except as stated above $6/credit

(4) Blackboard Access Fee is charged to all 100% online courses:

All 100% online credit courses $5/credit

(5) High Cost Course Fee is based upon the number of credits in selected courses.

Level 1 $5/credit
Level 2 $10/credit
Level 3 $15/credit

The high cost course fee, assessed on specific courses, is based on those that require a lab component, special equipment, technology, specialized software, or additional personnel, such as laboratory technicians or clinical coordinators, to support instruction. The three levels of fees that are assessed, depend on the expenses involved in a course.

If an Online or Hybrid course is NOT on the High Cost Course list, then that course will be charged a Level 1 High Cost Course Fee of $5.00 per credit. If the Online or Hybrid course is on the High Cost Course list, then the course will be charged the fee as it appears on the list. Please click here to view the high cost course listing.

Other Costs: Not Charged Per Credit

(6) Facilities Fee is a flat fee charged to all students, based upon the number of enrolled credits. This fee is necessary to help fund the vast technology changes and upgrades, and the backlog of facilities projects and operational needs.

Students taking six or fewer credits $80 per term
Students taking seven or more credits $160 per term

(7) Miscellaneous Fees: There are other fees that may apply, depending on program requirements or individual circumstances.

Type of Fee Fee Amount
Registration Fee, charged to all students $10/semester
Malpractice Insurance, where required $14.50/academic year in all health programs
Testing Fees for Health Programs Vary, where applicable
Applied Music Surcharge $300 per course
Application/Matriculation Fee No Charge
Official Transcript Fee No Charge
Graduation Fee No Charge
Returned Check Fee, future payments must be made by money order, credit card or cash. $25

Late Registration Penalty: Assessed
to returning students registering on or after January 3, 2017