Tuition and Fees


College is an investment in you. At COTC, our tuition is affordable and among the lowest in the state. Our Student Financial Services team wants to help you understand tuition costs, ways to pay tuition, and how to keep your account current.


Pay Your Tuition

Autumn 2024 tuition due date: Aug. 19 or the day of registration if registering after.

​​Your tuition must be in a paid status to avoid late fees and/or the drop for nonpayment/deregistration fees. 

Paying tuition online is the most convenient and safest way to make a payment. You can choose from one of the following payment methods:

  • Credit or Debit Card — Use your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express debit or credit card number for payment processing.
    NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2024, a 2.88% (or minimum of $2.95) nonrefundable convenience fee is assessed by our payment processor for all debit and credit card transactions.
  • Electronic Check Payment (ACH) — Use your bank account and routing number for funds withdrawal from your account.
    NOTE: There are no fees associated with this kind of transaction.

COTC also accepts certified and personal checks, and money orders. A $30.00 fee may be assessed for all returned checks or rejected electronic check payments. Please be sure to double check your bank account information before submitting your online payments.

COTC does not accept cash payments.

If you have questions or need assistance with the payment process, please contact the student financial services office at 740.366.9435 or

Pay online


Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition, fees, textbooks and supplies*

Associate Degree

Based upon average 15 credit hours per semester; minimum 60 credit hours for completion

Tuition and Fees: $13,140
Textbooks/Supplies: $1,200

One-Year Certificate

Based upon average 15 credit hours per semester; minimum 30 credit hours for completion

Tuition and Fees: $6,570
Textbooks/Supplies: $600

Short-Term Certificate

Based upon total average 16 credit hours for completion

Tuition and Fees: $2,628
Textbooks/Supplies: $600

Average Annual Cost 

The average annual cost of attendance is based on the average annual net price that a student who receives federal financial aid pays to cover expenses (e.g., tuition, living expenses) to attend a school. Net price is the school’s cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.

Net price: $10,449

Source: College Scorecard, last updated 6/13/2024

*Total cost will vary depending on total number of credits required for the certificate or degree, individual course fees, full-time or part-time enrollment, and textbooks/supplies requirements. This is an estimate based upon averages.



COTC tuition is a per credit hour dollar amount. The amount of tuition a student is charged is based on the number of classes and total credit hours taken each semester. 

Tuition and fees are subject to change due to board approval, course requirements and/or accreditation.

In-State Tuition

Beginning autumn semester 2024, tuition will be $219 per credit hour.

In-state tuition is capped at $2,628 for any student taking 12-18 credit hours (full-time enrollment).

Students who take more than 18 credit hours are charged $2,628 plus $219 per additional credit hour taken.

Credit Hours Tuition Rate
1 219.00
2 438.00
3 657.00
4 876.00
5 1,095.00
6 1,314.00
7 ​1,533.00
8 1,752.00
9 1,971.00
10 2,190.00​
11 2,409.00​
12-18 2,628.00
19 2,847.00
20 ​3,066.00

Non-Resident Tuition

Out-of-State Residents pay a per credit hour surcharge on top of the in-state tuition rate.

Nonresident fee: $334 per credit hour (Additional $115 per credit hour added to the $219 in-state tuition rate)

Non-Resident tuition is capped at $4,008 total tuition for any student taking 12-18 credit hours (full-time enrollment).

Books and Supplies

Remember to budget​ for books and supplies including things like software and uniforms/scrubs. The average cost of books and supplies is approximately $150 per course. Please see the miscellaneous fees and course fees listings below for details regarding other COTC fees.

Miscellaneous Fee Schedule

Acceptance Fee

One-time fee; degree- or certificate-seeking account

If you have not given permission to allow financial aid to cover your acceptance fee, please click here to access the form


Fingerprinting Fee

As required by program

$25 BCI (Ohio)

$35 FBI

Academic Assessment Test Fee

As required by program

$5 to $50 each
Tuition Plan Payment Fee $27 ($21 for summer) each semester
Late Tuition Plan Payment Fee $15

e-Transcript Fee

First two are FREE

Any additional requests: $10 each

Diploma Replacement Fee $20 each
Reenrollment Fee $55
Academic Assessment Fee $50
Replacement Student ID Fee $20

Course Fees

Updated for Autumn 2024

Course ID

Fee Description


Applied Sciences
BIO130 BIO130 Inclusive Access Text 139.43
BIO130 Biology Online Lab Supply Kit 110.00
BIO131 Biology Online Lab Supply Kit 110.00
PHYS105 PHYS 105 Inclusive Access Text  117.96
BUS110 BUS110 Inclusive Access Text 117.96
BUS115 BUS115 Inclusive Access Text 117.96
BUS120 BUS120 Inclusive Access Text 117.96
BUS210 BUS210 Inclusive Access Text 117.96
Law Enforcement/Peace Officer Basic Training
LET107 Ammunition Fee 350.00
LET238 Simunition Training Fee 200.00
LET249 PT Uniforms 275.00
LET293 Ammunition Fee  350.00
LET294 Ammunition Fee 250.00
MTH123 MATH 123 Inclusive Access Text 96.51
MTH123C MATH 123C Inclusive Access Text  96.51
MTH130 MATH 130 Inclusive Access Text 107.24
MTH130C MATH 130C Inclusive Access Text 107.24
MTH140 MATH 140 Inclusive Access Text  96.51
MTH140C MATH140C Inclusive Access Text 96.51
MTH150 MATH 150 Inclusive Access Text 96.51
MTH200 MATH 200 Inclusive Access Text 96.51
DMS201 DMS SPI Examination 250.00
DMS221 DMS AB Specialty Exam Fee 275.00
DMS234 DMS Adult Echo Exam Fee 275.00
DMS241 DMS Vascular Specialist Exam 365.00
DMS490 DMS OB/GYN Specialty Exam Fee 275.00
DMS495 Clinical Sonography II Exam 275.00
DNTL101 Dental Auxilliary Course Fee 900.00
HLT121 NCET Certification Exam 119.00
HLT145 Phlebotomy Lab Fee 30.00
HLT150 NCCT Certification Exam 119.00
MCDE106 MCDE Exam, Study Guide and Credentialing 859.00
NPN109 Nurse Tim 70.00
NPN118 Exam Soft and View Point 92.00
NPN118 Lab Supplies – PN Fundamentals 40.00
NPN120 Lab Supplies – Health Alt 1 20.00
NPN121 Lab Supplies – Mat/Child Nrsg 20.00
NURS107 ViewPoint Health Records 20.00
NURS108 Lab Supplies – Fundamentals 30.00
NURS117 Lab Supplies – Adult Health 1 20.00
NURS201 Lab Supplies – Adult Health 3 20.00
NURS210 ViewPoint Health Records 20.00
NURS213 Lab Supplies – Mgmt of Care 30.00
NURS214 Lab Supplies – Mgmt of Care 30.00
NURS216 ViewPoint Health Records 20.00
NURS216 Lab Supplies – Par to RN Tran 50.00
RAD188 Dosimeter start-up **pending ODHE approval 70.00
RAD186 Dosimeter monitors **pending ODHE approval 52.00
RAD284 Dosimeter monitors **pending ODHE approval 52.00
RAD286 Dosimeter monitors **pending ODHE approval 52.00
RAD288 Dosimeter monitors **pending ODHE approval 52.00
RAD186 OH Society membership**pending ODHE approval  30.00
RAD154 American Society membership **pending ODHE approval 30.00
RAD288 OH Society practice exam **pending ODHE approval 10.00
RAD255 Radiographer Cert Exam  225.00
SURG103 Surgical Counts App **pending ODHE approval 40.00
SURG105 Lab Supplies – Basic St Lab 250.00
SURG206 Surg Tech Certification Exam 247.00
SURG203 Surg Tech Practice Cert Exam 40.00
PSY100 PSY 100 Inclusive Access Text 92.32
PSY200 PSY 200 Inclusive Access Text 92.32
PSY210 PSY 210 Inclusive Access Text 92.32

COTC Student Data

Find information on COTC student degree completion rates and post-graduation student debt rates, student loan default rates and employment rates.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of tuition? How is tuition calculated?

Review the COTC tuition chart, which outlines the fee per credit hour based on residency status. 

Academic plans of study show how many classes and credit hours a student must take to complete a certificate or degree. Find the plan of study for the program you are interested in to help calculate tuition based on the total number of credit hours needed to complete a certificate or degree. 

What happens if I change my schedule or drop a class?

We understand that life happens and sometimes you may need to drop a class or withdraw from the semester.  Please consult with Student Financial Services any time one of these changes is made. There are established refund schedules for all courses and depending on when you withdraw will determine if there are a tuition refund and a financial aid adjustment. 

For most full-semester courses, students have the first 14 days of the semester to drop or withdraw and receive a 100% tuition refund. After the 14th day, the student will be responsible to pay for the course(s). First and second term courses can be dropped up to the fourth day of the course and receive a 100% refund. Flexibly scheduled courses and some other courses that have attendance requirements may have a specialized refund date. View the list of courses and their refund deadlines. 

Please review the academic calendar to determine when a class can be dropped for a full tuition refund.  Flex and term courses have specific dates determined each semester so please contact us with specific questions.

Once you pass the 100% refund period for a course, you will be responsible for the entire cost of that class.  If you received financial aid for those classes, your aid could be reversed and you would be responsible to pay back any excess financial aid you received that you did not earn by dropping your classes.

If I qualify for a refund, when and how do I get it?

Excess financial aid or a refund is disbursed during the fifth week of the semester once attendance has been reported.  The excess financial aid refunding process will begin after aid is disbursed.  You will be notified by email to your COTC email account if a refund has been processed.

We strongly encourage all students to sign up for direct deposit to receive their refunds in the quickest way possible.  To enter your direct deposit information:

  • Log in to my.cotc.
  • Locate the Student Financial Services card.
  • Click Direct Deposit.
  • Click Direct Deposit Information – Non-Payroll. 
  • Complete and submit the form.

Students will receive notification from Student Financial Services once any refund has been processed.

What happens if my account is past due?

Throughout the semester and at the end of every semester, we review accounts that are past due and add financial holds. Students cannot register for classes when they have a financial hold.

Once a student is no longer enrolled, accounts will be added to past due accounts receivable.  Students will receive a series of letters and emails notifying them of an outstanding balance and encouraging them to set up an internal payment plan with the end goal of paying off any balance within twenty-four months.

If students fail to communicate or do not make sufficient payments, they may be placed with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (OAG), as they act as the institution’s collection agency. The OAG assesses collection costs and there may also be additional collection charges assessed. The OAG also has the ability to pull student’s Ohio State refund taxes or lottery winners to offset debts owed to the institution. 

If you have questions about a past due account, please contact Teresa McGinnis at 740.364.9524.