What is the cost of tuition – how is tuition calculated?
Review the COTC tuition cost
breakdown, which outlines the fee per credit hour based upon
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
What are ways I can pay my tuition?
Students who qualify can use Financial Aid
– Students with finalized financial aid will
start to see their aid post to their accounts 10 days prior to
the start of the semester. Please view your account at
my.cotc.edu – COTCconnect – My Student Financial Accounts – View
Accounts and Make Payments. All pending financial aid will
be viewable here. If you do not see your financial aid, please
contact our office to determine why your aid is not pending.
If your aid is not enough to cover your balance, you
will need to make a payment out of pocket by the published due
Students can pay out of pocket either in full or by
Students can use external funding to pay
tuition - External funding sources can be
employer-funded assistance, third party or other agency
The deadline for submission of employer, third party, or agency
sponsorship is the first Friday of classes each semester. Late
submission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and does not
guarantee acceptance or processing of payment.
COTC does not accept employer, third party or agency sponsorship
that is grade dependent in order for payment to be issued.
COTC recommends submitting requests for College Savings,
529 or Ohio Tuition Trust payments 4-6 weeks before the start of
the semester. Please include student name and COTC ID# on checks
and mail to Student Financial Services Office, 1179
University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
Students who qualify can use
veteran benefits – COTC works with students
receiving a variety of veteran’s benefits including VR&E, GI
Bill, Ohio National Guard Scholarship, Federal Tuition Assistance
& Military Spouse Career Advancements Accounts (MyCAA).
Please visit our Veteran’s
Educational Benefits page for additional information about
all of the benefits available and what your next steps should be.
Students can enter into a consortium agreement –
Many students take COTC classes while enrolled at another
college, either to fulfill prerequisites or to earn their degree
more quickly. Students participating in these courses at
COTC may be able to receive various types of aid from their home
institutions by initiating a Consortium Agreement between the two
institutions. If you believe that this agreement may pertain to
you, please contact Lisa Gangwer at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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 withdrawal from the semester. Please
consult with Student Financial Services anytime 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 4th 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 schedule
for spring semester courses.
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
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:
- Login to my.cotc
- Click Students in COTCconnect
- Click My Student Financial Accounts
- Click Direct Deposit Information – Non-Payroll.
- Complete and submit the form
Students will be sent a 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
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 740.366.9524.