Jul 15, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Costs and Payments

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are set annually by the Board of Governors. The appropriate tuition rate is determined by whether a student is categorized as an in-state resident or a non-resident and whether a course is subject to differential tuition.

Tuition, fees, and refunds are subject to change without notice. See www.pima.edu/tuition for the most up-to-date information.

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published payment deadlines. Failure to pay by the deadlines may result in the loss of registration or late fees. The payment deadlines for each academic term can be found at https://www.pima.edu/paying-for-college/important-dates.html. Please Note: If you are unable to pay the required tuition in full, options such as a Payment Plan may be available.

Important Notice: By registering for classes you are accepting financial responsibility for all related tuition and fees. You must drop any unwanted classes by the official drop/refund/audit deadline, or be responsible for payment of all related tuition and fees associated with those classes. Note: Pima Community College reserves the right to drop unpaid registrations at any time.

Financial Holds

If you owe an outstanding debt to the College, a financial hold will be placed on your account. You will not be allowed to register or receive any other services until your debt is paid in full. For payment options, please see https://www.pima.edu/paying-for-college/paying-your-bill/index.html.

Center for Training and Development (CTD) Costs

Center for Training and Development program costs are located on the Pima Community College website. Costs can be found on the individual program pages by visiting https://pima.edu/academics-programs/degrees-certificates/index.html​  Program cost information is accessed by clicking on the Gainful Employment Disclosure link on each program page.

Student Refund Policy for Credit Courses

Regular Refund Policy

Students who officially drop one or more classes by the refund deadline may be eligible for a refund. The drop must result in a decrease to the total tuition assessment as determined by the number of credit hours for which the student is registered and the overall credit balance on the account. Go to https://pima.edu/paying-for-college/paying-your-bill/refunds.html to determine if the drop will decrease the tuition assessment and for more information on the refunding process.

Students who drop all classes within the official refund period are eligible for a 100 percent refund of paid tuition and fees. Outstanding charges owed to the College may be deducted from the refund amount.

If the College cancels a class or classes, students will receive a 100 percent refund of paid tuition and fees for the class(es) being canceled. Tuition covered by financial assistance may be returned to the awarding entity.

Refunds are processed by the Accounts Receivable Services Office beginning the week following the drop/refund/audit deadline. For more information, go to https://pima.edu/paying-for-college/paying-your-bill/refunds.html. Note: Withdrawing from a class after the drop/refund/audit deadline will not reduce the tuition obligation or create a refund.

Regular Refund Schedule

Course Length

(Enrollment Period) Refund Deadline
Regular 16 weeks within 13 calendar days from the first class meeting or the start of the term
Seven or more weeks within seven calendar days from the first class meeting or the start date of the term. See instructor for information.
Four or more weeks within four calendar days from the first class meeting or the start of the term
Two or less than four weeks by the day of the first class meeting
less than two weeks prior to the day of the first class meeting
Noncredit/Study tours Special conditions, see Student Refund Policy for Noncredit Activities and Study Tours
Audit classes no refunds

Note: Refer to the online class schedules for start dates. Refunds will not be issued for audit classes or classes withdrawn after the official refund deadlines.

Special Refunds Policy

Students who totally withdraw from the College due to an unforeseen circumstance may request a special provision refund at the admissions office on the campus where they are taking classes. The request must be made in writing and must be made during the semester that the withdrawal occurred. Only tuition will be refunded and the amount of the refund will be prorated based on the schedule. The campus president (or designee) may approve a refund for extenuating circumstances not specifically included in the following provisions:

  1. Serious illness or injury. A written doctor’s statement verifying that an illness or injury prevented the student from completing classes must be provided.
  2. Death of a close family member. The College defines close family members as your spouse, children, parents, grandparents, siblings, grandchildren, or in-laws. Official docu mentation (such as a death certificate) must be provided in order to receive a refund.
  3. Military Temporary Duty (TDY) Assignments. The assignment must be involuntary and unforeseen as of the official deadline for dropping the classes in question. A copy of the official orders requiring the TDY must be provided with the request.

Note: The College reserves the right to refuse any special provision request.

You must make your special provisions refund request before the end of the academic term from which you withdrew. Requests for refunds made after the academic term has concluded will not be granted.

Special Provisions Refund Schedule (prorated)

Refer to www.pima.edu for specific dates.

Elapsed Portion of Class(es) Refund (paid tuition)
30% 75%
45% 50%
60% 25%
Greater than 60% No refund

Return of Title IV (R2T4) Funds

Federal regulations stipulate that when a student receives Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds and withdraws from a payment period (term), the College is required to return a percentage of those funds to the Department of Education. The College will then charge the student for unearned FSA funds that were disbursed. Please refer to the Dropping or Withdrawing from Class & Financial Aid webpage at www.pima.edu/paying-for-school/financial-aid/dropping-withdrawing for more information.