2018-2019 Catalog Winter Update

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition Rates

Tuition and Fee Payment Info

Financial Aid

Veterans Benefits

Scholarships

Student Loans

Credit Balance/Refunds

Tuition Rates

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 Tuition Rates Per Contact Hour

KVCC In-District $107.00
Michigan Out-of-District $184.00
Out-of-State $247.00
International $279.00

Non-refundable general fees and non-refundable usage fees:

  • General fees (applicable to all students registering for courses):
    • $34.00 per semester enrollment fee
    • $84.00 per semester general fee
  • Usage fees (applicable only to those students using specific services/programs):
    • Distance Learning Fee

      An additional per contact hour fee will be charged for any course that requires at least a portion of the class to be conducted online. This includes courses identified as being taught on the web (online) and hybrid (blended) courses that combine classroom and online instruction. The fee for all students will be $25 per contact hour.

    • Repeat Course Fee

      A $200 per contact hour fee will be charged for students enrolling more than three times in the same course. If you wish to enroll in a course you have already taken at least three times, you must see a counselor for permission to register. Please call 269.488.4100 to schedule an appointment.

Books and supplies are additional out-of-pocket expenses. These expenses are not included with tuition charges. Our Financial Aid Department estimates books and supplies costs at $660 per semester for a full-time student. The actual cost can vary based on a student's curriculum and course load.

Tuition due dates can be found at www.kvcc.edu.

Tuition and Fee Payment Info

Payment Process

After registering for classes, students may review account balances on the web under View Account Detail and Pay.

Methods of Payment:

  • Online
  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express)
  • E-check

    Note: Partial payments will not hold classes unless enrolled in the Payment Plan (see below).

  • In person - cash, check or money order made payable to KVCC written for the exact amount of tuition and fees, and credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express).
  • By Mail - check or money order made payable to KVCC written for the exact amount of tuition and fees. Please include your Valley ID number on checks and money orders. Allow 4-5 business days if mailing payment.
  • Phone payments are not accepted

Send payment to:

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Attn: Cashier Office/Pay Station

P.O. Box 4070

Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070

Payment plans are available. Set Up Your Payment Plan Online

Payment is transferable to new classes if the drop/add is made during the refund period. Please see the refund schedule for more information.

Tuition refunds will be credited back to the original credit card. If payment was made by check or in cash, a check will be mailed to the address on file with Admissions, Registration and Records.

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to apply for federal, state, and local sources of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. To determine financial aid eligibility, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation also offers privately funded scholarships and awards through the college’s Financial Aid Office. These scholarships are funded by corporations, businesses, and private individuals for the benefit and support of Kalamazoo Valley students.

Financial aid advisors are available to provide additional information and assistance. Check the Kalamazoo Valley web page at www.kvcc.edu/finaid and the Financial Aid Office for more information. Students should become familiar with the college’s My Valley system for access to their financial aid status. Appointments with a financial aid advisor can be made by contacting the Financial Aid Office at 269.488.4340.

The Financial Aid Office is located in Room 9210 on the Texas Township Campus and Room 120 at the Arcadia Commons Campus. The telephone numbers are 269.488.4340 for the Texas Township Campus and 269.373.7832 for the Arcadia Commons Campus.

The Carl D. Perkins Special Populations Program provides financial aid assistance and academic support services to eligible students. The goal is to help students become financially self-supporting and personally independent. To be eligible, an applicant must meet the definition of a special population student. Members of special populations must be in an occupational program and fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Individuals with a disability
  • Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children
  • Nontraditional training and employment participants
  • Single parents
  • Displaced homemakers
  • Individuals with limited English proficiency

Applicants with the greatest financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office are given priority. They could be eligible for tuition reimbursement through this program depending on the availability of funds. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 269.488.4340 for more information.

Veterans Benefits

Kalamazoo Valley has been recognized by the state of Michigan as an institution qualified and equipped to provide education at the collegiate level through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which offers educational assistance to eligible veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

Veterans may apply for VA benefits under Chapter 30 – Montgomery G.I. Bill, Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Chapter 1606 – Selected Reserve, and Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans.

Dependents of those veterans who have serious disabilities as a result of their military service and survivors of veterans whose deaths were service-connected may be eligible for veteran’s benefits to attend college under the act’s Chapter 35. Veterans enrolling under the 1966 federal legislation are required to pay their tuition and fees, and buy their books and supplies.

The VA has regulations requiring all community colleges to establish and monitor standards of progress. These include:

Academic Progress Standards for Credit-Based Programs

  • Students certified to receive educational benefits are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0.
  • They must also satisfactorily complete – with a grade of 1.0 or better – at least 75 percent of the credit hours for which they are enrolled during any enrollment period.

Students who fail to meet these minimum standards will be placed on probation during the next enrollment period for which they are certified to receive educational benefits. Students who fail to meet all standards but demonstrate progress will be given a second probationary semester. To demonstrate progress is to show any improvement in a payment period of academic work as compared to the prior certified payment period. Improvement includes percent of classes completed and/or grade-point average.

Academic Progress Standards for Clock Hour-Based Programs and Academies

All clock hour programs and academies are divided into payment periods. Progress is monitored at the end of each payment period. Students who successfully complete a payment period continue in good standing. Students who fail to successfully complete a payment period are placed on probation during the next enrollment period for which they are certified to receive educational benefits. Students who fail to meet all standards but demonstrate progress will be given a second probationary payment period. To demonstrate progress is to show any improvement in a payment period of academic work as compared to the prior certified semester. Improvement is determined by instructor evaluation.

Students who show no progress after their first semester of probation or who do not meet all standards upon completion of their second semester of probation will not be certified to receive benefits for subsequent enrollment periods. These students may reapply for certification when they have met the minimum standards for at least one full enrollment period prior to the period for which they are applying.

Veterans should know that unsatisfactory progress will be reported to the VA. “Standards of Progress” will include all classes and all grades – including 0.0 – to evaluate progress. Recipients of veteran’s benefits will be notified by mail when they are not in compliance with the standards. Veterans and nonveterans who are receiving benefits while attending Kalamazoo Valley are required to immediately notify the college’s Financial Aid Office if they withdraw, drop, or cancel any classes. This notification should be made in writing within one week of the first day of attendance for each class.

The Financial Aid Office is available to answer any questions regarding VA benefits. Application for these benefits should be made well in advance of registering for classes at Kalamazoo Valley. Applications are available in Room 9210 on the Texas Township Campus, 269.488.4340, or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov.

Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office at Kalamazoo Valley processes numerous scholarships each year. Funding for scholarships is provided by Federal, State, Institution, private sources, and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.

https://www.kvcc.edu/admissions/finaid/scholarships/

Student Loans

Student loans are one of four types of financial aid. Student loans are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest. When used properly, student loans can be a good resource to assist with college costs.

Before considering a student loan, you should exhaust all other financial aid types, such as grants, scholarships and work-study. To determine eligibility for these programs you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov at no cost to the applicant. If you choose to borrow, we recommend exhausting federal loan eligibility prior to alternative loans.

Federal Student Loans

Other Loan Options

Loan Information

Credit Balance/Refunds

Credit balance/refunds are run weekly and are available on Fridays beginning the fourth week of the semester. A credit balance/refund will be available if you have financial aid funds remaining after your tuition, fees, and book and supply authorization have been deducted. Financial aid refunds are issued after financial aid eligibility has been reviewed and your instructors have verified that you have met their class attendance standards. Changes in enrollment status due to dropping classes, withdrawing after the refund period or not meeting class attendance standards, may result in refund delays or a reduction in your financial aid, which may result in you repaying financial aid and/or tuition or book costs.