Jun 18, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025



2024-2025 Academic Year Fees

The estimated annual cost of attendance at Holyoke Community College is $10,871 for a full-time Massachusetts resident carry­ing 12 semester hours per term. Included in this estimate are tuition, health insurance, fees, books, and supplies. Transportation and personal expenses, such as meals in the college’s cafeteria, will vary for each student. In addition, students intending to enroll in specialized areas of study such as music, hospitality management, and health or child-related studies will incur additional expenses for applied music lessons, uniforms, special supplies, and health/physical examinations.

Tuition ($288 per semester - 12 credits) $576
Student Service Fee ($145 per semester) $290
Health Insurance (Annual) $3,461
Educational Services Fee ($2,472 per semester) $4,944
Books and Supplies (Annual) $1,600


Tuition, Fees and Charges*



Application Fee (non-refundable)  
  Massachusetts Resident No Charge
  Out-of-state Resident No Charge
  International $100
Advance Payment/Non-refundable Deposit (per semester)  
  Massachusetts Residents and Out-of-state Residents No Deposit
  International Students No Deposit
Tuition (per semester, 12 credits)  
  Massachusetts Resident $288
  Massachusetts Resident/per credit $24
  Out-of-state Residents and International Students/per semester $2,760
  Out-of-state Residents and International Students/per credit $230
Health Insurance (per year) $3,461
Educational service fee ($2,472 per semester) $206 per credit
Distance learning fee (fully online courses only) $20 per credit
CEM Fee (Course, Equipment & Materials)–Designated courses only $50 per course, when applicable; $100 max per semester
Music Fee  
  for 50-minute private lessons $700
  for ½-hour private lessons $400
Late Payment Fee $20
NSF Check Fee $20
Late Registration Fee No Charge

*All tuition, fees, and expenses are subject to state and legislative action; that and other circumstances may require adjustments in the tuition and fees stated in this catalog.
Registering students should be aware that the fiscal challenges facing the college for the 2024-2025 year may require increases to the amounts listed. The college reserves the right to make such adjustments in these charges as may from time to time be required by the Board of Higher Education or the Board of Trustees. Students acknowledge this reservation by submitting applications for admission or by registering for classes.

Tuition Payments

Payments may be made by check or money order (payable to Holyoke Community College), or may be charged to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover online, or in person at the college’s Student Account Services Office. Please forward all payments to:

Holyoke Community College
ATTN: Student Account Services, Frost 221
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040-1099


Online payments by personal check or credit card can be made by logging onto HCC’s Online Services at www.hcc.edu.

Tuition and Fee* Refunds

(visit www.hcc.edu/tuition-and-aid/billing-and-refund for refund schedule)

A Course Withdrawal, College Withdrawal, or Add/Drop form must be completed to receive any refund. Refunds are based on the date the form is received, regardless of registration date or attendance.

Full-term and Flex Start Courses:

  1. Prior to and including the first week of classes: 100% of tuition/ESF/fees
  2. During the second week of classes: 50% of tuition/ESF only
  3. After the second week of classes: No refund (outstanding balance due in full)

ESF = Educational Service Fees

The following fees are not refundable after the first week of classes, as published in the academic calendar:

  • Student Services Fee, Transportation Fee, and CEM Fee.
  • NSF Check, Late Payment, and HCC Monthly Payment Plan enrollment fees are non-refundable in conjunction with withdrawal from the college at any time, including prior to the start of the semester.

*Collection costs: Past due accounts referred to collection agencies will be charged legal fees, plus collection company fees and other costs. Collection costs can be as high as 40% of the past due balance. In addition to a collection agency, unpaid accounts will be referred to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for tax intercept and/or federal refund payments.

Tuition Exemptions

Senior Waiver

Massachusetts residents 60 years old or older may attend Holyoke Community College on a space-available basis for $50 per semester (credit classes only; fee is nonrefundable). Non-credit classes are charged at the catalog rate. Seniors can only start to register for courses two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they are planning to enroll. Registrations will not be accepted after the end of the add/drop period. For more information, contact the ACT Center at 413.552.2722.

National Guard

Massachusetts residents who are members in good standing of the National Guard are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver for credit-bearing classes. Students are responsible to pay for all additonal course fees (i.e. music lessons, nursing fees, etc.). Contact the Veterans Certifying Official (DON 105) at 413.552.2189 or at veterans@hcc.edu. Visit Veterans Services for more information.


Eligible veterans, reservists, disabled veterans, and dependents of veterans may quality for an educational benefit from the Veterans Administration. Certain eligible veterans residing in Massachusetts are also entitled to a tuition waiver for credit classes. Students with tuition waivers are responsible for all fees other than tuition. Contact the Veterans Certifying Official (DON 105) at 413.552.2189 or at veterans@hcc.edu. Visit Veterans Services for more information about waivers and benefits.

Other Categorical and Non-Categorical Tuition Waivers

All Native American, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and State Tuition Remission waivers must be received by the Student Account Services Office, (Frost 221), before the first day of the semester.