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Tuition and Fees

Lake Michigan College has the lowest tuition and fees around compared to other area community colleges and universities. Contact the Business Office at (269) 927-8610, or call any campus if you have questions about tuition and fees.

Tuition Through Summer Term 2017
Tuition rates per contact hour are:
$97.00 - In-district
$150.00 - Out-of-District
$219.50 - International
$290.00 - Baccalaureate

Tuition - Beginning Fall Semester 2017
Tuition rates per contact hour are:
$102.00 - In-district
$157.50 - Out-of-District
$230.50 - International
$290.00 - Baccalaureate


View the Residency Requirements.


Contact Hours
Lake Michigan College assigns contact hours for a course based upon the total amount of weekly instructional time a student will receive in the course. This instructional time includes all types of instruction such as lecture, lab, etc.

Contact Hour Fees
A  total of $46 in fees will be charged per contact hour to all students. The fees support services provided by the College that directly enhance the learning experience. Of the $46, $14 is assessed as a General Academic Fee, $1 as a Student Activity Fee, $14 as a Facility Usage Fee to assist in the upgrade and maintenance of the campuses, $14 as a Technology Fee to fund campus computer and classroom technology equipment upgrades, and $3 for the Student Senate Campus fund which will be used to address campus needs students identify as a priority. Other fees may be assessed based on the course structure, payment timing or late registration.

View our tuition and fees chart (through Summer Term 2017)  and the chart for the 2017-2018 academic year for a list of tuition and fees by the number of contact hours and residency.

Not sure how many contact billing hours your class has?
Use the Contact Hour Chart! This searchable list provides Academic Credit Hour and Contact Billing Hour information for each Lake Michigan College course by area of instruction.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Some classes may have additional costs above the tuition and fees outlined above.

Delinquency/Collection Fee
A 33% of total balance delinquency/collection fee will be added to all account balances not paid by the due date on the final notice.

Experiential Fee
The experiential fee is for students who, through work experience and demonstration of their knowledge, place out of classes. If you substitute work experience for a class this way and have the credits applied toward your transcript, a fee of $50 will be charged for each course.

Late Registration Fee 
A late registration fee will be charged if you register for classes after the regular registration period. During the week before the start of the semester or term, a $20 late registration fee will be charged to students registering for the first time. During the first week of classes, students may only register for or add classes that have not yet met for the first time. See the Academic Calendar in WaveLink for specific late registration dates.

Internet Course Tuition
Tuition for Internet courses offered through Lake Michigan College to students referred by Michigan Colleges Online (MCO), differs from standard tuition rates paid by accepted LMC students. The rates are:

Through Summer Term 2017
$190.00 - In-district
$270.00 - Out-of-district
$350.00 - Out-of-state

These rates are subject to change without notice.

Beginning Fall Semester 2017
$195.00 - In-district
$280.00 - Out-of-district
$365.00 - Out-of-state


For Internet courses offered through MCO only, students are eligible for in-district tuition rates if they are residents of any Michigan community college district. Michigan residents who do not live within a community college district will be charged out-of-district rates. All other students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate. The only LMC fee that is applied, in addition to the internet tuition rate, is a Late Registration fee as appropriate.

Refund Procedure
  • A 100% refund of tuition and all fees will be made if a class is canceled by the College.
  • A 100% refund of tuition and course fees will be made if a class is dropped by the student within the published drop dates.
  • For classes withdrawn after the published drop date has passed, no refund of tuition or fees will be approved. Students with extenuating situations may file a formal tuition appeal available at any campus Student Services area.

Credit Hour Limit
No student may take more than 18 semester hours without special permission from the appropriate dean or designee.  Permission may be granted in those instances where students have a 3.00 (B) cumulative GPA or better.

Full-Time Status
A student must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours to be designated as a full-time student.