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South Plains College    
 
    
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees


   

General Information

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Admission to classes or laboratories is not permissible until tuition and fees are paid. Payment of tuition and fees may be made in cash, check, money order or credit card. MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express are accepted. All students paying by check are warned to exercise due care as all checks are accepted subject to final payment by the bank. Standard withdrawal procedures must be followed in order to obtain a tuition refund and to remove a student’s name from the official class records.

All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Texas State Legislature and the South Plains College Board of Regents.

Resident Classifications

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It is the responsibility of each student attending South Plains College to register under the proper residence classification and pay the correct tuition and fees. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Rule 21.38, requires that students sign an Oath of Residency and provide proper document verification at the time of application, which is part of the admission application.

The South Plains College Board recognizes the authority of the Coordinating Board to set residency policy as authorized by the Texas Legislature and South Plains College will follow the guidelines as set forth by the Coordinating Board.

The residence classification of a student is determined by the student’s LEGAL residence as defined by the statutes of the State of Texas. The following definitions explain and clarify questions concerning residence under the present law. Additional information, if needed, may be obtained from the Dean of Admissions and Records.

Texas Resident

An adult Texas resident (18 years of age and older) is defined as one who has resided continuously within the State of Texas for 12 months immediately prior to his/her original registration for purposes other than educational. The number of years in college cannot be used towards eligibility for establishing Texas residency. A minor Texas resident is defined as one whose parent(s) or legal guardian has claimed the dependent for federal income tax purposes both at the time of enrollment and for the tax year preceding enrollment. This classification is defined by the State Auditor’s Office and must be adhered to by this institution.

Non-Resident

A non-resident student is defined as one who does not qualify as a Texas resident (out-of-state, international). A non-resident classification is presumed to be correct so long as the student is in the state primarily for the purpose of attending school. To be reclassified as a resident, after one or more years of residency, the student must show proof of intent to establish Texas as his/her own residency.

In-District

Texas resident (must have lived in Texas 12 or more months) who physically resides within the geographic boundaries of the South Plains College District (Hockley County or Whiteface CISD), excluding student housing or residence halls. To qualify for in-district tuition, a student must be 1.) 18 years of age; 2.) have been classified as a Texas resident (12 or more months); and 3.) have been a resident of the South Plains College District for a period of six months, excluding enrollment periods, before first enrollment. A student may re-classify from out-of-district to in-district status, if eligibility requirements are met and appropriate documentation is provided, after physically residing in Hockley County or Whiteface CISD for six consecutive months, excluding enrollment periods, with the intent to make South Plains College District one’s permanent home and for purposes other than educational.

Out-of-District

Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the South Plains College District (Hockley County or Whiteface CISD). Aliens living in the United States under a VISA permitting residence must meet the same requirements for qualifying for resident status for tuition purposes, as do U.S. citizens. A permanent resident must meet the same length of residency requirements as a citizen.

Reclassification Appeals

Residency reclassification appeals may be made to the Dean of Admissions and Records.  Requests may be made prior to the start of the semester, but not later than the last day of the semester for which the reclassification is being requested.

Tuition Rate

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Tuition rates at South Plains College are set by the Board of Regents of the college in accordance with the provisions of Texas statutes. Tuition rates are subject to change without notice by action of the State Legislature or the Board of Regents. Tuition will be charged according to the following schedule:

Fall and Spring Semesters

In-District Texas Resident: $26 per semester hour, with a minimum tuition charge of $52.

Out-of-District Texas Resident: $48 per semester hour, with a minimum tuition charge of $96.

Non-Resident: $64 per semester hour, with a minimum tuition charge of $384.

Five-Week Summer Sessions

In-District Texas Resident: $26 per semester hour, with a minimum tuition charge of $52 per summer session.

Out-of-District Texas Resident: $48 per semester, with a minimum tuition charge of $96 per summer session.

Non-Resident: $64 per semester hour, with a minimum tuition charge of $256 per summer session.

Levelland Campus Fees

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Students enrolling on the Levelland Campus are subject to the following fees. These fees are set by the Board of Regents of the college in accordance with the provisions of Texas statutes. Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the State Legislature or the South Plains College Board of Regents.

Instructional Support Fee $94 for the first hour,
  plus $58 per additional semester hour
Student Accident Insurance  
   Regular Term (Required of all students enrolled
       in three (3) or more semester hours
)
$10
   5-Week Summer Term (Required of all students) $5
   10-week Summer Term (Required of all students) $10

Student Health Services Fee
 
   Regular Term (Required of all students enrolled
        in six (6) or more semester hours
)
$15
   

SPC Reese Center, Byron Martin ATC,
Plainview Center Fees

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Students enrolling at the SPC Reese Center or the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center are subject to the following fees. These fees are set by the Board of Regents of the college in accordance with the provisions of Texas statutes. Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the State Legislature or the South Plains College Board of Regents.

Instructional Support Fee $111 for the first hour,
  plus $70 per additional semester hour
Student Accident Insurance  
   Regular Term (Required of all students enrolled
       in three (3) or more semester hours
)
$10
   5-week Summer Term (Required of all students) $5
   10-week Summer Term (Required of all students)  $10
 

 

Payment of Tuition and Fees

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Payment of tuition and fees is due by established payment dates for students who pre-register for classes. Payment is due at the time of enrollment for students who register during periods of open registration. Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express.

Payment by Early Registered Students

Payment for open registration is due by established due dates. Students registered during open registration must pay no later than August 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm to avoid the cancellation of the registration schedule. The payment deadline for the spring semester and summer terms will be posted on CampusConnect, in the Business Office and the Office of Admissions and Records. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE PAYMENT REACHES THE BUSINESS OFFICE BY THE ESTABLISHED DUE DATE. ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR MAIL DELIVERY. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A BILL OR STATEMENT IN THE MAIL. Failure to receive a bill or statement of account in the mail is not sufficient reason for not making payment of the required amount by the required due date. Payment is due at the time of registration for all CampusConnect registration that takes place after the August 15 open registration deadline for the Fall 2013 semester. Failure to pay will result in cancellation of all classes.

Methods of Payment

Tuition and fees may be paid using one of the following options.

Option 1: Payment in full of all tuition and fees

Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or American Express. Failure to make payment will result in the cancellation of registration.

Option 2: Installment Payment Plan

Students may request the option of paying tuition and fees in prescribed installments as provided by state law (Texas Education Code, Section 54.007a). A $30 non-refundable installment fee will be assessed. To enroll in the installment contract, log into MYSPC and go to Student CampusConnect. Select “Click here to produce a term-specific bill or make payments,” select the term, review your bill and click on Payment Plan. Place a check in the box and e-Cashier opens. Complete the information required and submit. Payment due dates will be included on the contract. Payment will automatically be charged on the predetermined due dates to the credit card or bank account provided at the time you entered into the contract. A $30 late fee will be accessed for each missed payment.

Payment in Person

Payment may be made in person at the Levelland Campus Business Office in the Administration Building, the SPC Reese Center Business Office in Building 8, or the Business Office at the SPC Plainview Extension Center.

Payment by Mail

Payment for classes may be mailed to one of the following addresses: South Plains College, Business Office, 1401 S. College Avenue, Levelland, TX 79336 or South Plains College, Business Office, 819 Gilbert, Lubbock, TX 79416. Do not mail cash. South Plains College does not accept responsibility for cash sent through the mail. Include Driver’s License number on check.

Telephone Credit Card Payments

MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express credit card payments are accepted over the phone by calling (806) 716-2408, (806) 716-4676, (806) 716-2409, or (806) 716-4617.

CampusConnect Payments

Credit card and check payments may be made on CampusConnect.  You may pay in full by credit card or e-check or you may enter into an installment contract (see Installment Payment Plan in section above) and make partial payment. To pay in full, select review/pay account, select the term and click on Pay in Full by Credit Card or Pay in Full by e-Check.

Payment at Open Registration

Payment of tuition and fees is required at the time of enrollment during periods of late registration.  Students may pay for tuition and fees in full during open registration or may pay using the Payment Installment Plan (Facts Contract) explained in the previous section.  Failure to make payment will result in the cancellation of your schedule.

Reinstatement Fee

Students who are withdrawn from classes for nonpayment and are found to be attending classes will be charged a $50 reinstatement fee when they re-enroll in the class.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

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These tuition and fee tables are provided to assist students in estimating the cost of enrolling at South Plains College. The tables provide cost totals for each SPC campus location for in-district resident students, out-of-district resident students, and  non-resident students. In-district students are those whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the South Plains College District (Hockley County and the Whiteface Independent School District). Students whose legal residence (not school address) is outside the college district are required to pay out-of-district tuition. Students who are not legal residents of the State of Texas are required to pay non-resident tuition. The cost figures presented in this table include tuition and applicable fees, including instructional support fee, student accident insurance and student health services fee. The table does not include special course or equipment fees charged for specific classes, books and supplies, or room and meals. Tables include tuition and fee estimates for fall and spring semesters only.

Levelland Campus Tuition & Fees

       
Semester In-District Out-of-District Non-Resident
Hours Resident Resident  
1 $146 $190 $478
2 $204 $248 $536
3 $298 $364 $604
4 $382 $470 $662
5 $466 $576 $720
6 $565 $697 $793
7 $649 $803 $915
8 $733 $909 $1,037
9 $817 $1,015 $1,159
10 $901 $1,121 $1,281
11 $985 $1,227 $1,403
12 $1,069 $1,333 $1,525
13 $1,153 $1,439 $1,647
14 $1,237 $1,545 $1,769
15 $1,321 $1,651 $1,891
16 $1,405 $1,757 $2,013
17 $1,489 $1,863 $2,135
18 $1,573 $1,969 $2,257
       

SPC Reese Center, BMATC & Plainview Center Tuition & Fees

       
Semester In-District Out-of-District  
Hours Resident Resident Non-Resident
1 $163 $207 $495
2 $233 $277 $565
3 $339 $405 $645
4 $435 $523 $715
5 $531 $641 $785
6 $627 $759 $855
7 $723 $877 $989
8 $819 $995 $1,123
9 $915 $1,113 $1,257
10 $1,011 $1,231 $1,391
11 $1,107 $1,349 $1,525
12 $1,203 $1,467 $1,659
13 $1,299 $1,585 $1,793
14 $1,395 $1,703 $1,927
15 $1,491 $1,821 $2,061
16 $1,587 $1,939 $2,195
17 $1,683 $2,057 $2,329
18 $1,779 $2,175 $2,463
       
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the South Plains College Board of Regents and/or the State of Texas.

 

     

Special Course Fees

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All Campuses

Additional fees for specific courses will be charged according to the schedule shown below.

$6 (Type 1)
  CSME 1434, 1435, 2414, 2415, 2444
  ELPT 1321, 1341, 1351, 1357, 1411, 2305, 2323, 2339
  ELTN 1343
  ENGR 1201, 2301, 2302, 2305
  LNWK 1143, 1241, 1301, 2322, 2324
  MATH 0315, 0320, 1314, 2412, 2413, 2414
  MUEN 1131, 1132, 1133, 1134, 1135, 1136, 1151, 1227, 1229, 1241
 

MUSI 1181, 1182, 1183

 

RNSG 2121
 

$12 (Type 2)
  ARTS 1311, 1312, 1316, 1317, 2289, 2316, 2317, 2341, 2342, 2346, 2347, 2348, 2356, 2357, 2366, 2367
  CJLE 1175, 1177
  COMM 1129, 1130, 1131, 1132, 2129, 2130, 2131, 2132, 2304, 2305, 2324, 2325, 2326, 2327
  DRAM 1120, 1121, 1241, 1330, 2120, 2121
  INMT 1311, 1343, 1345
  ITCC 1401, 1404, 2408, 2410, 2454, 2455, 2456
  ITSE 2371
  LGLA 2307
  MATH 1442
  PHED 1100, 1102, 1106, 1107, 1115, 1116, 1117, 1118, 1120, 1121, 1126, 1127, 1304, 1306, 1308, 1322, 1346, 2356
  POFT 1127
  RNSG 1105, 1115, 1144, 1271, 1412, 1443, 2307, 2313
  RSPT 2210
  VNSG 1171, 1330, 1334, 1402, 1420
 
$15 (Type 3)
 

CJLE 1119, 1171

  DRAM 1351, 1352
  ENGR 1307
  MUSP 1113
 
$18 (Type 4)
  AGRI 1231, 1307, 1311, 1319, 1325, 1329, 1415, 1419, 2317, 2321, 2322, 2371
  CDEC 1166, 1167, 1311, 1313, 1358, 1359, 2166, 2167, 2315, 2326, 2328
  CHEM 1406, 1411, 1412, 2523, 2525
  CJLE 1176, 1178
  COMM 1316, 1317, 1336, 1337, 2303, 2331, 2339
  COSC 1309, 1415, 2330, 2415
  DEMR 1230, 1317, 1442, 2348, 2445
  GEOL 1403, 1404, 2407
  HECO 1322, 1410
  ITNW 1425
  ITSC 1405
  PHED 1100, 1102, 1105, 1108, 1109, 1110, 1111, 1114, 1117, 1118, 1306, 2117, 2124, 2125, 2126
  PHYS 1401, 1402, 1405, 1411, 2425, 2426
  PTHA 1321, 1405, 1531
  READ 0301, 0420, 1314
  RNSG 1441
  RSPT 1207, 1240
  SPAN 1200, 1305, 2311, 2312
  TECA 1303, 1311, 1318
 
$22 (Type 5)
  ACNT 1311
  AGRI 1309, 1311, 2374
  BIOL  1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1411, 1413, 2306, 2316, 2401, 2402, 2416, 2420
  EMSP 2243
  PSYT 1429
  RADR 2366
 
$24 (Type 6)
  ARTS 2341, 2342
  CJLE 1506, 1512, 1518
  COMM 2311, 2366
  DEMR 1313, 1410, 2432
  ELPT 1329, 1345
  INEW 2434
  ITDF 1400, 2420, 2425, 2430, 2435
  ITNW 1451,1454, 2411, 2413
  ITSC 1425
  ITSE 1402, 1411, 2413
  ITSW 2434, 2437
  ITSY  1442
  LNWK 1271, 1277
  MCHN 1308, 1332, 1338, 2341, 2447
  MRMT 1407
  MUSB 1341, 2301
  MUSC 1330
  MUSP 1200, 1251
  NCBM 0100
  POFI 2331, 2401, 2440
 

POFM 1317

  POFT 1309, 1429, 2331
  RADR 1213
 

RSPT 2325, 2353

 

SPAN 1511, 1512
 

$35 (Type 7)
 

ABDR 1301, 1307, 1315, 1327, 1331, 1419, 1442, 1449, 1458, 2353, 2355, 2357, 2431, 2435, 2437, 2449, 2451

  ACNT 2302
  ARTV 1372
  BCIS 1405
  CETT 1425, 1429, 1441
  CPMT 1405
  CSME 1310, 1401, 1405, 1443, 1447, 1451, 1453, 2343, 2401, 2439, 2441
  DEMR 1301, 1323, 1405, 1416, 2434
  EECT 2439
  ELPT 2419
  EMSP 1438, 1355, 1356, 2248, 2434, 2444
  FLMC 2330
  HART 1403, 1407, 1441, 1445, 2431, 2434, 2436, 2438, 2441, 2442, 2449
  INMT 1370, 2370
  MUAP 1160, 1162, 1163, 1164, 1165, 1166, 1167, 1168, 1169
  MUSC 1431, 1450, 2101, 2433, 2447, 2448, 2451, 2455
  MUSP 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1110, 1111, 1115, 1117, 1128, 1212, 1213, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2135, 2137, 2140, 2143, 2147, 2149, 2202
  PHED 1100, 1112
  RADR 1411, 2301
  RSPT 1331, 1429, 2247, 2314
  VNSG 1400, 1409, 1410
 
$50 (Type 8)
  AUMT 1301, 1306, 1316, 1407, 1410, 1419, 1445, 2310, 2328, 2357, 2413, 2417, 2421, 2425, 2434
  DEMR 1406, 1449
  HART 1256
  MCHN 1401
  MUSC  1325
  PHED 1253
  PTHA 1513, 2509
  RNSG 1160, 2260, 2261, 2460, 2461, 2462
  VNSG 1260, 2661, 2662
  WIND 1370, 2310
  WLDG 1307, 1412, 1417, 1428, 1430, 1434, 1453, 1457, 2406, 2435, 2447, 2451, 2453
 
$60 (Type 9)
  CETT 1509
  ELMT 2435
  EMSP 1501
  FCEL 1305
  MUAP 1260, 1262, 1263, 1264, 1265, 1266, 1267, 1268, 1269
  MUSB 2301
  MUSC 1371, 1400, 1405, 2459
  MUSP 1127, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1206, 1209, 1210, 1211, 1215, 1217, 1221, 1223, 1227, 1228, 1240, 1246, 1250, 1253, 1270, 2130, 2230, 2231, 2232, 2233, 2235, 2237, 2240, 2243, 2247, 2249, 2252
  PTHA 2260, 2461, 2462
  RBPT 2345
  RBTC 1305
  SRGT 1405, 1409, 1442, 1541
  WIND 2355
 
$94 (Type 10)
  CPMT 2334
  MUSP 1202
  PTHA 1301, 2535
 
$75 (Type 11)
  ARCE 1352
  ARCH 1315
  ARTC 1302, 1313, 1317, 1349, 1359, 2317, 2333, 2335, 2405, 2449
  ARTV 1303, 1371, 2341, 2371, 2372, 2373, 2374
  DFTG 1302, 1305, 1309, 1317, 1345, 2300, 2302, 2317, 2321, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2338, 2340, 2347
  ENGR 1304
  FIRS 1301, 1313, 1319, 1323, 1329, 1407, 1433
  IMED 1316, 1345, 2315, 2445
  MUSC 1423, 2402
  PHED 1112, 1113, 1119, 1146, 1147, 2113, 2146, 2147
 
$195 (Type 12)
  MUSC 1327, 1427, 2427
 
$125 (Type 13)
  ARTV 2470
  CJLE 1211, 2237
  MUSC 2403, 2453
  PTHA 2250
 
$150 (Type 14)
  CJLE 1524
 

 

Student Test Fee

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 In certain technical programs, students complete capstone experience requirements by taking an industry-standard exam. A student test fee is assessed in the following courses for this purpose.

 
$90 (Type 1)
  INMT 2370
  ITCC 1401, 1404, 2408, 2410, 2454, 2455, 2456
 
$140 (Type 2)
  INMT 1370
  WIND 1370
 
$190 (Type 3)
     SRGT 2661
 
$360 (Type 5)
  PTHA 2339
  RNSG 2130
  RSPT 2130, 2366
 
$100 (Type 6)
  EMSP 1167
 
$110 (Type 7)
 

EMSP 2268
 

$25 (Type 9)
  ARTC 2335
  NCBM 0100
 

SRGT 1291
 

$15 (Type 10)
  ACNT 2302
  AUMT 1410, 2417
  DEMR 1405
  SRGT 1291
  WLDG 1417, 2435
 
$35 (Type 11)
  HART 1256
 
$50 (Type 12)
 

HART 1441, 2442
 

$60 (Type 13)
  COMM 1238

 

Student Accident Insurance Fee

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All students enrolled in three (3) or more semester hours for the fall or spring semester are required to participate in an accident insurance plan. Students enrolled in one (1) or more hours in the summer session are required to participate in an accident insurance plan. This plan provides 24-hour coverage on and off campus for medical expenses up to $2,000 resulting from accidental injury.

This is an accident policy, not a health insurance plan. Students will be charged $10 per semester or $5 per five-week summer term. There is a $10 charge for a 10-week summer term.

Program Liability Insurance Fee

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Students who enroll in the following programs and/or courses on either a full-time or part-time basis will be subject to a program liability insurance fee as follows $15 Fall; $15 Spring; $10 per summer term. Students enrolling in Emergency Medical Services will be charged a liability insurance fee prorated as follows: $60 fall; $60 spring; $25 per Summer term.

CDEC 1166, 1167, 2166, 2167  
CSME 1310, 1401, 1405, 1434, 1435, 1443, 1447, 1451, 1453, 2337, 2343, 2401, 2414, 2415, 2439, 2441, 2444  
EDUC 1301, 2301
EMSP 1160, 1161, 1162, 1167, 2260, 2268  
PTHA 1405, 2260, 2461, 2462, 2509, 2535  
PSYT 1164, 1165, 2264  
RADR 1260, 1266, 2167, 2366, 2367  
RNSG 1160, 2260, 2261, 2460, 2461, 2462  
RSPT 1160, 1261, 1266, 2266, 2367  
SRGT 1409, 1560  
VNSG 1260, 2661, 2662
 

Student Health Services Fee

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All students enrolled in six (6) or more semester hours for the fall or spring semester on the Levelland Campus participate in the Student Health Services program. The fee is not assessed during summer sessions.

Online Course Support Fee

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Students enrolled in online classes will be charged an additional $12 per credit hour.

Repeat Course Fee

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Students who are enrolling in a class for the third or more time, will be charged an additional $75 per credit hour for that class. This fee is the result of the state legislature’s decision to no longer fund public colleges and universities for classes repeated three or more times. Some courses may be exempt from this new rule. Please check with your advisor for additional information.

Other Fees

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South Plains College maintains these additional fees. These fees are set by the Board of Regents of the college in accordance with the provisions of Texas statutes. Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the South Plains College Board of Regents.

Late Registration Fee $15
Change of Schedule Fee $5
Reinstatement Fee $50
Returned Check Fee $30
ADN or Vocational Nursing Entrance Exam Fee $30
Surgical Technology Entrance Exam Fee $30
Cosmetology Entrance Exam Fee $5
Police Academy Application Fee $50
TCLEOSE Test Fee $30
TSI Assessment Fee $30
Accuplacer Test Fee $30
Institutional Exam Fee $60
Tuition and Fee Installment Fee $30
Diploma Replacement Fee $25
Missed Payment-Installment Contract $30
Audit Fee Same cost as credit course
   

Refunds for Complete Withdrawals

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The refund policy of South Plains College is based on the fact that student tuition and fees provide only a fraction of the cost of providing educational opportunities. When a student enrolls in a class, he or she reserves a place which cannot be made available to another student until he or she officially drops the class. Also, a student’s original enrollment represents a sizeable cost to the college whether or not the student continues in that class. All withdrawals or dropped courses after the late registration period must be initiated in person through the Admissions and Records Office at the appropriate campus location. Students who OFFICIALLY WITHDRAW from the college shall have their tuition and mandatory fees refunded according to these schedules:

Fall and Spring Semesters

Prior to the first class day 100%
During the first 15 class days 70%
During the 16th-20th class days 25%
After the 20th class day NONE

The above refund schedule is based on FULL payment of tuition and fees.

If a student is on tuition and fee installment contract, the refund will be reduced by the balance still owed to South Plains College. The last day to completely withdraw and receive a 100% refund for the 2013 Fall semester is August 25, 2013. The last day to completely withdraw and receive a 100% refund for the 2014 spring semester is January 12, 2014.

 

Summer Sessions

Prior to the first class day 100%
During the first 5 class days 70%
The 6th class day 25%
After the 6th class day NONE

The above refund schedule is based on FULL payment of tuition and fees. The last day to completely withdraw and receive 100% refund is June 1, 2014 for the first summer session and July 7, 2014 for the second summer session of 2014.

 

Refunds for Dropped Courses

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Students who REDUCE their semester credit hour load by officially dropping a course or courses and remain enrolled at the college will be refunded applicable tuition and fees according to the following schedule.  If a student is on a tuition and fee installment contract, the refund will be reduced by the balance owed to South Plains College. 

Fall and Spring Semesters

During the first 12 class days 100%
The 13th-15th class days 70%
The 16th-20th class days 25%
After the 20th class day NONE

The above refund schedule is based on FULL payment of tuition and fees.

 

 

Summer Sessions

During the first 4 class days 100%
The 5th class day 70%
The 6th class day 25%
After the 6th class day NONE

The above refund schedule is based on FULL payment of tuition and fees.

 

Refund Disbursements

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South Plains College reserves the right to automatically credit the student account for any calculated refund amount allotted for return to a student to pay for any unpaid charges that he or she owes to South Plains College.  South Plains College will cover only those charges that the institution has earned for the portion of the period of enrollment for which the student was in attendance.

All refunds, including payments made by credit card, are directly deposited to the Texan Card unless otherwise instructed by the student.  To sign up for your refund to be deposited to a bank account other than the Texan Card, go to CampusConnect Dashboard and click on Designate Direct Deposit under Quick Links.

Book Refunds

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South Plains College contracts with Texas Book Company to provide bookstore services on its campus locations. Texas Book Company repurchases textbooks provided they will be used again, they are needed and are in salable condition. The bookstore follows the standard buy back procedure of buying for one-half the sale price at the end of the semester during finals week. However, there is no guarantee either expressed or implied that textbooks will be repurchased. This depends upon the condition of the book when offered for sale, whether or not it will be used again and the number of books in stock.

Books purchased for classes that do not make will be fully refunded upon presentation of the book and receipt of purchase. This refund period takes place during the first two weeks of the fall and spring semester and the first week of each summer session. New books must not be marked in or defaced in any manner.

Tuition Rebates

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Texas law and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules provide eligible students with a rebate of tuition up to $1,000 (less if the student paid less in tuition to the institution granting the degree). Eligibility criteria include, but may not be limited to the following: enroll for the first time in the 1997 fall semester or later, request the rebate for the first baccalaureate degree received from a Texas public college, be a Texas resident, attempt all course work at a Texas public institution, have paid Texas resident tuition at all times, and attempt no more than three hours in excess of the minimum required for the degree. Additional information may be obtained from the THECB rules (Sec. 13.81-87) or the Business Office.

Debts Owed to the College

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In the event of nonpayment of debts owed to the college, one or more of the following actions may be taken: a.) withholding the student’s official transcript, b.) withholding of a degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled and c.) involuntary withdrawal of the student, and d.) account turned over to collection agency with possible legal action to follow.

South Plains College is not responsible for debts contracted by individual students or by student organizations. The college expects all students and student organizations to conduct themselves honorably in all commercial transactions. The college will not assume the role of a collection agency for organizations, firms and individuals to whom students owe bills, nor will the college adjudicate disputes between students and creditors over the existence or the amount of debts.

Repayment of Unearned Title IV Financial Aid Funds

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A student will be responsible for all unearned Title IV funds returned to the federal government, including the portion paid by South Plains College. (See Repayment of Unearned Aid on page 42.) The student will have a “financial hold” placed on their records until payment is made in full. This hold will prevent the receipt of grades and transcripts, as well as future enrollment at the college. The account may be turned over to a collection agency if payment is not received from the student in a timely manner. Additional fees may be charged by the collection agency.

Returned Checks

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It is the policy of South Plains College to accept checks given by students, personal or otherwise, in payment of tuition and fees, room and meals, and books. Any such check that is returned unpaid by the bank on which it is drawn will be viewed by the college as nonpayment of debts owed to the college. There will be a $30 charge for all checks returned unpaid.  In order for a returned check to be covered, payment must be made in the form of cash, credit card, money order or certified check. Unpaid checks will be turned over to the Hockley County Attorney’s Office for possible legal action. Additional fees will be charged for checks turned over to the County Attorney’s Office. Payment by check will not be accepted from students after two checks have been returned unpaid, or one check has been sent to the County Attorney’s Office.

Returned Checks for Tuition and Fees

A student who fails to pay a returned check may be dropped from semester classes for which the check was written and/or be denied credit for course work completed during the semester. Until the returned check is paid, the student will be barred from receiving grade reports, having transcripts forwarded, and future enrollment at the college.

Returned Checks for Room and Meals

Any student who gives a check in payment of room and meals that is subsequently returned will be given a maximum of 10 business days to cover the check. If the returned check is not covered at the end of the grace period, the student will be required to vacate college housing and surrender any meal cards presently held.

Returned Checks for Other Purchases

Any student who gives a check in payment of any merchandise sold or services rendered by the college that is subsequently returned will have a “financial hold” placed on their records. Until the returned check is covered, the student will be barred from receiving grade reports, having transcripts forwarded, and future enrollment at the college.

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