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Tuition & Financial Aid

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5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: I got enough grants and scholarships to pay for all of my courses for two years plus two summer semesters. I also have been able to save a lot of money.

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3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is reasonable and there are a few options for financial aid and scholarships.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: As I mentioned before, I have had a difficult time with financial aid and have an on-going battle.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is relatively great. Financial aid is helpful so that I don't have to pay as much.

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3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial aid has been difficult but overall everything I have had to pay for has been explained and letters sent out showing what was owed, why and where the fees add up which was very nice.

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Financial aid is like a stew—those who come first have the greatest chance of getting decent award letters; latecomers have to scrape for leftovers. For students serious about getting financial aid, filling out FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) early and triple-checking for accuracy can be a huge help. The staff at HCC is helpful and can help determine the price differences for out-of-state/county students. Prices vary by location, with out-of-state students paying more; the difference is available in the catalog on the financial aid website. Several scholarship and student work opportunities are available—again, latecomers have a greatly decreased chance of getting anything. Applications for student jobs are available at the human resources office. The HCC website is a great source of information on school financial aid.

To qualify for aid at all, students have to have a high school degree or GED (General Education Development test), or pass the Ability to Benefit test (available to take at the campus testing center), which features questions from a variety of subjects. Once students are accepted and school costs have been decided, setting up payment plans is simple. Payment plans at HCC are completed online, and the financial aid department is willing and able to help.

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Tips for Getting Aid
  • Apply early; the earlier you request it, the better the chances are that you'll get a decent package. Latecomers, however, are left scraping the bottom for leftovers.
  • Fill out FAFSA early and triple-check it for mistakes to avoid losing some or even all of your financial aid.

Student Polls

Have you come across any unexpected extra fees associated with going to school here?    Based on 50 responses

  • 68% No, everything was straightforward.
  • 28% There were a few minor fees.
  • 4% Yes, major fees.

Do you think you are getting your money's worth?    Based on 50 responses

  • 96% Yes
  • 4% No
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