May 26, 2020  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Tuition & Fees, 2016-2017 Academic Year

Full tuition and fees are charged to undergraduate students registered for 12 to 18 credit hours per semester. Students taking fewer than 12 credits are considered part-time students and are billed for the credit hours they take.

Students taking more than 18 credits are billed on a cost-per-credit basis for the additional credits.

During the summer, out-of-state residents are charged the in-state tuition rate plus 50 percent.

Vermont residents who are 60 or older as of the first date of Fall 2016 classes may take VSC courses without limitation, up to and including completion of a certificate or undergraduate degree, at the rate of 50% of the charged tuition.  To be eligible, such persons may not take the place of full tuition paying students in courses with enrollments limits.  Course specific fees, including registration fees, shall be the responsibility of the student.  No discount is applied to course fees or other student fees.

Semester Year Semester Year Semester Year
(Full-time undergraduate, 12-18 credits)
$5,112 $10,224 $11,340 $22,680 $7,668 $15,336
Housing (double) $2,974 $5,948 $2,974 $5,948 $2,974 $5,948
Board (full meal plan) $2,020 $4,040 $2,020 $4,040 $2,020 $4,040
Student Activity Fee*
(full-time students)
$135 $270 $135 $270 $135 $270
Campus Initiative Fee*
(full-time students)
$398 $796 $398 $796 $398 $796
Health Insurance** $2,240 $2,240 $2,240 $2,240 $2,240 $2,240
Estimated Total
(full-time students)
$12,879 $23,518 $19,107 $35,974 $15,435 $28,630
Miscellaneous Expenses
(books, transportation, personal needs)
$1,375 $2,750 $1,475 $2,950 $1,475 $2,950

*Part-time, matriculated students are charged a pro-rated amount for the Student Activity Fee and the Campus Initiative Fee. The Student Activity Fee and Campus Initiative Fee are not charged to EDP students. EDP students pay an EDP Services Fee. (See Explanation of Fees below)

** The health insurance charge of $2,240 is a yearly rate and is based on full-time enrollment starting in the fall semester, and the total amount must be paid for in the fall semester.. The charge for students who enroll in the spring semester is $1,265. (Please note that the health insurance charge for 16-17 is only an estimate.)

Cost Per Credit Hour (part time or over 18 credits):

Vermont Resident
Non-Vermont Resident
Tuition Break Program
$426 per credit
$945 per credit
$639 per credit

Family Waiver

In recognition of the financial burden placed on families with more than one family member in college at JSC, the College offers a reduced rate for dependent family members who are concurrently enrolled in the College’s undergraduate programs (including EDP). Tuition charged to the second and subsequent members of the same family unit concurrently attending JSC will be reduced by 25 percent, provided that all such family members are enrolled as undergraduates pursuing studies on a full-time (12+ credit hours) basis. Members of the same immediate family unit are defined as:

  • Siblings if they are dependents of their parents;
  • Parent and children combinations (when such children 24 years of age or younger are dependent of their parents);
  • Married spouses or parties to a civil union.

Room & Board

Students living in the college residence halls are charged per semester for room and board. All students living in the residence halls are charged the full-meal plan (21 meals per week) each semester. Students may arrange for an alternate meal plan by submitting a Meal Plan Change Form, which is available on the MyJSC portal under Web Services under Student Billing & Finances, by the end of the first week of classes each semester.

Additional Fees

Application for Degree Fee $ 95
Automobile Registration Fee $ 75 per year
Course Change Fee (after add/drop period) $ 24 per course
Course Fee (applies to certain courses only) Varies per course
JSC Distance Learning Fee $240/semester for full-time students; $20/credit for part-time students
Late Financial Clearance Fee $ 100
Orientation Fee (new students only):  
  Fall Semester $ 335
  Spring Semester $ 168
Registration Fee (for non-degree students) $ 62 per semester
Student ID Replacement Fee $ 35
Transcript Fee $    5 per transcript, plus a $3 fee per recipient (see more below)

Explanation of Fees & When They Apply

Application for Degree

This fee covers the costs of a review of the degree plan, a diploma and Commencement-related activities. All students are charged this fee regardless of their attendance at the Commencement Ceremony. Students receiving degrees at separate ceremonies will be charged the full fee each time. Graduates attending Commencement exercises are required to purchase a cap and gown, at an additional cost through the College bookstore.

Automobile Registration

Any student operating a motor vehicle on College property must register the vehicle with the Public Safety Office. Each year a $75 fee is required.

Books & Supplies

Students should budget at least $600 per semester for books and supplies. The College Bookstore operates on a cash basis and does not extend credit, but it does accept major credit cards. Additionally, during the add/drop period, students who have been given clearance by Student Financial Services may charge books and supplies to their student account. Forms may be obtained at the College Bookstore.

Campus Initiative Fee

This fee supports the development of facilities and other campus needs for JSC students. The fee is $398 per semester for full-time students. Part-time students taking fewer than 12 credits pay $34 per credit.

Course Change Fee

This fee is charged for each course added or dropped after the specified add/drop period.

Course Fee

Certain courses require billing of fees to cover special materials, studio or instructional costs for certain courses. Course fees are listed in each semester’s course bulletin and on Web Services.

EDP Services Fee

This fee helps to defray the costs associated with running a long-distance degree program. The charge is $240 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 or more credits) and $20 per credit for part-time enrollment. This fee is charged to EDP students only.

Health & Accident Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students not otherwise covered. A student must either accept the College insurance or certify their existing coverage through the health insurance link in VSC Web Services. This must be completed before the student’s payment will be considered finalized. Failure to complete this will result in the student automatically being enrolled and billed for the College insurance.

Late Financial Clearance Fee

This fee can be charged to students who do not meet the published deadline for finalized payment.

Orientation Fee

This fee covers the cost of the Orientation Program, which acquaints new on-campus students with the JSC campus, JSC resources and services, and students, faculty and staff.

Registration Fee

This per-semester fee is required of each part-time, non-degree student who enrolls in one or more courses during a semester.

Student Activity Fee

This fee, which covers the expense of student clubs, activities and publications, is $135/semester for full-time, matriculated undergraduate students and $12/credit for students enrolled in fewer than 12 credits. Note:  EDP students are exempt from this fee.

Student Identification Card Replacement Fee

Each student is issued an identification card free of charge. A $35 fee is charged for replacement cards.

Transcript Fee

Johnson State College uses Transcripts on Demand by Credentials e-Script-Safe to process transcript requests and deliver academic transcripts electronically.This is a completely secure “green initiative” that provides the fastest delivery time and the ability to track delivery and receipt. The fee for requesting a transcript is $5 per transcript, plus a $3 processing fee per recipient charged by eScript-Safe. See details here. (Go to and select the “Quicklinks” icon at top, then select “Transcripts.”)

In-State Residency Requirements (VSC Policy 301)

Vermont State College Policy 301 specifies the requirements that a student must meet in order to be granted resident status for the purpose of admission, tuition and other charges at a Vermont State College. VSC Policy 301 may be read in its entirety here. (Select Policies & Procedures” under “About VSC” at, then “Student Affairs Policies.”)

Payment Procedures

Finalize Payment with the Office of Student Financial Services

All students must finalize payment with Student Financial Services. “Finalize Payment” means that:

  • All semester charges and any previously due balance are paid in full or covered by a monthly payment plan sufficient to cover tuition and fees for the semester; AND
  • All financial aid (grants, loans and scholarships) is ready to be disbursed, if applicable; AND
  • The student has either elected or waived the VSC health insurance.

Monthly Payment Plan

Students may sign up for a monthly payment plan by accessing Student Services on the MyJSC Portal ( Students using this plan will be considered to have finalized payment upon confirmation of plan participation. The plan enables the student or parent to pay all or part of the semester’s charges in four, five or six equal installments starting June 1. (Participation in the plan also may start after June 1.) Visit the portal or call Student Financial Services at 802-635-1671 for more information.

Payment Due Dates

Student bills are posted to the Student Services section of the MyJSC Portal on the 1st and 15th of each month. Payment due dates are published on the student billing site. A late fee applies if payment is not finalized by the payment due date. Students owing money from prior semesters may not register for classes until the outstanding balance is paid. Current-semester bills that are not paid in full by the end of the semester will result in withholding of transcripts and possible administrative dismissal until a satisfactory settlement is made.

Students can receive supplemental charges during a semester for such items as residence hall charges or parking fines. These charges are listed on student bills and can be viewed on the MyJSC Portal. Payment is due 30 days from the date on the bill.

Application of Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid that has been reported to Student Financial Services is credited as follows:

  • Grant funds authorized by Student Financial Services are credited directly to student accounts.
  • State grants and/or outside aid are considered as pending and are not credited to a student’s account until the funds are disbursed to the college.
  • Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Loans are credited to student accounts after promissory notes and entrance counseling have been completed..
  • Students who anticipate receiving financial assistance from sources other than the College are reminded to arrange for payments to be forwarded to Student Financial Services as early as possible. Students are advised to confirm these other sources of financial assistance with Student Financial Services.
  • Direct deposit of earnings (preferred method) or paychecks are issued to students for work-study and other campus employment once they obtain a job and begin submitting time sheets. Anticipated employment earnings cannot be used as a credit against a student’s account.
  • Students residing off campus and expecting a refund of financial aid funds for living expenses will not receive those refunds until after the add/drop period and their aid has been transmitted.

Refund Policy

In the event of withdrawal, dismissal, resignation, leave of absence or the dropping of classes in a manner that affects student charges, including tuition, room and board, and course and other fees, any refund will be calculated on a daily pro-rata basis, using the same schedule used to determine the amount of the federal Title IV returns, with the following exceptions:

  • If a student withdraws during the first seven calendar days of the semester, the amount of refund of all student charges (tuition, fees, room and board) will be 100 percent.
  • If a student withdraws after the 60 percent point of the semester, there will be no refund of charges for tuition, fees and room.
  • Fees paid to acquire college health insurance are not refundable under any circumstances.
  • If a student is suspended or dismissed from on-campus housing, there will be no credit of room charges. However, board (meal) charges will be credited for each full week of suspension/dismissal from on-campus housing.

The pro-rata calculation is the number of calendar days completed divided by the number of total calendar days included for the full semester. For all students, including External Degree Program students, the first day of the semester is the date the classes start as published in the College catalog, regardless of the date of the student’s first class.

NOTE: Ceasing to attend classes does not constitute the dropping of classes or withdrawal from the College. In order to be eligible for a refund or repayment as outlined above, a student MUST notify the Dean of Students and the Registrar’s Office of his/her withdrawal.

Tuition Adjustments

Any adjustments in tuition charges will be based on the courses on record at the end of the second week of the semester. No tuition refund will be given for any half-semester course dropped after the second week of the semester, for classes dropped during the mid-semester add/drop period, or for approved late withdrawals.

The student or parent may appeal the refund policy if he/she believes there are individual circumstances that warrant an exception. Appeals are made to the Dean of Administration.

Adjustments to Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid awards may need to be adjusted if a student exits the college during a semester. Federal regulations govern the return of Title IV funds for students eligible for federal financial aid. The College is guided by those regulations with regard to the return of institutional aid as well. Other aid, such as state grants and outside scholarships, will be returned as specified by the grantor. If a student stops attending all classes and does not complete an Exit Notification and/or Leave of Absence Form at that time, any Title IV funds received by that student may be adjusted or canceled, and the student will then be personally responsible for his/her bill. If Title IV money needs to be returned, it will be returned in the following sequence:

  • Federal Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant

Employment through the federal work-study program is terminated on the date the student withdraws. Awards from sources other than the College and Title IV funding are adjusted according to the source agency’s own policy.

The External Degree Program follows the same refund policies as noted above. If an EDP student withdraws from a course at another institution, the student will be charged the prorated tuition and fees due to the other institution.

Administrative Dismissal

Students with outstanding overdue balances on their accounts and who have not responded to inquiries from Student Financial Services about payment or who have indicated a refusal to pay that balance are subject to administrative dismissal from the College.

Administratively dismissed students must cease attending all classes immediately, do not receive any credit for work done during that semester, and remain liable for the unpaid balance. If the student is administratively dismissed after the first seven days and before the end of the 60 percent point of the semester, he/she will be credited tuition, fees, aid, and room and board on a pro-rata basis. The pro-rata basis calculation will use the number of calendar days completed divided by the number of total calendar days included for the full semester. After the 60 percent point of the semester, there is no adjustment for tuition, fees or room charges.