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Tuition and Fee Schedule - Fall 2019

Tuition:  $39 per semester hour, minimum of $117

General Fee:  $49 per semester hour, maximum $999

(The following school districts are considered within the tax-paying district:  Athens, Brownsboro, Chandler, Crandall, Cross Roads, Eustace, Frankston, Kaufman, Kemp, La Poynor, Mabank, Malakoff, Murchison, Scurry-Rosser, Terrell, and Trinidad.) 

Tuition:  $39 per semester hour, minimum of $117

General Fee:  $49 per semester hour, maximum $999

Out of District –Palestine ISD Fee: $22 per semester hour


Tuition:  $39 per semester hour, minimum of $117

General Fee:  $49 per semester hour, maximum $999

Out-of-District Fee:  $76 per semester hour, maximum of $999

Tuition:  $150 per semester hour, minimum of $450

General Fee:  $49 per semester hour, maximum $999


Hours Regular Tax- Paying District Branch Campus Tax-Paying District Out of Tax Paying District Non-Resident
1 $166 $188 $242 $499
2 215 259 367 548
3 264 330 492 597
4 352 440 656 796
5 440 550 820 995
6 528 660 984 1194
7 616 770 1148 1393
8 704 880 1312 1592
9 792 990 1476 1791
10 880 1100 1640 1990
11 968 1210 1804 2189
12 1056 1320 1968 2388
13 1144 1430 2132 2587
14 1232 1540 2231 2786
15 1320 1650 2319 2985
16 1408 1760 2407 3184
17 1496 1870 2495 3383
18 1584 1980 2583 3582
19 1672 2090 2671 3781
20 1760 2200 2759 3980
21 1818 2280 2817 4149
22 1857 2341 2856 4299


*The above charges include the statutory tuition and all required fees except those specific to courses. To be eligible for in-state tuition rates, an individual must provide proof of Texas residency for the year prior to enrollment. To be eligible for in-district tuition rates, an individual must be a Texas resident and have lived in the TVCC tax district for the six months prior to enrollment.


TVCC’s general fee is collected to cover the costs related to serving TVCC students outside of the classroom. Specifically, the general fee supports student life, learning resource services, facilities and technology resources, enrollment and advising services, and campus security.


The following additional fees also apply:

$50 late fee for students registering after the scheduled registration date

$40 internet fee for each distance learning course

$100 reinstatement fee for students reinstated after the official census date

$117 per credit hour fee for courses taken the third time and each time thereafter

$35 installment plan fee if tuition and fees are paid using the college’s installment payment plan

$35 standard lab fee. Some designated individual courses with labs contain fees higher than $35. Refer to the course descriptions in this catalog for these standard and designated lab fees.


State law requires Trinity Valley Community College to set aside a portion of every students’ tuition to fund assistance for qualifying students. Authority for these mandatory set-asides is found in Texas Education Code, Sections 56.011, 56.012, and 56.465.



Frequently Asked Questions

My Cardinal Connect Student Finance Secure Payment Center allows students to view students bills and make payments.  View real-time account information including current balance, recent activity, and estimated financial aid.  Enroll in a payment plan.  Sign up to receive text message reminder.  Don’t forget to authorize your parent’s access, if they need to view/pay your bill.

Tuition, fees, room, and board can be paid at any cashier’s office or through the My Cardinal Connect Secure Payment Center.

Online: Check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) accepted 24/7.

By mail: Make check payable to TVCC, write the student’s Cardinal ID number on the check, and mail to:

TVCC Business Office

100 Cardinal Drive

Athens, TX 75751

On campus: Payments accepted at the Business Office. Hour are:  Monday – Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


If you have financial aid and your balance is not paid in full or you have not entered into an installment contract, your schedule will be cancelled without exception.  It is important to check your balance if you make ANY CHANGES to your schedule.  You will not receive a statement in the mail for your classes. 

  1. Through the MyCardinalConnect account, access the Secure Payment Center via the Student Finance menu > Account Summary option > Make a payment link. 
  2. You may pay in full or initiate a payment plan.  
  3. You are NOT automatically enrolled in a payment plan. 
  4. All payment plans have a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee.
  5. Students may select only one installment payment plan. 
  6. There is an initial down payment required at signup and payments are set to be drafted on the 5th of the month.
  7. Payment plan enrollment must be completed prior to the payment deadlines for each semester to prevent possible registration cancellation. 
  8. Please keep in mind that TVCC bills tuition by semester and you must return to the MyCardinalConnect Secure Payment Center to enroll in a new plan each semester.

If you have financial aid and your balance is not paid in full or you have not entered into an installment contract, your schedule will be cancelled without exception.  It is important to check your balance if you make ANY CHANGES to your schedule.  You will not receive a statement in the mail for your classes. 


If you have questions about your financial aid awards, please contact the financial aid office at or 903-675-6233.

If you have financial aid and your balance is not paid in full or you have not entered into an installment contract, your schedule will be cancelled without exception.  It is important to check your balance if you make ANY CHANGES to your schedule.  You will not receive a statement in the mail for your classes. 

Financial Aid Refund Direct Deposit Set Up Instructions

Make a tuition payment is the place to pay the current semester tuition.

Payment plan is to set up a payment plan and payments for the current semester.

Pay a non-tuition balance is for paying any other balance.

All financial aid funds are disbursed as they become available.  Weekly financial aid refund disbursements for direct deposits and paper checks are on Thursday's.  ALL financial aid refunds issued via paper check will be mailed weekly on Thursday's to the student's address on file.  If a student needs to update their address please contact the Registrar's office.

Beginning Fall 2019, students need to make a direct deposit refund account designation through Student Finance in My Cardinal Connect.  All new and returning students must update their account designation in the system once registered for classes.  Students must have registration activity for Fall 2019 or later before the system will allow you to access the Secure Payment Portal.  If a student is enrolled in courses and receive an error, please try clearing the browser history and try again. If this does not work, please try a different browser (such as FireFox or Internet Explorer, but NOT Safari).  EVERY student needs to enter account information to receive a direct deposit refund account, regardless of any previous account designation prior to Fall 2019.  Once account info is entered in the system, the student should not have to designate again unless you wish to change accounts in the future.

Financial Aid Refund Direct Deposit Set Up Instructions

NOTE: If you receive financial aid and withdraw or drop from all of your coursework, you will be required to repay a portion of your grant or loan. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid before withdrawing.

Refunds will be mailed to the student’s address on file approximately four weeks after the end of the applicable refund period.  To receive your refund sooner, please sign up for direct deposit using the Secure Payment Portal.   Please click this link:   Tuition refund direct deposit set up instrcutions.   

Students who officially drop a class or withdraw from Trinity Valley Community College will have their tuition and mandatory fees refunded according to the following schedule:

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I understand that my student account balance is my responsibility.  By enrolling in courses at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC), I am making a financial commitment to pay charges associated with this enrollment, in exchange for the education and other benefits provided by TVCC.  I further understand that tuition, fees, room, board, and any other charges to my account (including but not limited to bookstore charges, parking permits, and citations) reflects a balance I owe for educational benefit.

I agree that I have a legal binding obligation to pay Trinity Valley Community College all tuition, room and board (if applicable), and other applicable fees by the due date established by the College. I understand that these expenses may exceed the amount of any financial aid awarded to me and that I am obligated to pay these expenses to the College. I agree that non-payment may result in my course registration being dropped.  In the event I am able to register for future term(s) because my current semester charges are not past due, I understand that these current-term charges must be paid prior to the start date of any future term(s) to prevent disenrollment from those future terms(s).  Students withdrawing after the stated refund dates have passed remain liable for full tuition and fee charges. I understand that failure to attend classes does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal. If I decide not to attend any of my classes at TVCC, I must drop or withdraw by the appropriate deadline date(s) to receive a tuition refund. If I fail to drop by these deadlines, I understand that I will be charged.

I understand that the billing information will be communicated to me through MyCardinalConnect and TVCC e-mail account. I understand that my payment obligation is binding on me regardless of whether I access my electronic billing information. I also understand that the payment obligation is binding on me regardless of whether my account is being paid by me or another person.  TVCC accepts payment via student financial aid and third-party sponsorship, but the responsibility for payment remains with the student. It is your responsibility to keep track of your account balance and any funding sources. If financial aid is not granted or if third-party sponsors do not pay within a reasonable period, the student is required to pay the full amount due

I agree that any unpaid balance may be reported to a billing servicer and then to a collection agency retained by Trinity Valley Community College.

I agree that if I have an unpaid balance and have been reported to a collections agency retained by Trinity Valley Community College, I will pay any collection and/or attorney fees associated with the collections effort, including, but not limited, to collection fees that are assessed as a percentage of the debt owed to Trinity Valley Community College.

I authorize Trinity Valley Community College and the collections agencies retained by Trinity Valley Community College to contact me on the phone number that I have provided Trinity Valley Community College.

I confirm that the address that I have provided Trinity Valley Community College is accurate and if my address changes, I am responsible to update Trinity Valley Community College with my new address.

I understand that my acceptance of the Agreement of Financial Responsibility applies to all financial transactions that may result from my enrollment at the College during the semester and academic year.

When notification is received by the College that a check has been returned unpaid, a certified letter is sent to the student stating as such. The student has 15 days from the date of the notice to redeem the check plus pay the required $25 service fee. If not redeemed after this period, the returned check will be submitted to the County Attorney's office and/or a collection agency for collection.

Students who wish to appeal the amount of their refund must do so in writing. The student should send the appeal to the director of accounting services/controller no later than two months from the beginning of the fall or spring and no later than three weeks from the beginning of all other semesters.


The appeal needs to include the student’s name, TVIN or social security number, date of birth, daytime phone number, and a detailed explanation for why the refund should be different from what the policy states.


Once the refund request has been received, a committee will meet to determine the outcome of the appeal. The refund appeal committee is comprised of the vice president of administrative services, vice president of instruction, associate vice president of enrollment management, director of accounting services/controller, and any other faculty or staff member that has information about the appeal.


Once a decision is made, the student will be notified.