Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Descriptions

The tuition and fees are adjusted on July 1 each year. Information on tuition and fees is available to students through the College website at www.tesc.edu/tuition. Information on graduate tuition and fees is available in the Graduate Prospectus and on the College website. Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice. 

Admission Application Fee
This nonrefundable fee and a completed application establish the applicant’s file. The Application Fee extends for six months from the date of application. Applicants who do not enroll during this period of eligibility will have to reapply to the College before enrolling. The Application Fee is waived for Thomas Edison State College alumni.

Comprehensive Tuition Plan
The Comprehensive Tuition Plan allows students to pay one convenient tuition each year they are enrolled and allows a student to attempt a maximum of 36 credits of Thomas Edison State College courses (Guided Study, online, and e-Pack® courses) as well as TECEP® examinations and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). The maximum of 36 credits will include all credits registered for even if a student later withdraws; for example, if a student registers for 12 credits but withdraws from a 3-credit course, the student will have used 12 credits of their 36 credits leaving a balance of 24 credits. Once a student registers for 36 credits under their Comprehensive Plan, their enrollment plan with Thomas Edison State College will be changed to the Enrolled Options Tuition Plan for the balance of their enrollment year. The student will be required to pay per credit tuition and fees for any additional courses for which they register. In addition, any enrollment extension paid for by a student who was previously under the Comprehensive Plan will be under the Enrolled Options Tuition Plan.

This tuition covers all administrative costs associated with a Thomas Edison State College education except the Graduation Fee, Course Extension Fee, TECEP® Rescheduling Fee, Transcript Fee, Late Course Registration Fee and Took Final Exam After Term End Fee or textbooks. Students may take up to 12 credits per term for a maximum of 36 course credits a year. All audiotapes and videotapes associated with various courses are also covered in the tuition although a refundable deposit is required of students ordering the materials from MBS Direct, the College’s textbook supplier. Visit http://direct.mbsbooks.com/tesc.htm for more information.

Enrolled Options Tuition Plan
Some undergraduate students may not require the full complement of credit-earning options and student services covered under the Comprehensive Tuition Plan. For those students who want or need to choose only certain components of the plan, the College offers the Enrolled Options Tuition Plan. With this option, students are required to pay the Annual Enrollment Tuition and the Technology Services Fee. Payment of this tuition component entitles students to a full year of College services, including academic advisement and program planning. Students may then choose what College credit-earning methods they require and will be charged for each option.

Per Credit Tuition Plan
The Per Credit Tuition Plan enables students to register and pay for course tuition on a per credit basis directly after they apply and are accepted into a degree program. Students who select the Per Credit Tuition Plan with the intention of graduating from Thomas Edison State College have academic residency requirements of 12 credits for an associate degree and 24 credits for a bachelor’s degree. Residency requirements are met by earning credits via Thomas Edison State College Online (OL), Guided Study (GS) or e-Pack® (EP) courses, TECEP® exams (TE) or Portfolio Assessment (PA). 

Military Tuition and Fees
A separate tuition and fees schedule is provided to students in the military. Note: Active-duty military personnel who enroll in the Military Degree Completion Program (MDCP), Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP), GoArmyED or eArmyU, will pay the respective tuition rates. Regardless of residency, full-time active duty military personnel and their dependents have the option to pay New Jersey residency tuition and fees.

Nursing Tuition and Fees
A separate tuition and fee schedule is in effect for students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. Note: Active duty military personnel who enroll in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will pay the nursing program tuition rate. Visit www.tesc.edu/nursing to view the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing Tuition and Fees Schedule.

Enrollment Extension Policy
To be used by those students whose anniversary date occurs up to three months prior to their anticipated graduation date. The anniversary date may be extended up to three months at a cost of $200 per month under the Enrolled Options tuition plan. Students who anticipate a delay of longer than three months must remit the full Annual Enrollment Tuition. In addition, any enrollment extension paid for by a student who was previously under the Comprehensive Plan will be under the Enrolled Options Plan.

Course Extension
Students fall under the policies and procedures in effect on their course start date. Students making satisfactory progress may apply for one eight week extension per course. Mentors must certify that 50 percent of the course work has been completed, and the student must pay the extension fee. Other than the mentor’s certification, no other documentation is required. The Office of the Registrar will process the request and notify the student of their new course ending date. With the exception of extensions related to military deployments, all students must pay for the extension. This requirement applies even in cases of medical illness or financial hardship. In cases involving military deployments, documentation presented must show deployment dates relevant to the specific course.

In limited circumstances, such as severe illness or medical treatment, students may apply for a second extension of eight weeks. In these cases students must submit appropriate supporting documentation relevant to the issue preventing course completion during the first extension and pay another extension fee. The Office of the Registrar will determine if the second extension is warranted and notify the student of their decision and if approved of their new course ending date.

For both first and second extension, the eight weeks will be added to the current end date of the course in question. Students cannot have more than 16 additional weeks added to the original start date of their term. Students may not request more than two extensions for a single course. Students may not apply for (or be granted) an extension after the last day of the course.

Technology Services Fee
This fee provides for the student services that are delivered through technologies and supports the maintenance and replacement of electronic hardware used to deliver these services. Unless they choose the Comprehensive Tuition alternative, students must pay the fee along with the Annual Enrollment Tuition before they can receive College services.

Late Re-Enrollment Fees
A late fee is charged if a student does not pay the Comprehensive Tuition or Annual Enrollment Tuition within 30 days of his/her anniversary date. A student’s anniversary date is the first year date that payment of either the Comprehensive Tuition or Annual Enrollment Tuition is received by the College. If a student does not re-enroll within 90 days of his/her anniversary date, he/she will have to reapply and pay all first-time student fees.

Graduation Fee
This fee covers the cost of awarding the degree and maintenance of the student’s transcript.

Transcript Fee
This fee is charged for each transcript (official or student copy) that a student requests be issued and released. This fee will be used to defray the cost involved in the issuance of each transcript.

Refund Policy
Enrollment Tuitions: If a student requests a refund to terminate enrollment within 30 days after the payment was received, 50 percent of the enrollment tuition may be refunded. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar. See the course tuition refund policy.

Nonrefundable Tuition and Fees
The following tuition and fees are nonrefundable: application, graduation, course extension, late registration for courses, Credit Banking, transcripts and graduation re-enrollment fee.

Fees for Non-enrolled Students
Non-enrolled students use services at the College and pay for them on a per-service fee basis. Non-enrolled students must complete the online application and may take Thomas Edison State College courses, TECEP® examinations and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) by paying for each on an individual basis. However, they are not eligible for any degree until they become an enrolled student by paying the Comprehensive Tuition, the Annual Enrollment Tuition or the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing Tuition. The College also offers non-degree services such as Credit Banking.