Selecting the Right Tuition Plan

Comparing Our Tuition Plans: How many credits do you plan to take this year?

Before you select a tuition plan, you should carefully think about how many credits you plan to earn in a single year, from the start of your enrollment. Thomas Edison State College offers three tuition plans:

  • Comprehensive Tuition Plan:
    Ideal for students planning on completing their degree on a "full-time" schedule, students under this plan pay a one-time, flat tuition and may register for up to 36 credits in a single year and receive all student services entitled to enrolled students

Students who plan to complete their degree on more of a part-time basis and register for less than 24 credits in a year should consider either the Enrolled Options Tuition Plan or the Per Credit Tuition Plan.

  • Enrolled Options Tuition Plan:
    Students pay an annual enrollment tuition and a technology services fee (good for 12 months) before they register and pay course tuition on a per credit basis at their own pace
  • Per Credit Tuition Plan:
    Students register and pay for course tuition on a per credit basis directly after they apply and are accepted into a degree program

NOTE: 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).

The charts below estimates a student's first year tuition costs based on how many credits they plan to take and which tuition plan they select.


For students paying in-state (NJ) tuition

  Number of Credits Per Credit Tuition Plan Enrolled Options Tuition Plan Comprehensive Tuition Plan
Students who plan to register for up to 6 credits in a single year, our Per Credit Tuition Plan may be the best value. 3 credits $1,275 $2,447 $6,135
6 credits $2,550 $2,996 $6,135
Students who plan to register for between 9-21 credits in a single year, our Enrolled Options Tuition Plan may be the best value.
Prices listed include annual enrollment tuition cost.
9 credits $3,825 $3,545 $6,135
12 credits $5,100 $4,094 $6,135
15 credits $6,375 $4,643 $6,135
18 credits $7,650 $5,192 $6,135
21 credits $8,925 $5,741 $6,135
Students who plan to register for 24 credits or more in a single year, our Comprehensive Tuition Plan may be the best value. 24 credits $10,200 $6,290 $6,135
27 credits $11,475 $6,839 $6,135
30 credits $12,750 $7,388 $6,135
33 credits $14,025 $7,937 $6,135
36 credits $15,300 $8,486 $6,135

 

For students paying out-of-state tuition

  Number of Credits Per Credit Tuition Plan Enrolled Options Tuition Plan Comprehensive Tuition Plan
Students who plan to register for up to 12 credits in a single year, our Per Credit Tuition Plan may be the best value. 3 credits $1,560 $4,168 $9,036
6 credits $3,120 $4,909 $9,036
9 credits $4,680 $5,650 $9,036
12 credits $6,240 $6,391 $9,036
Students who plan to register for between 15-21 credits in a single year, our Enrolled Options Tuition Plan may be the best value.
Prices listed include annual enrollment tuition cost.
15 credits $7,800 $7,132 $9,036
18 credits $9,360 $7,873 $9,036
21 credits $10,920 $8,614 $9,036
Students who plan to register for 24 credits or more in a single year, our Comprehensive Tuition Plan may be the best value. 24 credits $12,480 $9,355 $9,036
27 credits $14,040 $10,096 $9,036
30 credits $15,600 $10,837 $9,036
33 credits $17,160 $11,578 $9,036
36 credits $18,720 $12,319 $9,036

NOTE: All tuition and fees listed here were approved on June 6, 2015, by the Board of Trustees of Thomas Edison State College and are effective July 1, 2015. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Enrollment Grace Period

All students are provided a thirty day grace period at the end of their current year of service. For example if their enrollment date is August 2, 2015 they have a thirty day grace period that ends on September 1, 2015.

The primary purpose of the grace period is to provide students completing their degrees with time to submit final grades or transcripts for the graduation audit. Students that will not complete their final courses during the grace period will be required to extend their enrollment.

If a student has not renewed or extended their Annual Enrollment, Comprehensive Tuition, or enrolled in course or exam that will extend their active enrollment under one of the College's per credit tuition plans will become inactive at the end of the grace period. After a student is inactive they will be required to reapply to the College.

Change of Enrollment Plans

Students will be able to request a change to their enrollment plan, Enrolled Options, Comprehensive Tuition, or Per Service Tuition Plan, within ninety days from the start of their current year of service. The written requests must be sent to bursar@tesc.edu. Once received the Bursar's Office will change the enrollment plan and recalculate any tuition and fees if necessary.