Tuition, Fees and Expenses

Johnston Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, offers educational opportunities at low cost to the student. Tuition rates are established by the General Assembly of North Carolina.  The activity and technology fees are set by the Board of Trustees in accordance with policy established by the State Board of Community Colleges.

Tuition and fees are payable at the beginning of each semester and are subject to change without notice. The cost of textbooks and supplies is an additional expense and varies with the program of study.

A student is considered to be officially registered only after all tuition, fees, and other charges have been paid in full or acceptable arrangements for third party billing have been approved by the Business Office.

Students who have incurred indebtedness to the College, including unpaid bills and overdue book fines, will not be allowed to register until cleared by the appropriate official of the College.

For purposes of financial aid, a full-time student is defined as one who is registered for 12 or more semester hours of course work.  A part-time student is one who is registered for less than 12 semester hours of course work.

The rate of tuition charged for auditing a course is the same as the rate charged for taking the course for academic credit.

Cost of Attendance

JCC’s cost of attendance is an estimate of educational expenses a student may incur for a period of enrollment and sets the limit on the total aid a student may receive. 

A student’s cost of attendance may include the following components: tuition and fees, books and supplies, food and housing (living expenses), miscellaneous personal expenses, professional fees, and transportation.

The cost of attendance for a student enrolled less than half-time may include tuition and fees, books and supplies, professional fees, and transportation.

A student’s cost of attendance budget may be adjusted upon request with proper documentation for dependent care expenses, disability related expenses, study abroad expenses, cooperative educational costs, and/or personal computer costs.

Review a full list of the Financial Aid Cost of Attendance - 2024-2025 Academic Year report (PDF).

In your planning, you may be interested in using the U.S. Department of Education Net Price Calculator. The Net Price Calculator is designed to give you an estimate of your eligibility for financial aid, which will help you gauge your out-of-pocket expenses.