5.13 Self-Supporting Course Sections

Policy TrackingDate
ApprovedNovember 16, 1998
RevisedFebruary 15, 2016

  1. Authority to Charge Self-supporting fees
    Pursuant to 1E SBCCC 600.3, the College may sponsor self-supporting classes, deposit income (if any) to a local account, and pay all expenses from such local account. Each student is required to pay a pro-rata share of the cost of a self-supporting class. Since the pro-rata share assumed is not considered a registration fee, no individual or group is exempt under G.S. 115D-5(b) from paying a proportional share of the identified cost of the class.
  2. Self-supporting Fee Rates
    The College uses the Transparent Rate Method for curriculum self-supporting fee rates. The College shall charge each student an amount consistent with the curriculum tuition rate based on residency status. The transparent rate method shall only be used if the receipts generated through this method can adequately support the direct and indirect costs of the self-supporting instruction.

    The College shall set self-supporting fees for continuing education courses at a level at or below the local market rate for the type of continuing education instruction provided.

  3. Use of Self-supporting Fee Receipts
    Self-supporting fee receipts shall be used to support the direct and indirect costs of the self-supporting course sections. The College shall not use state funds for direct costs of self-supporting course sections.

  4. Excess Receipts
    Specific fee receipts shall be used for the purpose for which they are charged. If self-supporting receipts exceed expenditures for the purpose for which they are charged, the College shall use excess receipts to support the costs of future self-supporting course sections, instruction, student support services, student financial aid (e.g. scholarships, grants, and loans), student refunds, student activities, curriculum development, professional development, promotional giveaway items, instructional equipment, and capital improvements and acquisition of real property.

    Excess receipts shall not be used for any of the following purposes: supplemental compensation or benefits of any personnel, administrative costs, entertainment expenses, and fundraising expenses.

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