Online Orientation - Paying for Education

In this section, you'll find information about the how much college will cost and your payment options.

College Expenses. What's Your Plan?

Paying for a college education is a concern for nearly every student and family. The fact is, few of us have the resources to simply write a check for the full cost of tuition each semester. So how are you meeting your costs? What's your plan? Do you have one?

In addition, we encourage all US citizens and permanent residents to apply for federal financial aid at

You should work closely with the Financial Aid Office to help you make sure your financial aid, scholarships, and grants are in order by the start of the semester. However, there are certain things you must take care of before we can help. To make sure things run smoothly, have a plan of action in place well before the start of the new semester.

Don't wait until the last minute! There are certain processing periods (especially for processing and receiving financial aid) that we can't get around. That could mean big headaches for you. Having a solid plan for covering the cost of college is an important step toward graduation. Southeastern Community College accepts a number of payment methods.

In-person: Check, Cash, or Credit Card (all major credit cards accepted)
By mail: Check
Online through Self-Service: Pay in Full (credit card or e-check) OR
Payment Plan for Fall and Spring term (only available online via Nelnet)
International students only: Flywire (

How much is this going to cost?

SCC is one of the most affordable colleges in Iowa. A full-time resident student taking 12 credit hours pays just $2,484 per semester. Compare that to other colleges and universities and you'll quickly see how affordable a quality education at SCC can be.

The table below is a tuition grid for the 2023-2024 academic year. *There may be additional fees attached to certain courses.

Tuition Statements and Payments

Please check your tuition balance and financial aid award through Self Service on your Hawknet account. Select "Student Finance" to access your information. You can make payments directly from this site. You will not receive a tuition bill or financial aid statement in the mail.

Budget Plans

Interest-Free Payment Plan - Fall 2022

The cost to budget the interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per term non-refundable fee.

Required Down Payment # of Payments Months of Payments


4 August, September, October, November
20% 3 September, October, November
40% 2 October, November
Interest-Free Payment Plan - Spring 2023

The cost to budget the interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per term non-refundable fee.

Required Down Payment # of Payments Months of Payments
none 4 January, February, March, April
20% 3 February, March, April
40% 2 March, April
There are 2 options for budgeting your tuition:
  1. Automatic Bank Payment (ACH): Payments are made from your checking account on the 5th of each month and will continue until balance is paid in full.
  2. Credit Card Option: Your monthly payment will be automatically charged to the credit card you designate. Payments will be charged on the 5th of each month until the balance is paid in full.

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