Academics Fee Definitions

Annual Maintenance/Tuition and Mandatory Fees


     Maintenance fees, commonly referred to as “tuition,” are the charges based on credit hours for in-state students. For example, a student pays a flat rate for the first 12 hours of course credits and a discounted rate for any additional hours. Students classified as “out-of-state” are required to pay out-of-state tuition in addition to maintenance fees.  These are listed on College Tuition & Fees.

     Students at each campus also pay mandatory fees to support student activities, athletics, cultural opportunities, and other unique projects and campus-specific programs. Mandatory fees vary from institution to institution and are paid by all students regardless of the number of hours they take. 

The combined cost of maintenance fees, out-of-state tuition (if applicable), non-mandatory fees (if applicable) and mandatory fees result in the total price a student must pay.

Fees Charged in Addition to Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  • Special Course Fees* - In courses using facilities for which the College must pay, such costs will be assessed as a laboratory fee in the appropriate amount.
  • TN eCampus Fee - TN eCampus students' campus access, technology access fees or campus student activity fees are included in the TN eCampus Online Course Fee. TN eCampus fees DO NOT cap at 12 hours. The TN eCampus fee for other TBR institutions may be accessed at
  • Late Registration Fee - $25.00 This fee will be charged during the entire period of late registration, which is anytime after final registration day. The effective date of the late registration fee will be determined by the College.
  • ID Card Replacement Fee - $5.00 per replacement. Non-refundable.
  • Private Music Fee* - $45.00 for 1 lab hour per semester, $75.00 for each 2 lab hours per semester. This fee is charged for all individual instruction music classes.
  • Returned Check Fee - $30.00 for each returned check. Checks tendered in payment of tuition/fees should be drawn only against accounts with sufficient balances. Every effort will be made to collect on checks returned for any reason. Non-refundable.
  • External Proctor Fee - Online Students taking courses with proctored exams might incur a proctoring location fee when requesting an external proctor.
  • Online Course Fee - Students taking online courses through Cleveland State will be charged $10.00 per credit hour of online courses.



*These fees are non-refundable once the semester has started.






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