Tuition and Fees

Bursar’s Office
Main Office: Pitkin Education Center, Room L-127
Phone: (201) 447-7105.

Tuition is payable by all students each semester or session on a per credit basis. For the tuition rates and fees table for each academic year, go to

Information on the student account is available on the Bergen student portal ( Tuition and fees are payable online via the Bergen Portal ( or at the Bursar’s office, located in Room L-127, Pitkin Education Center, on the College’s main campus in Paramus.

Checks and money orders must be made payable to Bergen Community College and have student’s College ID number on the face. Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover are also accepted. Cash payments are accepted in person at the Bursar’s Office, Room L-127, on the main campus in Paramus.

Students who register in person will be given a bill with a due date at the time of registration. Students are responsible for withdrawal from classes if they do not plan to attend. Students also may take advantage of the College’s deferred payment plan accessible through the Bergen Student Portal, under "Financial Information for students" group menu. Payment plans are available during fall and spring semesters.

Students may also visit the Financial Aid Office to explore other options for payment of tuition and fees. The Financial Aid Office is located at the One Stop Center, Room A-129, on the College’s main campus in Paramus, and can be reached via email at or by phone at (201) 447-7148.

A student with outstanding charges must resolve those charges with the Bursar’s Office, located in Room L-127, on the College’s main campus in Paramus, or via email at or by calling (201) 447-7105.


Payable by all students each semester or session on a per credit basis.

General Fee

Payable by all students each semester or session, the general fee partially defrays the following costs: registration, library, laboratory breakage, student and intercollegiate activities, student government, and graduation cost.
This general fee is non-refundable and payable each semester or session on a per credit basis.

Technology Fee

Payable by all students each semester or session.
The technology fee partially defrays the cost of the development and replacement of instructional technology, including expanding and improving internet access, maintenance of academic computing labs and networks, maintenance of desktop computers and multimedia labs, and expanding distance learning opportunities for students.
This technology fee is non-refundable and payable each semester or session on a per credit basis.


Out-of-county residents who are enrolled in a program or course not offered by their home county community college may pay in-county rates if they present a completed out-of-county charge-back form with their tuition payment.
The forms and instructions for a chargeback are available at the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (Room A-115), on the College’s main campus in Paramus.
Depending upon home county requirements, a new chargeback will be needed for each academic year, or in some cases, for each semester.


Chargeback enables a student to pay In-County tuition rates. The difference in tuition will be paid by student’s home county if the chargeback application is approved.

Chargeback requests may be approved by Home Counties if the county’s community college does not offer the program or course or if the county’s community college does not have space available in the program or course.

For more information about chargeback assistance, refer to the web page:

F-1 Student Fee

This is a one-time fee paid by F-1 visa holders and those changing to F-1 visa status upon initial registration for the Fall and Spring semesters.
This fee will enable the College to meet U.S. government requirements surrounding F-1 visa regulations and will enhance the services that are offered by the International Student Center.
This fee does not apply to F-1 Visiting Students and these fees are non-refundable.

Special Registration Fee

Payable by all students each semester or session. 

The special registration fee covers the cost of parking permits, student ID cards.

Add/Drop Fee

Any student who adds and/or drops a course section during Change of Registration will incur a fee per occurrence. Change of Registration takes place during the first week of the semester. The actual dates are published in the Registration Forms/Academic Calendar each semester. “Weeks” are figured based on the starting date of the semester.
For example, if the semester starts on a Wednesday, the first week of classes ends on the following Tuesday. Appeals for a refund of the drop/add fee may be made by filing the appropriate form located at the Office of Enrollment Services/Registration Center/One-Stop, Bursar’s Office or online. Forms may be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services/Registration Center or faxed to (201) 670-7973.

Security Fee

Payable by all students each semester or session. The security fee partially defrays the cost of campus security. This security fee is non-refundable and payable each semester or session on a per credit basis.

Applicable Course Fees

In courses where additional instructional cost factors are incurred, the student will be charged a course fee. Schedules and bills will indicate which courses have an additional cost factor.
Students in Health Career Programs incur additional costs for items such as uniforms, instruments, liability, insurance, and transportation. These costs vary by program and are factored into financial aid benefits.

Returned Check Fee

Any check not honored by the bank will incur a returned check fee and will require restitution in cash, money order, or certified check.
All future transactions with the College also must be made by cash, money order, or certified check.

Stop Payment

Students who issue stop-payment authorization against checks paid to the College for tuition, fees, and other services are held responsible for such payment.
A returned check fee for such stop payment authorizations also will be assessed.
Once the outstanding financial obligations have been met in the Office of the Bursar, students are eligible to withdraw from classes according to the guidelines indicated under WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES (in this section) and the posted college deadlines for withdrawal from classes.

Students with Outstanding Charges

Students who have outstanding financial obligations to the College or those who fail to return college materials on loan or assignment to them will have a hold placed on their record.
Such students will not receive copies of academic transcripts and will not be permitted to register for the next session.

College must receive full payment for any outstanding balance before release of transcript or registration for future semesters.

In the case of a graduating senior, conferment of the degree will be withheld.
When materials cannot be returned because of loss or damage, the student is liable for the full retail price of a replacement.

Course Specific Fees Information

Animation Technology Fee for ART 290, 291, 292, 293, 298$ 50.00
Applied Music Course Fee for All "MUA" Course Sections$175.00
Biology Consum. Fee for All "BIO" Course Sections$55.00
Chemistry Consum. Fee for All CHM 100, 102, 110, 112, 141, 212, 241, 250, 260, 262$36.00
Dental Hygiene Program Fee for DHY 101, 201, 202, 203$100.00
Drafting & Design Technology Fee for DFT 107, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 215, 216, 220, 262, 
266, 282$50.00
Early Childhood Education Program Fee for EDU 120, 220, 222, 224$75.00
Food Service Program Fee for HRM 103, 202, 206, 213$100.00
Horticulture Program Fee for HRT 101, 102, 103, 104, 112, 113,114, 115, 119, 120, 124, 125, 130, 204,
213, 214, 215, 232, 233, 234, 235, 237$45.00
Industrial Consum. Fee for All "MFG, ELC, and TEC" Course Sections$15.00
Medical Office Asst. Program Fee for MOA 241, 243, 244$50.00
Music Equipment Fee for MUS 103, 118, 119, 131, 132, 133, 134, 137, 153, 231, 232, 241, 242,
Music Technology Fee for MUS 150, 151$ 50.00
Nursing Fee for NUR 183$600.00
Nursing Fee for NUR 281, 282, 284, 285, 290, 291$300.00
Physics Consum. Fee for All PHY 185, 186, 280, 286, 290, 291$25.00
Radiation Therapy Program Fee for RTT 120, 121, 221, 230$50.00
Radiography Program Fee for RAD 182, 282, 286, 289$100.00
Respiratory Therapy Program Fee for RSP 121, 225, 231, 235$100.00
Sonography Program Fee for DMS 102, 218, 220, 221$100.00
Surgical Tech Program Fee for SUR 102, 201, 202$50.00
Veterinary Tech Program Fee for VET 203, 205, 214, 217$50.00


Refunds are based on the date that the drop or withdrawal form was filed (See Withdrawal from Classes) and are figured according to the following schedule:

Withdrawal Schedule Fall/Spring Summer
Withdrawal before scheduled opening day of the semester or session* 100% 100%
Withdrawal before the start of the second week of classes* 100% 50%
Withdrawal before the start of the third week of classes* 50% 25%
Withdrawal before the start of the fourth week of classes* 25% 0%
Withdrawal after the end of the fourth week of classes* 0% 0%

Courses that do not meet for the full semester have prorated refund periods*.

*The actual dates are published in the Registration booklet each semester. “Weeks” are figured based on the starting date of the of the semester. For example, if the semester starts on a Wednesday, the first week of classes ends on the following Tuesday. Due to the compressed nature of Summer semesters, please refer to the Registration booklet for specific dates.

Method of Refund

Refunds will be made by Bergen Community College check in the name of the student and mailed to the address of record or through a direct deposit to the student checking or savings account.

Credit card refunds will be processed to the account originally charged.

Students on scholarship or other tuition assistance who withdraw in time for a refund may receive the refund based on the stipulation of the grantor.

Refunds for special sessions conducted by the College are paid in accordance with the local calendar covering that specific session and within the College framework and guidelines.

For information on direct deposits, contact the Bursar's Office at

Refund Guidelines

The following fees are non-refundable: Reinstatement Fee, General Fee (per credit), Technology Fee (per credit), Security Fee (per credit), and Special Registration Fee (per semester).

Refunds for Military Service

Students who are called to active duty in the Reserve or National Guard or who are inducted in to other branches of the military may apply for a full refund of tuition and fees or re-enroll in the course upon the completion of military service.

Students must be actively attending the course to within seven days of departure.

Application for refund must be processed before the end of the semester in which the withdrawal occurs. In those cases where the instructor agrees to assign a grade because the student has completed most of the work for the course, there will be no entitlement to a refund of tuition and fees.

Financial Aid Students should refer to the Financial Aid Section for information on refunds.

Method of Return of Funds by the Student

The student (or parent, if a Federal PLUS loan) must return the unearned funds for which they are responsible to loan programs in accordance with the terms of the loan, and to grant programs as an overpayment. Grant overpayments are subject to repayment arrangements satisfactory to the school, or over-payment collection procedures prescribed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.