Tuition and Fees

Fees and payments

The State Board of Community Colleges establishes tuition annually, and the Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees establishes special fees associated with some classes. Tuition and fees are listed below and are subject to change without notice.

All tuition and fees are due by the published payment due dates. Students may pay:

  • By web at Self-Service may be unavailable for weekly scheduled maintenance beginning Thursdays at 8 p.m. through Fridays at 8 a.m.
  • By drop box located in front of the Cashier's Office on Southern Wake Campus, Montague Hall, 9101 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh.
  • By mail to the Cashier's Office, Wake Technical Community College, 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • In person at the Cashier's Office on Southern Wake Campus, Perry Health Sciences Campus, Scott Northern Wake Campus, RTP Campus or Western Wake Campus

Payments may be made using personal check, debit card, credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or cash. If you choose to pay by personal check, it is suggested that each student bring two checks to registration: one for registration and one for the purchase of books and supplies. Textbooks are purchased by students as needed. Costs of textbooks vary, depending upon the curriculum in which the student is enrolled.

All rates are subject to change by action of the North Carolina General Assembly (tuition) and the Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees (fees).

Tuition rates
View current tuition and fees

Fees are established by the Wake Tech Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice.

  • Application fee
    Wake Tech does not charge application fees, with the exception of a $40 application fee for international students.
  • Student activity fee
    $35 per semester (applies to Fall and Spring semesters and Summer term)
  • Campus access fee
    Charged per semester during registration at Southern Wake, Scott Northern Wake, RTP, Western Wake, Perry Health Sciences and Public Safety Education campuses:
    • Curriculum Education
      $85 per term during Fall and Spring semesters
      $25 for Summer term
    •  Workforce Continuing Education
       $5 per class or 10% of the cost of the course, whichever is greater (not applicable to fee-waived students, courses at community schools and other off-site locations and completely online courses)
  • Online, hybrid/blended courses
    Students in online or hybrid/blended courses may be required to complete tests or assignments with a proctor at a Wake Tech eLearning Testing Center (no student fee involved) or an approved proctoring location. Approved proctoring locations off Wake Tech campuses may include a student fee to cover the cost of this service by the provider.
  • Computer use/technology fee
    $3 per credit hour per term ($48 per semester maximum)
  • Lost gate card fee
    $5 per card
  • Lost ID card fee
    $5 per card
  • Professional liability insurance
    $6 per term for Health Sciences students
    $6 per term for Cosmetology and Esthetics students
  • Official transcript fee
    $5 for each transcript
  • Music fee
    $240 per course for MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261 and MUS 262
  • Supply and other fees
    Fees ranging from $5 to $100 may be associated with certain courses. Fees will be noted in the course notes in the schedule of classes.
  • Placement test score report
    $5 per report
  • ACCUPLACER and placement test retest fee
    $10 per retest
  • Facility fee (community schools)
    A fee of $25 per class will be charged to students attending classes at community schools locations. Fees will be collected by Wake Tech at the time of registration. Community schools fees are established by the Wake County Public School System and are subject to change without notice.
  • Facility fee (ice skating, bowling and golf)
    Fees are charged to students registering for the following classes:
    • PED 177:  $85
    • PED 139:  $80
    • PED 128:  $40
  • Facility fee (State Learning and Development Center)
    A lab facility fee of $25 to $65 per course is charged to students attending classes at the State Personnel Development Center (101 W. Peace St. in Raleigh).

Registration and tuition charges for audited courses are the same as for courses taken for credit. Audited classes earn neither credit hour nor quality points. Requests to audit must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the last day to add classes.

Returned checks and unpaid accounts
Any student who has a returned check will be notified by certified letter. If the returned check is not cleared within the specified time, all academic records will be frozen until the account is cleared. Students who develop a pattern of payment by returned checks will have this payment option revoked. Once identified, these individuals will be required to pay by cash, money order, certified check or credit card. The bank is authorized to present NSF checks for payment a second time, which may result in additional fees being assessed.

Unpaid student accounts, including returned checks and unpaid parking tickets, will prevent graduation, the granting of credit and the release of any transcript.

Senior citizen tuition waiver
Individuals age 65 or older are required to pay for tuition and fees for all community college classes taken for credit. These individuals may choose, on the first day of the course, to audit courses with the following guidelines as outlined in 1E SBCCC 1000.2:

  • Tuition and registration fees will be waived. Local fees associated with course selections may be charged.

    1. Procedure: Obtain Audit form from the Registration and Records office.
    2. Submit completed form along with a copy of driver's license or state identification card to the Registration & Records office.

    Registration staff will process the Audit form.

    1D SBCCC 700.1 (a) Definition. "Audit" means to enroll in a course section without receiving a grade, academic credit, continuing education unit or certificate of completion.

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Curriculum classes
Refunds are processed under the North Carolina Community College System refund policy.

Tuition refunds are automatically processed based on deadlines and drop dates and sent to BankMobile for processing.

Refunds are issued only after the 10% date in the semester. This date is published as the drop deadline in class schedules and registration information each semester.

Tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis up to a maximum of 16 credit hours per term. There is no additional tuition charge for registration in excess of maximum credit hours. Students will be eligible for refunds when course drops result in enrollment for less than maximum credit hours and meet the applicable conditions described below.

For regular-schedule classes that begin the first week (seven calendar days) of the term:

  • 100% refund will be given if the student drops the class prior to the first day of the academic semester as published on the official college calendar.
  • 75% refund will be given if the student drops the class on or after the first day of the semester and on of before the official 10% point of the semester, as published in the college calendar. Students who fail to attend classes at all, and who are marked as "never attended" by the instructors, will be de-registered from the class rosters.

For classes that begin at times other than the first week (seven calendar days) of the term:

  • 100% refund will be given if the student drops the class prior to the first class meeting.
  • 75% refund will be given if the student drops the class on or before the 10% point of the class. Students who fail to attend classes at all, and who are marked as "never attended" by the instructors, will be de-registered from the class rosters.

To comply with applicable federal regulations regarding refunds, federal regulations supersede the state refund regulations stated in this rule.

For classes for which the college collects receipts that are not required to be deposited into the State Treasury account, the college will adopt local refund policies.

Canceled classes
100% refund will be given if the class in which the student is officially registered is canceled by the college. 

Military tuition
Upon request, the college will grant a full refund of tuition and fees to military reserve and National Guard personnel called to active duty or active-duty personnel with assignments outside North Carolina that make it impossible for them to complete course requirements.

When a student withdraws entirely and the tuition refund is approved by the college as set forth above, student activity and community schools fees will be refunded in total. 

Death of a student
In the event of a student's death, all tuition and fees paid for that term may be refunded to the estate of the deceased. 

Books will be accepted for full refund when the student withdraws from the college or drops a class on or before the 10% point in the semester, provided the books have not been marked in or otherwise defaced. Students must present requests for book refunds (with sales receipts) by the 10% point in the semester to the bookstore manager, who is authorized to accept or reject the request for refund.

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