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Educational Costs and Policies



Nebraska Indian Community College offers an unforgettable experience at an affordable price. The experience you gain at NICC, as well as the degree you earn, will pay dividends for the rest of your life. The lifetime difference in earnings between someone with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and someone with just a high school diploma is pretty significant. But on top of that, the friends, network, and professional connections you’ll make during your time here will prove invaluable.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee increases are subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

*Student Services fee (New students)
       The student services fee is applied to offset costs related to Student ID’s, and folders used for records.

$ 25.00
Tuition (per credit)
        Tuition, Fees, and Books associated with instruction of a course.
$ 170.00
**Graduation fee (applied during semester of graduation)
       The graduation fee is assessed to offset costs related to graduation.
$ 200.00

*One-time, Non-refundable fee.

**One-time, Non-Refundable Fee per degree.

Basic Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance at the Nebraska Indian Community College varies each semester. Variables include the number of credits enrolled and the monthly cost of living. All tuition and fees are considered to be student expenses. Financial Aid will be applied to student expenses as defined in Payment of Awards.

The estimated basic cost for a student attending NICC for one academic year, based on 12 credits per semester for 2 semesters, is:

Student Cost Independent Dependent 
Tuition ($170 per credit hour) $ 4,080.00  $ 4,080.00
Room and Board (estimated) $ 12,718.00  $ 6,359.00
Travel (estimated) $ 4,680.00  $ 4,680.00
Personal (estimated) $ 4,563.00  $ 4,563.00
TOTAL COST OF ATTENDANCE $ 26,041.00 $ 19,682.00 
     
Child Care (if applicable) $ 5,517.00  
** Student Services Fee * $ 25.00  * $ 25.00
* Graduation Fee * $ 200.00  * $ 200.00

*One-time Fee.
**Non Refundable and one time.

Expenses vary widely depending on individual situations, programs, and spending habits.

NICC Refund Procedure

Tuition and fees will be null and void if a student drops during the official drop/add period of the semester, with the exception of non-refundable fees and unreturned books. After the drop/add period, tuition and fees will be refunded in accordance to the schedule below. Students must officially withdraw from college by submitting a request with his/her advisor and student support services, see Withdrawal section in the catalog.

● Drops electronically submitted prior to the official drop/add period will not be applied to the relating semester.
● Withdrawals after the census date of the fall/spring term or the first week of the summer term will be billed 100% of the tuition charge.
● Unofficial Withdrawal may require a student to return funds to Title IV (based on last date of attendance) if they received a Financial Aid disbursement prior to their “stop out” date. Students that have not been awarded yet will have their fund balance adjusted.
● Textbooks and materials must be returned when dropping a course. Returned textbooks must be unmarked, and in excellent condition to be accepted for return. Books not in resalable condition will be charged to the student.

Financial Aid Disbursement Procedure

Title IV disbursements will be made after the census date and enrollment and attendance can be verified and documented. All educational costs, incurred through the last recorded date of attendance or the official withdrawal will be considered in determining the amount retained for the school and earned amount from the student.

Disbursement and repayment policies are in accordance with Federal regulations for the Higher Education Act as amended. If a return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation shows that a student has not earned all of the disbursement, the student will owe the unearned amount to Federal Student Aid Program. Financial aid recipients who withdraw from all courses during the semester or are involuntarily withdrawn may not be eligible for financial aid the following term. Students that do not continue attendance through at least 60% of the term will owe money back to Federal Student Aid, and will not be eligible to receive additional Federal Student Aid until the funds are re-paid to FSA.

Return to Title IV (R2T4)

Student Financial Aid (SFA)
The school is certified by the U. S. Department of Education as an eligible participant in Federal Student Financial Aid (SFA) programs established under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (Title IV programs). The school is required to determine earned and unearned portions of Title IV aid for students who cancel, withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

Federal Financial Aid Refunds - Return of Title IV (R2T4) Calculation
A student recipient of Federal Title IV funds (i.e., Federal Pell or SEOG) who withdraws from the college before completing 60% of the term is subject to the Return of Title IV Calculation to determine the percentage of Title IV funds required to be returned to the federal government. The Return of Title IV calculation is a federally mandated formula to determine how much federal funding was “earned” up to the time of withdrawal.

The Title IV funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned to the federal government by the college and/or the student. If the student received a refund from financial aid, which was to be used for education-related personal expenses or housing expenses, the student may be required to return a portion of those funds to the college. This portion represents funds that were intended to pay the student’s education-related expenses through the end of the semester/term. The amount to be returned to the college will be determined by the student’s institutional costs, refunds the student might have received for non-institutional expenses and the funds that must be returned to the government.

The amount to be returned to the federal government will be calculated based on the last documented day of attendance in any class for which the student was registered. There are two types of withdrawals, official and unofficial. An official withdrawal occurs when a student follows the published process for withdrawing from the college prior to the end of the term. Attendance taking institutions require instructors to keep records of attendance, the official date of withdrawal will be the last documented day of attendance in any class for which they are registered. An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student leaves the college without notice. Title IV aid recipients who fail to withdraw but stop attending class are considered unofficial withdraws. The Return to Title IV Funds policy requires the college to calculate the "earned" amount based on the last day of attendance of the semester/term. If the student stopped attending prior to the 60% point of the term, the student will be billed for the outstanding charges as a result of the Return of Title IV funds.

Nebraska Indian Community College uses the Federal Calculation form to determine earned amount of Title IV funds. The formula for recalculation can be seen at this web link, https://ifap.ed.gov/aidworksheets/attachments/CreditHourWorksheets2017.pdf

A student may be eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement if, prior to withdrawing, the student earned more federal financial aid than was disbursed. If a student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement for Title IV funds, it will be processed for the student and a refund will be issued within 14 days of the credit balance.

Payment Plans

Students have the option of negotiating payment plans with the NICC Business Office if Financial Aid is not available. It is expected that the student will complete payment agreements each semester they are attending. Payment schedules will be reviewed each term.

Students may have the opportunity to work off balances due to NICC (but not balances due to FSA) prior to graduation. NICC’s campus work-study program must have approval from the designated supervisor and Business Office prior to start date.

NICC accepts Third Party payment plans which are arranged by the student with their employers or other outside agencies. A Third-Party payment agreement form is required to be completed and submitted to the business office by the fourth week of the semester of attendance.

Business Office

The Business office is the official institutional depository for student bills and payment plans. The Business Office is responsible for student’s bills, and distribution of refunds. More information on the Business Office’s policies and procedures can be read in the Business Office Policies and Procedures Schedule.

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