Fees and Expenses
There are several types of fees and expenses at College of the Sequoias. Most of these are determined by
the State--and are the same fees charged for every community college in the State. The following is a brief description of the types of fees and expenses that you may have as a student:
- Enrollment Fee - An enrollment fee of $46.00 per unit is charged to all
students. An enrollment fee of $23.00 is charged per 1/2 unit. The
non-resident fee is an additional $245.00 per unit.
- Health Fee - A mandatory health fee is charged each semester to all COS students enrolled in classes for units or who are repeating a class under the Community Service Option. The health fee is $19.00 for Spring and Fall semesters and $16.00 for the Summer Semester. The health services fee helps support campus health services, including accident insurance. Fee waivers are available for religious reasons. (Contact the Health Center for more information or call 730-3880.)
- Transit Fee - Part time students are charged $4 and full time students are charged $5.
- Material Fee - In certain courses, the Board of Trustees may approve a fee to cover specific materials in a class which will be given to the student. Fees vary and are noted in the Schedule of Classes. Materials fees are refunded to students who completely withdraw from class the last day of registration before the semester begins or if the class is cancelled by the college. There are no material fee refunds once the semester begins.
- Parking Fees (Optional) - Students wishing to park on campus must purchase a semester parking sticker. Parking permits are purchased on a semester basis from https://sequoias.thepermitstore.com. The parking permit for both full-time and part-time students is $25.00 per semester. Motorcycle and Moped parking is free in designated areas. (This fee is applicable to all students of outside colleges who offer classes on our campuses.) For Summer sessions, students are charged a $10.00 fee for a summer parking permit, however, current Spring or Fall semester permits are valid for summer semester. Students not wishing to purchase a semester parking permit may purchase one-day parking passes for $2.00 from the dispensers located in Hanford in front of the Education Building or inside the Vocational Building. Students wishing to utilize handicapped parking on campus must purchase a campus parking permit AND obtain a free handicapped parking permit from the Disability Resource Center or display a DMV issued place-card. If you pay for a daily permit and the machine fails to issue one, please see a staff member at the Hanford Hub.
- Purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a space will be available
- The College District is not responsible for losses due to theft or damage
- Lost semester permits may be replaced at the same cost as the original
purchase price. Stolen permits may be replaced only after the permit is
reported stolen to Campus Police
- Activity / Benefits Fee - Optional purchase
of a photo and identification card entitles you to all the privileges of
Associated Student Body membership, including local merchant
discounts. Cost is $7.50 per semester, charged with 6 units or more. *
*May be waived. See the Student Life and Leadership office within the first two weeks of the semester.
A student representation fee of $1.00 per semester (for students
enrolled in six (6) or more units) is charged. A waiver of this fee can
be obtained for religious, political, moral, or financial reasons. The
Representation Fee is an includable cost in student budgets for
students receiving federal and/or state financial aid benefits.
Student Center Fee - The students of College
of the Sequoias approved a $1.00 per unit ($5.00 maximum per semester)
Student Center fee. By California state law, this fee may only be used
to finance, construct, enlarge, remodel, refurbish and operate the COS
Campus Center. The state does not pay for student center construction
at any office of the colleges or universities; instead, it allows
students to do so. This fee will be collected each year indefinitely.
Non-resident Tuition Fees - The non-resident tuition fee is $245 per semester unit, plus applicable
enrollment fees payable each semester upon registration. The
non-resident tuition fee for foreign students is $245 per semester unit
and when the student is both a citizen and a resident of a foreign
country, a $100 processing fee must accompany the application which is
deductible from the tuition fee at the time of enrollment, plus all
applicable enrollment fees. Guidelines and regulations for fee refunds
for the non-resident student are the same as for all other students.
fees are mandated by the State and are subject to change without prior
notice. All fees are due at the time you register for class(es). If you
drop, or are dropped after the refund deadline, you will still be
responsible for all fees owed. Any increase in fees after the student registers will be charged and billed accordingly.
Enrollment and Health Fee Refunds - Enrollment
and health fees for students who reduce units or completely withdraw
(not including short-term classes) from college prior to the end of the
SECOND WEEK OF INSTRUCTION will be as follows:
- Refunds are given ONLY by student petition. Forms can be obtained at the Cashier's Office located in Room 102
- All refunds are issued by check. Students will be charged a $5.00 handling fee on enrollment credits only
- Reimbursements petitioned for by the end of the fifth (5th) week
will be mailed between the 6th and 8th instructional week of the
semester. Refund petitions which are received by the end of the 12th
week of the semester will be mailed between the 13th and 15th week of
- Students may carry a refund/credit balance and use it the following semester to avoid the $5.00 handling fee
- No refunds will be given for classes dropped after the first two
(2) weeks of school (or short-term classes dropped after the first class
day). For Summer, no refunds will be given for classes dropped after
the first two (2) days of the semester
- No refunds for material fees will be given unless the student drops class prior to the first day of the semester
- Credit balances will be carried forward to the following semester
Payment of Fees - Payment of fees may be made on the:
- WEB ( www.cos.edu ) by credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover Card) or;
- by check or money order payable to COS and mailed to: Attention Cashier's Office, College of the Sequoias, 915 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA 93277. Write your SSN or Student ID number on the face of your check - DO NOT MAIL CASH ; or
- in person at the COS Cashier's Office or Hanford Center by cash,
check, money order, credit card or agency payment (financial aid). Credit card purchases may be subject to pre-approval. The following policy applies when payment is made by personal check:
- Check is for the payment due only
- Must provide photo identification and social security number
- Imprinted checks only
- In-state checks only
- No personal two-party checks
- Non-sufficient funds checks are turned over to Sequoia Check
Collection. The no sufficient funds check charge is $30.00 plus
customer bank charge which will be added to all returned checks.
Books may also be purchased with Master Card or Visa. Students are
encouraged to purchase books after attending the first class session.
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