Oct 04, 2022  
2020-2021 Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment Services



Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are based on the 2020-2021 academic year. These rates are subject to change at any time.

Iowa Resident Tuition

  • $176 per credit hour.

Non-Iowa Resident Tuition

  • $200 per credit hour.

International Tuition

  • $215 per credit hour.

Student Fees

  • Course Fee - $24 per credit hour
  • Other Program Costs - Expenses vary depending on specific program requirements (such as textbooks, tools and uniforms).

Student Financial Responsibility Agreement

Northeast Iowa Community College believes it is important for students to understand and acknowledge the financial commitment made by registering for classes. All students who register for classes will be required to electronically sign a Student Financial Responsibility Agreement. This Agreement outlines a student’s financial responsibilities associated with registering for classes and the consequences of non-payment of tuition and fees.

Tuition Payment Plan

A monthly payment plan for tuition and course fees is available through Nelnet Business Solutions (not available for textbook purchases). Nelnet is an online service that will set up automatic monthly payments to be deducted from a checking, savings or credit card account. Contact the Business Services Office for plan options and deadlines or for a brochure on the automatic payment plan.

Offset Program

Northeast Iowa Community College participates in the State of Iowa Offset Program. Unpaid balances for educational debt will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Administrative Services for collection against any claim owed to an individual by a state agency. This includes but is not limited to state of Iowa income tax refunds.

Residency Status

A student enrolling at NICC shall be classified as a resident or non-resident of the state of Iowa based upon information furnished by the student on their application for admission and other relevant information or the student is enrolled through a formal articulation agreement.  A student may request their permanent residence to the state of Iowa by submitting a Request to Change Residency Status to the Registrar.

The student must document residing in the state of Iowa for at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which he/she is enrolling. A brief statement explaining his/her main purpose for moving to Iowa is required. The student must not have moved to the state of Iowa primarily for educational purposes; students who are in the state of Iowa for educational purposes cannot be granted residency status.

The statement and Request to Change Residency Status must be submitted prior to the start of the semester for which the change would become official along with three supporting documents from different sources that include their name, their Iowa address and a date ninety (90) days prior to the start of the semester for which the change is sought. The following are examples of acceptable documentation:

  • Written, notarized documentation from an employer.
  • Proof of Iowa Household credit on property taxes.
  • Iowa voter registration card.
  • Iowa vehicle registration card.
  • Iowa state income tax return.
  • Iowa driver’s license.
  • Utility bill (water, gas or electric).

If a student gives misleading or incorrect information for the purpose of evading payment of non-resident fees, he or she must pay the non-resident fees for each semester the student was not officially classified as a non-resident.

It is the responsibility of the student to request a reclassification of residency status. If a student is reclassified as a resident for tuition purposes, such classification shall be effective beginning with the next semester for which the student enrolls. In no case shall reclassification to residency status be made retroactive for tuition and fee purposes, even though the student could have previously qualified for residency status had the student applied.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the Request to Change Residency Status, contact the Registrar.

Academic Advising

Advisors guide and support students as they determine career goals, help them develop an education plan, connect students with resources and services on campus and assist students in course selection and registration. Advisors are guided by a commitment to promote student development, critical thinking and personal responsibility.

An advisor is assigned to students during their first semester of enrollment.  NICc has mandatory advising which requires that students meet with their advisor (in person, via phone, or by email) at least once each semester prior to registration for the upcoming semester. Students are expected to take an active role in the advising process by being prepared for advising meetings and understanding their degree requirements. Those seeking to continue their education after completing their degree at NICC are advised to begin the transfer planning process early. Further advising information is available at www.nicc.edu/academicadvising.

Students may request an advisor change by completing a form in the Student Services Office.

Course Registration

Registration for the Fall semester opens in April and for Spring and Summer semesters in October each year.  New student registration begins one week after continuing student registration opens.  Dates are posted for students and they must contact their advisor to initiate the registration process as well as discuss educational goals and degree requirements. The final decision on course selection and registration is the student’s responsibility.


Standards of Academic Progress

International students must enroll in at least 12 or more credit hours, unless approved by the international advisor, and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing. Any international student failing to maintain a 2.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. International students on academic probation may enroll the following semester on a probationary status.

For a student to be removed from academic probation, a cumulative 2.0 GPA must be achieved or substantial academic improvement must be evident to the student’s international advisor. If, after the probationary semester, the student has not shown significant improvement toward their GPA, the student’s enrollment will be terminated.

Standards for Healthcare Career Programs

The Iowa Community College health education leaders have established Iowa Core Performance Standards that identify the abilities essential for effective performance in a healthcare career program. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to contact the program dean to review these performance standards prior to beginning coursework toward a healthcare degree. The dean, disability services coordinator, student and other relevant parties will complete the interactive process required by ADA//504/ADAAA to determine which accommodations are reasonable and do not fundamentally alter course requirements or the integrity of our programs.

Fraudulent Academic Credentials

Any person seeking to become a student at NICC who submits a fraudulent or altered academic credential to the College or who is found to have fraudulently altered NICC academic credentials or records will be subject to penalties including suspension or expulsion from the College and/or legal prosecution.