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Tuition & Fees

SouthArk offers a variety of Financial Aid programs, including scholarships, Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Arkansas State Assistance Programs, Work-Study programs, and Federal Family Educational Loan programs. Priority deadline to apply for financial aid is June 1st for Fall term, November 1st for Spring term, and April 1st for Summer terms. Students may still apply after the priority deadline but cannot be guaranteed the results of their aid by the first day of class.  

Payment Deadlines:  Refer to Academic Calendar

School year 24/25

  • In-District Tuition*..........................$93 per credit hour 
  • Out-of-District Tuition..................$108 per credit hour 
  • Out-of-State Tuition....................$185 per credit hour

Tuition costs as of July 1, 2024.
*In-District is Union County.

Fees

Pass-Through Fees

Pass-Through fees may be increased or changed at any time. Pass-Through fees are defined as fees collected by the College from the student to pay for specific expenditures associated with the program. Examples include, but are not limited to, assessment, testing, background checks, and other resources provided and/or required by external third-party entities. Vendors periodically increase their costs and this cost is passed on to the student.

Tuition, fees and other charges are under review and remain subject to change at any time. Any one that has registered will owe additional funds and any regular payment plans already set up will change automatically.

Mandatory Fees (required for all courses
Academic Support Fee $30 per semester 
Technology $22 per credit hour 
Activity $6 per credit hour
Support $4 per credit hour 
Security $7 per credit hour 
Academic Enhancement Fee $4 per credit hour
Non-Mandatory Fees (for all online/hybrid courses)
Online/Hybrid Fee $13 per credit hour
Course-Related Fees and Other Charges
Credit-by-Exam Challenge Test (per test) $7 plus 12 per credit hour
Online/Hybrid Course Fee $13 per credit hour
Inclusive Access Fee Cost varies by course
Challenge Test (per test $7, plus $12 per credit hour)
Accuplacer Test  $10
ID Card Replacement $8
Laboratory and Specific Course Fees Check "Fee" column on Course Schedule*
Music (private lesson) $100 per credit hour
TEAS Test (Health Admission Test) $70
Test Proctoring Fee $15 per test
Transcript $5

Health Sciences Fees:

Important Note: Students in Health Science programs will have other fees and costs associated with the programs that are paid individually by the student but not as a fee to the college, therefore, they are not listed below. More information can be provided by applicable program director.

Emergency Medical Services: (EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic)
EMT Background Check $137**
EMT Course Fee $30 per course with lab component*
EMT Drug Screen Fee $48**
EMT Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
EMT NREMT Practical Exam Fee $104**
EMT Professional Program Fee $150
 EMT Student Supply Fee $116*
EMT Uniform Fee $100**
AEMT Background Check $137**
AEMT Course Fee $30 per course with lab component*
AEMT Drug Screen Fee $42 **
AEMT Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
AEMT NREMT Practical Exam Fee $144**
AEMT Professional Program Fee $150
AEMT Student Supply Fee $100*
   
Paramedic Advanced Course Certification Cards  $45**
Paramedic Background Check Fee $137**
Paramedic Course Fee $30 per course with lab component*
Paramedic Drug Screen Fee $42**
Paramedic Health Science Simulation Lab Fee $75 in Spring and Summer semesters*
Paramedic Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
Paramedic NREMT Practical Exam Fee $160**
Paramedic Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
Paramedic Student Supply Fee $100 per semester*
Paramedic Uniform Fee $150**
   
Medical Coding  
Assessment/Test Fee $49**
Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
In addition, a criminal background check and drug screen will be required, which are not charged as fees so these must be purchased by the student.
   
Physical Therapist Assistant  
Background Check Fee $80**
Course Fee $70 per course with lab component*
Experiential Learning Fee $150**
Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
Testing Fee (Board Prep) $220**
In addition, a drug screen MAY be required, depending on the assigned clinical site for each student. Since it will not be charged as a fee, it must be purchased by the student IF APPLICABLE.
In addition, uniforms will be required, which is not charged as a fee so these must be purchased by the student.
   
Practical Nursing  
ATI Fee $412 per semester; x3 semesters
ATI Retake Exam Fee $68
(only charged on an ass-needed basis for students who must repeat ATI tests)**
Compliance Packge Fee $43
Course Fee $50 per course with lab component*
Drug Screen Fee $48**
Health Science Simulation Lab Fee $160 per semester*
Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25
Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
Supply Fee $150
In addition, uniforms will be required, which is not charged as a fee so these must be purchased by the student.
   
Radiologic Technology  
Course Fee $270 per course with lab component* 
Experiential Learning Fee $150 per semester x 2 semesters**
Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25 per academic year**
Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
Program Fee $10**
Testing/Program Fee $350**
In addition, uniforms will be required, which is not charged as a fee so these must be purchased by the student.  
   
Registered Nursing  
ATI Fee $442 per semester**
ATI Retesting Fee $68
(only charged on an as-needed basis for students who must repeat ATI tests) *  
Course Fee $75 per course with lab component*
Drug Screen Fee $48**
Health Science Simulation Lab Fee $160 per semester*
Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
Professional Program Fee $240 per semester
Supply Fees $180*
RQUI for BLS (Software) $70
In addition, uniforms will be required, which is not charged as a fee so these must be purchased by the student.
   
Surgical Technology  
Clinical Orientation Fee $10**
Course Fee $150 per course with lab component*
CST Practice Exam Fee $50**
Dosimetry Badge Fee $257**
Drug Screen Fee $42**
Experiential Learning Fee $150**
Health Science Simulation Lab Fee $75 X 1 semester*
Liability and Accident Insurance Fee $25**
Professional Program Fee $150 per semester
Surgical Case Tracker Fee $34**
Test Fee (Gold Bundle Pkg.) $247**
In addition, a background check fee ($80) and uniforms will be required, which is not charged as a fee so these must be purchased by the student.  

 

*Course Lab and Student Supply Fees: Fee amounts vary per course and/or per program. See the current Course Schedule for a list of Course Lab and Supply Fees and/or contact the program director or faculty member.

**Pass-Through Fees

Pass-Through fees may be increased or changed at any time. Pass-Through fees are defined as fees collected by the College from the student to pay for specific expenditures associated with the program. Examples include, but are not limited to, assessment, testing, background checks, and other resources provided and/or required by external third-party entities. Vendors periodically increase their costs and this cost is passed on to the student.

Table of Tuition for 1-18 Credits for Academic Year 2022-2023

Hours In-District Out-of-District Out-of-State OSW/OST
Tuition
*Mand. Fees 
per Hour
**Online/Hybrid
Fees Per Hour
1 89 103 179 76 72 13
2 178 206 358 152 114 26
3 267 309 537 228 156 39
4 356 412 716 304 198 52
5 445 515 895 380 240 65
6 534 618 1074 456 282 78
7 623 721 1256 532 324 91
8 712 824 1432 608 366 104
9 801 927 1611 684 408 117
10 890 1030 1790 760 450 130
11 979 1133 1969 836 492 143
12 1068 1236 2148 912 534 156
13 1157 1339 2327 988 576 169
14 1246 1442 2506 1064 618 182
15 1335 1545 2685 1140 660 195
16 1424 1648 2864 1216 702 208
17 1513 1751 3043 1292 744 221
18 1602 1854 3222 1368 786 234

Institutional Refund Policy

Students desiring to withdraw from class should refer to the withdrawal section of the catalog or the master schedule. Upon the student’s official withdrawal from class, the college will refund tuition and qualifying fees according to the following schedules:

Regular Semester (16-Week Term)        Tuition  Fees
Classes in session 1-10 class days       100% 100%
Classes in session 11 class days       0% 0%
           
Long Summer (10-Week Term)          
Classes in session 1-4 class days       100% 100%
Classes in session 5 class day       0% 0%
           
First and Second Summer (Five-Week Term)          
Classes in session 1-4 class days       100% 100%
Classes in session 5 class days       0% 0%
           
Irregular Terms (mini-mesters)          
Classes in session 1-6 class days       100% 100%
Classes in session 7 class days       0% 0%

Administrative cancellation of a class will result in a 100% refund of tuition and fees for the class. The enrollment period for tuition purposes shall be defined as the first day of regularly scheduled classes until the last day of class or final examinations, excluding holidays. Refunds are calculated only on hours that reduce the student’s credit load below full-time, maximum-tuition status. Refunds are calculated based on the above refund tables regardless of non-attendance.