2020-2021 Catalog

Tuition and Fees

Moraine Valley strives to make education affordable. Tuition is assessed on the basis of residency at the time of registration. See the current semester's tuition rates and fees. The college has a one-time application fee and charges fees for amenities, including college activities, construction/infrastructure and technology. Additional fees are required for some instructional programs and courses. These fees may cover laboratory equipment, supplies, malpractice insurance, and student malpractice liability.

Please note: Tuition rates and fees are subject to change without notice.

A payment must be made at the time of registration. Find complete and up-to-date information on payment options here. Further information can be obtained from the Cashier’s Office, call (708) 974-5715.

Tuition and Fees for Corporate, Community and Continuing Education (Noncredit) Courses—Tuition and fees are assigned differently for each course and are listed in the course descriptions. Tuition and fees may change without notice. Courses designated with adult education credit (AEC) are supported by state and local funds, so out-of-district charges may apply to residents who live outside the Moraine Valley district.

Employment in the District—Students who are not residents of District 524 but who are employed full time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) in the district are eligible for in-district tuition rates. The student must be a current full-time employee of the organization who receives and pays the in-district tax bill in order to be eligible for the work-in-district rate. Independent contractors are not considered employees and thus are not eligible for the work-in-district rate. A student must submit two consecutive paycheck stubs, along with a letter written on company stationery and signed by either the owner/manager or the director of human resources attesting to current full-time employment status. A new letter and two consecutive paycheck stubs must be on file each semester in the Cashier’s Office prior to the last day of the college’s refund period for each registered class in order to qualify for in-district tuition.

Billing Information—Students should see the MVConnect.morainevalley.edu campus portal for billing due dates and payment information. Classes fewer than eight weeks and noncredit classes must be paid in full the day of registration.

Photo ID—A student is eligible to receive a student photo ID upon completion of course registration. The ID card will be activated every semester the student is registered for classes. Get detailed information on the Photo ID webpage.

Application Fee Waiver Documentation-To qualify for a waiver of the college's application fee, an individual must provide proof of financial hardship or record veteran information on their application (veteran or active). The following is a list of instances where a fee waiver can be granted. Economic need for waiver is defined as the following:

• Student has received or is eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver

• Student is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).

• Student’s annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

• Student is enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).

• Student’s family receives public assistance.

• Student lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.

• Student is a ward of the state or an orphan.

• Other request from high school principal, high school counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.

• Returning students who have $0 expected family contribution (EFC) on FAFSA.

Application Fee Waiver Process:

1. Download the application fee waiver form from the NACAC website.

2. Complete the form with the appropriate high school official or provide appropriate documentation.

3. Bring completed form to the Moraine Valley Admissions office, complete the application in the office or send completed application and fee waiver to Admissions via mail or email to admissions@morainevalley.edu. Admissions office is located in Building S, Room S101.

Please contact the Admissions office at (708) 974-5355 or visit Admissions in Building S, Room S101 with questions.

Health, Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec) — Membership for full-time students is free; part-time students have reduced rates. Part-time students taking PEH activity classes in Building H must pay the per-semester access fee in person in Building H. For FitRec membership and cost information, go to morainevalley.edu/fitrec for details.

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act – Individuals 65 years or older by the first day of the semester, and whose income is less than the threshold amount defined by Section 4 of the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act will be entitled to a full tuition waiver for regularly scheduled credit courses, excluding courses designed specifically for senior citizens, provided that available classroom space exists and tuition-paying students enrolled constitute the minimum number required for the course. All other fess apply pursuant to the act.

Senior Citizens 62 or Older – Individuals 62 years or older and who live in district may enroll in credit or adult education (AEC) courses at one-half the tuition rate. Class fees and the college activities fee, technology fee and construction/infrastructure fees are additional. 

In-District Property Owners – Students living out of district but are in-district property owners (does not include parents, etc.) may be eligible for in-district tuition rates. Documentation required every year. 

Third-Party Invoicing—Tuition and fee charges are the student's financial responsibility. If you are requesting the college to invoice a third party with intent of covering the full balance or a portion of your charges, it is your responsibility to ensure that payment is applied to your account prior to your due date. The college will invoice third parties on your behalf as long as there is no grade or class attendance stipulations required by the third party. All required documents must be presented at the Cashier's Office, Room S105. In the event that any charges are left uncovered (sponsor does not pay as anticipated), all remaining balances become your responsibility.

Balance Due—Moraine Valley reserves the right to withhold transcripts and other educational information and documents from students who are in debt to the institution or owe repayment of a federal/state grant.

Tuition Refund (Credit)—It is the student’s responsibility to drop a course by published deadlines. Courses dropped within the refund period will not appear on your record. No-shows do not constitute a drop. Course length determines the number of calendar days allowed to drop a class in order to receive 100% refund. Below are the general guidelines related to the availability of refunds:

Course Length 100% Refund Deadline
16-17­-week classes 8 calendar days after the first day of class
14-15-week classes 7 calendar days after first day of class
12-13-week classes 6 calendar days after first day of class
10-11-week classes 5 calendar days after first day of class
9-week classes 4 calendar days after first day of class
7-8-week classes 3 calendar days after first day of class
5-6-week classes 2 calendar days after first day of class
3-4-week classes 1 calendar day after first day of class
2-week classes By end of first day of class
1-week class Must be dropped before first day of class

Questions about refund deadlines for specific classes/sections can be directed to the Cashier’s Office. A student is entitled to a full refund for any class that is cancelled by the college. For more information, contact the Cashier’s Office at (708) 974-5715.

Refunds for short-term classes vary according to the length of the course.

For questions about tuition appeals, please check with the Cashier’s Office for qualified extenuating circumstances and the Tuition Appeals Procedure.

Tuition Appeal Guidelines—The college acknowledges there may be extenuating circumstances that could have prevented students from completing a course. There are essentially three extenuating circumstances when a student may submit a tuition appeal:

  1. Medical condition. A student must include a signed statement from the attending physician on letterhead and medical billings confirming the reason(s) with dates why the student was unable to attend the class. Documentation on a prescription memo is not an acceptable form of documentation.
  2. Family death. In the event of a death of an immediate family member, a student must submit a copy of the Death Certificate or obituary.
  3. Active Military Duty. A student, who is called for active military duty must submit official documentation.

A student who has an extenuating circumstance has the right to submit a Tuition Appeal letter, to the Tuition Appeals Committee. The appeal letter must be signed, dated and submitted within 30 days after the course was not successfully completed. Late appeals will not be accepted. The student has to explain the circumstance(s) that prevented successful completion of coursework and detail the specific steps taken to resolve the circumstance(s) presented.

All appeals must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office. Incomplete appeals will not be forwarded to the Tuition Appeals Committee. The Tuition Appeals Committee has the right to request and accept additional documentation needed to support any statement(s) made in the letter of appeal. A letter will be mailed to notify the student of the Committee’s decision. The appeal is a waiver process. It does not excuse existing balances or refund money. All decisions of the Committee are final. These are the due process procedures put in place for students.

If a student has a complaint related to a course or an instructor, the student must be advised of the procedures outlined in the student complaint and hearing process.

If a student has a complaint pertaining to financial aid that resulted in a balance/tuition owed, the student must be referred to the Financial Aid office to state his/her case for advice on what would be most appropriate action steps for the student to take.

If a student claims that s/he has been misinformed by advisors regarding course selection, the student must be referred to the assistant dean of Advising and New Student Orientation at (708) 974-5721. If a student claims that s/he has been misinformed by counselors, the student must be referred to the dean of Student Engagement at (708) 974-5358.

Corporate, Community and Continuing Education (Noncredit) Refund and Cancellation Policy—It is a student’s responsibility to drop a course at least three calendar days prior to the start of class to receive a full refund. Courses dropped less than three calendar days before the start of classes will receive no refund. No-shows do not constitute cancellation. No credit may be used toward another section of missed classes. Classes that are cancelled by the college will receive a full refund.

1098-T Forms—The 1098-T forms will be available electronically by Jan. 31 each year. A 1098-T is generated for eligible tuition and fees each year during the current calendar year in accordance with the most current IRS rules and guidelines. Note: You will NOT receive a 1098-T form if: 1. You are a non-resident alien student, 2. All your courses for the calendar year were noncredit, 3. Your billed tuition was entirely waived by a scholarship or grant.