Cost & Aid

You can afford OCC

You can save thousands of dollars on tuition by enrolling at OCC. Here's a comparison of what an in-district student pays for a three-credit course at OCC and at other Michigan colleges and universities:

Cost Comparison of a 3 Credit-Hour Course

*These numbers, which are for the 2020-2021 school year, are just for tuition. Mandatory fees and other expenses are not included. Source: College and university websites.

OCC’s tuition rate of $99.00 per credit hour applies to students who reside in Oakland County. Out-of-district students pay $192.00 per credit hour, whether they live in Michigan, another state, or a foreign country. More information about residency status is available from the Admissions Office.

All OCC students also pay a student support fee of $100 per semester, assessed at the time of registration. It’s non-refundable after the start of the term.

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2021 Tuition
In-District Resident $99.00/Billable Contact Hour
Out-of-District Resident* $192.00/Billable Contact Hour

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*International students & non-Michigan residents will pay Out-of-District rates

Fees (All Students)
Student Support Fee
(non-refundable after the start of the term.)

Billable contact hours are the number of contact hours a student will have with an instructor in a given week for a 15-week class. The contact hours per week will vary for classes that meet for less than 15 weeks in a semester, but the billable contact hours remain the same. In addition to tuition and fees, each student is expected to purchase their textbooks and supplies. The College provides financial aid and numerous scholarship options for eligible students.

Payment Terms

Payment is accepted in the form of:

  • Check
  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Electronic Check (ACH)
  • Credit card: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express

You can split payments between multiple credit cards, payment methods, or bank accounts. You also can split your payments by enrolling in OCC’s convenient tuition payment plan.

Carefully check the payment due date listed in MyOCC. You must pay your tuition and fees in full or be enrolled in a tuition payment plan by this date. If you’ve only made a partial payment, it will cover your student service fee and then tuition for your classes alphabetically by class name such as ACC, COM, or MKT.

You won’t be able to attend any classes for which you haven’t paid in full by the due date unless you’re enrolled in a payment plan for the semester.


If you’re 60 or older, you receive a 20% discount on your tuition. You must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Michigan to receive the discount. You also must provide proof of your age before the semester begins when you want to receive the discount.

When developing your budget, it’s important to keep in mind that tuition isn’t the only cost of going to college. You’ll need books and supplies, gas for your car, and daily living expenses. We list typical costs in our Cost of Attendance chart, although your situation may be different.

Fortunately, you don’t have to pay for everything all at once. OCC offers a convenient Tuition Payment Plan that spreads tuition cost over two or three payments during the semester. You pay no interest - just a small processing fee. We’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions about the Tuition Payment Plan. You also can get more information at the Cashier’s Office on any OCC campus.

There are basically four types of financial aid:

OCC also participates in six federal financial aid programs for veterans.

To receive most financial aid, you must be registered for at least 6 credit hours. This is considered half-time status.

In addition, to receive most financial aid you must meet federal eligibility requirements. That’s because the federal government is the primary source for financial aid. Where the federal government isn’t the funding source - like with private scholarships - you don’t have to meet its eligibility requirements.

The key to unlock most financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA. It’s an online form you should fill out even if you don’t think you qualify for aid based on financial need. Why? Because not all aid requires financial need. Almost all students at least qualify for federal student loans.

The deadline for Michigan students to complete the FAFSA is March 1 by midnight CT for the upcoming fall semester. Don’t wait until the last minute to start filling it out. You’ll need to gather some records (likely parent records as well), and the form itself takes some time.

You must renew your FAFSA every year you attend OCC or a transfer school, and wish to be considered for federal student aid.

So What’s the Bottom Line?

How much will you actually pay to attend OCC? Our Net Price Calculator provides an estimate. It starts with the cost of attendance, then subtracts grant and scholarship aid it estimates you will receive.

The resulting number is just an estimate of how much you’ll pay. But it can be helpful as you make plans to attend OCC.

For More Information

The federal government, which supplies much of the money for student financial aid, offers many great resources and helpful information. Here are a few of its most useful publications and websites:

How Financial Aid Works is a publication that explains the process from start to finish.
Types of Financial Aid is a publication that discusses the kinds of aid available from the federal government and other sources.
Federal Student Aid is a website that has extensive information for students thinking about attending college, students in college, and parents.

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