Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees at ECC are established by the College‘s Board of trustees. Those presented here are for the 2023-24 academic year only.


Tuition is based on the total number of credit hours or instructional hours for which a student registers. Fees are non-refundable except for course cancellations and for withdrawals during the first week of classes. Essex County College reserves the right, with no prior notice, to restructure tuition and fee rates.

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Tuition and Fees Schedule

Item In County Out of County
Application Fee 30.00 30.00
Course Audit Fee Per Credit Hour 129.03 258.06
CEU Certificate Fee 10.00 10.00
CLEP (Service Fee Per Session) 28.50 28.50
CLEP (Exam Fee Per Subject) 85.00 85.00
Course Change Add/Drop Fee Per Transaction 20.00 20.00
College Payment Plan Default Fee 100.00 100.00
College Payment Plan (Enrollment Fee) 50.00 50.00
Graduation & Degree Audit Fee (Additional Degree & Certificate) 30.00 30.00
Graduation & Degree Audit Fee (Initial Degree) 60.00 60.00
Dishonored Check Fee 40.00 40.00
General Fee Per Credit Hour 34.49 68.98
ID Card Replacement Fee 10.00 10.00
Late Payment Fee 30.00 30.00
Late Registration Fee 25.00 25.00
Off-Campus Registration Fee Per Course (FOCUS & Ironbound) 15.00 15.00
Parking Fee 75.00 75.00
Readmission Fee 25.00 25.00
Technology Fee 15.00 15.00
Course Materials Fee 75.00 75.00
Registration Reinstatement Fee 100.00 100.00
Schedule & Bill Replacement Fee 1.00 1.00
Student Activity Fee Per Credit Hour 7.65 7.65
Testing-Out Fee Per Credit Hour - Letter Grade 129.03 258.06
Transcript Fee - Official / Unofficial Copy 10.00 10.00
Tuition Per Credit Hour 134.24 268.48

Students should also consider other expenses (meals, books, transportation, etc.), which will vary widely from student to student. Book charges for some fulltime students may be as high as $900 per semester. A student whose funds are limited must plan carefully for a workable budget. ECC recognizes that many students need financial assistance in order to attend college. To help them, the Financial Aid Office administers various types of federal and state aid. Counselors also have information and can give advice concerning employment opportunities and methods of handling personal finances.