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Fees and Expenses

Fees for registration are due prior to the published due date. Students with past due fees may be dropped from their classes. Fees may be paid by cash, check, American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard at the campus bookstore or business office during regular business hours. Payments may also be made online by credit card through Lighthouse, GCSC's online academic system, or through the mail by check or money order only.

*All fees are subject to change without notice.

Repeated courses: College preparatory and college credit courses
Students enrolling in a college preparatory course after the second attempt and college credit students enrolling in the same college credit course after the second attempt will be charged the full cost of instruction. The full cost of instruction has been determined to be equivalent to the out-of-state fees. Previous enrollments in college preparatory courses prior to fall term 1997 at GCSC will not apply in calculating student fees. Previous enrollments in college-credit courses prior to fall term 1997 at GCSC will not apply in calculating student fees nor in counting attempts of college-credit courses.

Payment and financial obligations
Gulf Coast State College accepts cash, personal checks, as well as American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard credit cards for payment of tuition, fees, books and other expenses. If a check is returned by the college's bank for non-payment, the following actions will occur:

  1. If classes have not started, the student will be dropped from his/her classes; if classes have begun, the student will be administratively withdrawn from his/her classes.
  2. The student's file will be placed in a hold status.

Persons with returned checks will be prevented from reentry at the institution until such time as all debts have been cleared. A returned check fee will be assessed for each check returned to the college by the depository bank as uncollectible and this charge will be waived only if the bank has returned the check in error and provides documentation to that effect. A returned check may result in the loss of the privilege to write checks for the payment of fees, books, or other services. Returned checks that are not paid may be lodged with the Office of the State Attorney or other collection agency.

All financial obligations owed to GCSC are to be paid when due. A delinquent student account is sufficient cause to prevent future registration for classes at the college, the release of transcripts to the student or a third party on the student's behalf, and the release of grades for current course work, or using any college services until such obligation is satisfied.

If an organization agrees to pay fees for certain students, and for any reason the organization refuses to pay the student's fees as agreed, the student will be responsible for the fees. If an organization fails to pay for any services provided in a timely manner, the college will revoke all privileges granted to the organization until all obligations to the college have been satisfied.

Students at GCSC should know and understand their responsibilities regarding the payment of financial obligations.

Delinquent student accounts
Outstanding balances owed to GCSC, which remain unpaid, may be referred to a collection agency. If this action should occur, the student will be responsible for both the amounts owed the college and any collection fees assessed by the collection agency.

Delinquent accounts that have not been referred to a collection agency may be paid at the college bookstore or business office via cash, check, money order, American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard. Payments may also be mailed to GCSC Business Office, 5230 West Hwy 98, Panama City, Florida 32401. In order to release the student's record from a "hold" status, payment of the delinquent account must be made in full.

Mail-in payments
Gulf Coast State College
Attn: Business Office
5230 West Hwy 98
Panama City, FL 32401

The college is not responsible for students who are purged (dropped) from courses for non-payment of fees by the deadline due to a mail delay.