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Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents. They are payable at the time of registration unless the NMC Finance Office approves a deferred payment contract, or a student is receiving an approved financial assistance. Students will not be admitted to classes or laboratories until their tuition and fees have been paid. The tuition and fees schedule was adopted on October 1, 2015 for implementation during the fall 2016 term.

Resident & Non-Resident Tuition & Fee Requirements

To qualify for resident tuition, a student born outside the CNMI must meet one of the residency criteria as detailed under Residency Classification.

Resident Non-Resident
Tuition Per credit hour $128.25 $190.00
International Student Fee1 $200.00 $200.00
English Placement Test2 $25.00 $25.00
Math Placement Test $25.00 $25.00
Admissions Fees
Admissions Application Fee $25.00 $50.00
Re-admission Application Fee3 $25.00 $50.00
Registration Fees
Registration Fee $30.00 $30.00
Late Registration Fee $35.00 $35.00
Miscellaneous Fees
Record Certification Fee4 $5.00 $5.00
Course Change Fee (add/drop/withdrawal) $5.00 $5.00
Credit-by-Exam Application Fee $20.00 + tuition & fees $20.00 + tuition & fees
Credit-by-Exam Application Fee $20.00 + tuition & fees $20.00 + tuition & fees
Auditing Application Fee $20.00 + tuition & fees $20.00 + tuition & fees
Independent Self Study Fee $20.00 + tuition & fees $20.00 + tuition & fees
Application to Graduate Fee (1st degree) $75.00 $75.00
Application to Graduate Fee (1st degree)5 $40.00 $40.00
Certificate of Completion/Achievement** $75.00 $75.00
Diploma Re-order Fee $30.00 $30.00
Student ID Card Fee $5.00 $5.00
Copy of Education Record(s) Fee $5.00 $5.00
Returned Check Fee $50.00 + tuition & fees $50.00 + tuition & fees
Transcript Fees
Transcript Request Fee6 $5.00 $5.00
Emergency Transcript Request Fee7 $20.00 $20.00
Lab/Course Fees8
(NU 105, NU 107,
NU 108, NU 109, NU 203,
NU 207, NU 212)
$500.00 $500.00
School of Education (SOE)
Upper level Courses
((ED 321, ED 435, ED 451, ED 471, ED 492, ED 493, ED 495, RH330)
$500.00 $500.00
School of Business Upper level
Upper level Courses
(CS 300, FIN 300,
MG 405, CE 400, MG 440)
$500.00 $500.00
Flat (Student Support) Fees For All Students Registered For:
Equal to or less than 5 credits $125.00 $125.00
Equal to or less than 11 credits $200.00 $200.00
Equal to or greater than 12 credits $300.00 $300.00
Facility Fee $100.00 $100.00
Technology Fee $50.00 $50.00


1Students enrolled with an F-1 visa are assessed the International Student Fee on Spring and Fall term.
2The English Placement fee is waived when the Admissions Application fee has been paid. Student must show a receipt as proof of payment. This fee is valid for one year from date of receipt.
3When a student has not been enrolled at NMC for more than one year, a re-admission fee will be assessed.
4A charge of $5.00 will be assessed for every semester requested on the record certification application.
5For the same year when applying to graduate, a student will be charged $75.00 for the first degree certificate and $40.00 for each additional certificate of degree.
6The charge for a transcript is $5.00 for the first copy. When more than one is requested at the same time, the charge for each additional transcript is $2.00.
7The charge for an emergency transcript is $20.00 for the first copy. When more than one is requested at the same time, the charge for each additional transcript is $7.00.
8Lab/Course Fees are subject to change. Fees for Nursing, School of Education (SOE), and Business Management upper level courses are assessed with additional fees on top of tuition and fees.

Banded Tuition Rate

Northern Marianas College has a banded tuition structure. In the banded structure, students pay a flat tuition rate when enrolled for 13-15 credits. The flat tuition rate is the equivalent rate for 12 credits. Students pay a per credit tuition rate when enrolled in 1-12 credits. Students in 16 or more credits will have tuition charged using the flat tuition rate plus the per credit tuition rate for each credit over 15.

# of Credits

Cost Per Credit

Total Tuition




13, 14, or 15

No Additional Cost


Residency Classification

An applicant is classified as either a resident or non-resident for tuition-paying purposes based on definitions of a resident student established by NMC Policy No. 4001 Residency Classification The burden of proof is upon the student who is making the claim to resident student status.

Financial Obligations to the College

Students who have not satisfactorily met their financial obligations (tuition, fees, library fines, laboratory breakage charges, consolidated fees, past due loans, bookstore charges, etc.) will be denied transcripts, degree diplomas, certificates, record certification, educational records and future registration privileges until the financial obligation has been met.

NOTE: Tuition and fees are subject to change, but any change will be published prior to the registration period of each term.

Tuition and fees paid to NMC by a sponsor, donor, or local government/private agency, with the exception of CNMI Scholarship Assistance and Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance (SHEFA) are refundable to the source, not to the student.

Students who are anticipated to receive federal and/or local financial assistance agree to the following terms and conditions below. Concurrent grants include, but not limited to such as FAFSA Pell Grant, CNMI Scholarship, SHEFA Scholarship and other applicable scholarships.

The student authorize NMC to pick up and apply any received financial assistance award funds such as FAFSA Pell Grant, CNMI Scholarship or other scholarships (whichever is received first) against my tuition, fees and books for the academic term, and any excess amount will be applied to previous balances.

In the event that the student Pell Grant, CNMI Scholarship or other scholarship funds (whichever is received first) is less than the total charges for tuition, fees and books for the academic term enrolled, the student agrees to authorize NMC to apply any received financial assistance funds (whichever is received last) against the outstanding balance owed to NMC.

In excess of the total applied financial assistance funds over the student tuition, fees and books will be refunded to the student by NMC.

All financial assistance received by NMC shall be applied directly in full payment towards the student overall tuition, fees, books and other charges to be reflected on the 1098T student statement for tax purposes.

The student agrees to sign a promissory note and/or student agreement financial assistance acknowledgement of indebtedness form to pay NMC for the total tuition, fees and book charges for the registered academic term due to pending notification from the local/private financial assistance on the acceptance or non-acceptance of my application. In the event that the student application is not accepted, he/she is indebted to NMC for the total tuition, fees, and book charges.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition and Fees Refund Policy

The refund policy applies to regular semesters such as Spring, Summer, Fall and short-term courses. We recommend for all students to regularly check their student email periodically for scheduled refund date announcements.

If a student officially drops a course(s) from NMC before the zero percent refund date or changes from full-time to part-time status then tuition, consolidated fees, and other refundable fees are refunded if the following criteria have been met.

  • Students must submit their final copy of the add/drop or withdrawal forms completed with all required signatures to the NMC Finance Office for completion. Completed documents will be processed accordingly.
  • The college will provide a full 100% refund of tuition and fees if the course(s) has been cancelled for the entire semester.
  • From the open term registration up to the add/drop period which is the last day of the first week of instruction would be the only time frame to claim a 100% refund. After the last day of add/drop, the zero percent no refund period shall take into effect.
  • Any submission of an add/drop or withdrawal forms during the zero percent no refund period, students must provide documentation of proof for the given situation or from their advisor and instructor(s) to claim the full 100% refund.
  • Any financial assistance such as FAFSA Pell Grant, CNMI Scholarship and other applicable scholarships that are considered refundable shall be refunded to the student if such scholarship award has exceeded the tuition and fees charges.
  • All request for refunds are processed at the NMC Finance Office. Refund checks are disbursed at the NMC Cashier Office located in building N-4. All refunds are processed on a weekly basis.

    All students are obligated to be aware of the refund specific dates and deadlines that are announced through our NMC website, NMC catalog, academic advisor, NMC Finance Office, Office of Admission and Records or scheduled public announcement.

Tax Reporting

As an eligible post-secondary institution, on spring 2016 the Northern Marianas College has implemented the distribution of the 1098-T tuition statement to all students who paid "qualified educational expenses" for the preceding tax year. The Internal Revenue Service requires Northern Marianas College to report form 1098-T for all qualified tuition and fees expenses, scholarship and grants that are billed towards student accounts.

Returned Check Policy

For every returned check payable to Northern Marianas College, a returned check fee will be assessed in the amount of $50.00. The NMC Finance Office will contact the student, NMC employee, or external vendor regarding the returned check. All returned checks must be remitted in a form of a cash payment within (5) business days. Non-payment of returned checks shall be referred to a collection agency for further action.

If a student fails to remit payment, he or she will be automatically de-registered for the term. Transcripts, grades, diploma, certificate, record certification, educational records and other requests shall be not be released until the full payment of the returned check and additional charges are paid in full.

If more than one student account has been paid by a one check payment which later results to a returned check. A returned check fee of $50.00 shall be applied to each student account.

The returned check fee is subject to increase based on approval.

Cashier Services

The Northern Marianas College Cashier is responsible for receiving and safeguarding all payments made to the College that includes student accounts, accounts receivables, and deposits from departments within the College.

The Cashier accepts any forms of payment such as cash, checks, money order, and debit/credit card (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, etc.) Checks must be payable to the Northern Marianas College. Other payment options consist of paying on the phone, via email, or by mail.

Hours of Operation Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Northern Marianas College (NMC) is committed to ensuring that all persons have equal access to its programs, opportunities, and information resources, including those on its institutional website in accordance to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on bringing NMC’s website into full compliance. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucille Deleon Guerrero by email [email protected] or by calling (670) 237-6874.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on NMC’s website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement, you may do so by contacting the NMC’s IT Department by email at [email protected]. In your email please include the following information:

  1. The URL you are having accessibility issues with;
  2. The accessibility issue your are experiencing;
  3. Your name, phone number, and email address.

If you would like to file a formal grievance against the Northern Marianas College pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, you may submit such grievance to the Office of the NMC President, P.O. Box 501250, Saipan MP 96950 or email [email protected].

You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights. More information about filing a complaint with USDOE can be found at