Lone Star College waiving fees for classes moving online

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HOUSTON – Lone Star College announced it will waive fees for courses which are moving online due to the coronavirus and delay a planned tuition increase. The waived fee also applies to the 8-week term, any remaining Next Start classes, May Mini-Mester, Summer I and Summer II distance learning classes.

LSC will also delay the tuition increase that was scheduled for fall 2020.

“During these times of income uncertainty, it is important that Lone Star College remove obstacles students may face to finish their education,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “Lone Star College is in excellent financial shape and we look forward to welcoming back students.”

The adjusted distance learning fee schedule is:

  • A distance learning fee will not be charged for campus courses being converted to online.
  • A distance learning fee will not be charged for classes that have not yet started (future classes are tentatively scheduled to begin April 13).
  • May Mini-Mester, Summer I and Summer II sessions will not charge a distance learning fee.
  • Starting in fall 2020 there will be no distance learning fee assessed to any student.

At the recommendation of the administration, the Board of Trustees approved to delay the tuition fee increase scheduled for fall 2020, which it approved during the March 7, 2020 board meeting.

“Given the current circumstances facing our students and our country, Lone Star College recognizes that now is not the time to increase rates on students and has delayed this increase until spring 2021,” said Head.

Distance learning fees for online classes that already started and a student was already charged will not be refunded.

Classes which need be moved online and which will remain face to face are still being determined. That information will be shared with students by April 10. All remaining classes are scheduled to resume April 13.

“All decisions will be made with each student’s health and academic success in mind,” said Head.

Visit LoneStar.edu/Coronavirus to learn more about how LSC is dealing with COVID-19.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.