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Tuition To Remain The Same At OTC For The 2021-2022 School Year

James Mulvenon

Students at Ozarks Technical Community College won’t pay more for tuition in the 2021-22 school year.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the OTC Board of Trustees adopted the administration's recommendation to hold tuition flat for the upcoming school year, according to the school in a news release.  

OTC Board chair, John Gentry, said, “as our community emerges from the pandemic, we need to remove barriers to education so students can receive the training they need to enter the workforce." 

From the OTC news release:  The tuition rates for the current school year, which were adopted on June 1, 2020, will remain in effect for the upcoming school year.  

Tier I

Tier II

Tier III

In-District Tuition (per credit hour) 




Out-of-District Tuition (per credit hour) 




Out-of-State Tuition (per credit hour) 




In-district students are those who live inside the OTC taxing district. Property owners in the taxing district pay taxes that support OTC and residents of those school districts receive a reduced tuition rate. Out-of-district students reside in Missouri but do not live in a school district whose property taxes subsidize OTC.  

Generally, Tier I classes are general education, Tier II classes are technical education, and Tier III are allied health courses. Each tier's different tuition rates reflect the increased cost of instruction for courses that require specialized equipment and accreditation. 

OTC will not increase any of the required fees for the upcoming school year either. Required fees are charges all OTC students pay, such as the security fee or technology fee. Required fees differ from per-course fees, which cover lab costs or supplies but are charged only to students who take a particular course.   

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