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Tuition, Costs & Fees

We know that cost plays a big role in whether you decide to go to a college or not. We think this will help you make your decision! 

Delta student.

Keep in mind, the costs listed here do not include your meals, housing, transportation or other personal expenses you may have while attending college. Also, these rates are subject to change by the Delta College Board of Trustees.

Tuition and fees are based on contact hour, not credit hour.  

2020-2021 Tuition Costs


Residency status Cost 
In-district $117 per contact hour
Out-district $199 per contact hour
Out-of-state $373 per contact hour

If you are a resident of the Delta College district, 60 years of age or older, you may register for courses at 50% of the current tuition rate (excludes fees). Contact the Registrar's office at 989-686-9305 or for more information.


Type of fee Cost
Registration fee (Non-refundable) $40 / semester
 Technology fee $21 / contact hour
 Online course fee $34 / contact hour

Estimated costs for 12 contact hours per semester  

Fee In-District Out-District Out-State-Foreign
Tuition $1,404 $2,388 $4,476
Registration fee $40 $40 $40
Course fees (estimated) $252 $252 $252
Total $1,696 $2,680 $4,768

Estimated costs for 6 contact hours per semester 

Fee In-District Out-District Out-State-Foreign
Tuition $702 $1,194 $2,238
Registration fee $40 $40 $40
Course fees (estimated) $126 $126 $126
Total $868 $1,360 $2,404

cost definitions

Contact Hour Fee

Students will be charged tuition based on the total number of contact hours for each class, which is the amount of instruction time. Because instruction times vary, classes may have different tuition costs such as those with tutorials, laboratory hours or additional in-class time. 

The tuition costs may vary from the number of credits earned in the class because credits are determined by national standards and allow for transferability to other colleges and universities.


The money you pay the college for instruction and services. A dollar amount is assigned to each contact hour. Tuition is determined by multiplying the dollar amount by the number of contact hours for which you are registering. In-district, out-of-district, and out-of-state tuition rates are different.

Tuition, Technology Fees and the Online Course Fees are charged based on contact hour. All other course-specific fees are determined by the course.

Registration Fee

A non-refundable, per semester fee charge upon registration. No refund, unless all courses are cancelled by the College.

Technology Fee

This fee is based on class contact hours and supports increased use of technology in classrooms, labs, library and Teaching/Learning Center.

Additional course-specific fees, such as online, nursing or course content fees are charged to cover additional service relative to those courses.

Log in to Portal to see specific course fees (PDF) for the 2018-19 academic year.

Books & Supplies

The costs for books and supplies varies greatly depending on the class. So, we can't really estimate that. But, we guarantee it's as low as we can get away with, and still give you the best education possible. That's what we do here at Delta.

Visit the Delta Bookstore to see your required list of books and supplies.

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Half the cost

Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.

Interest Free Plan

An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.


Half of Delta students receive some form of assistance.

Sam Rechsteiner

“Not only am I saving money on tuition, I’m saving money on housing. I’m saving even more money because I’m taking classes that I would take at a university for an incredibly lower price.”

Sam Rechsteiner
Pursuing an Associates in Science
Transferring to U of M to study Actuary Mathematics