VP of Student Services

 Consumer Information

The following information is provided to students and prospective students in keeping with the requirements established by the United States Department of Education.


Accreditation

The El Paso County Community College District is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about accreditation of El Paso County Community College District.  The Commission is only to be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support El Paso County Community College District’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.


Visit the SACS Website


Degree Programs and Other Educational Offerings

A complete and detailed listing of the college’s degree programs and completion requirements can be found in the college catalog at www.epcc.edu . El Paso Community College offers more than 130 educational programs leading to Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees or Certificates of Completion. Enrollment in these programs tops 26,000 students.  Students who complete their first two years of college and transfer to the University of Texas at El Paso and other area institutions of higher learning in the region and the state are able to make the transition seamlessly.  Students who wish to study English as a Second Language are able to enroll in both credit and non-credit courses, depending on their academic and career goals.  High School students across the El Paso region may get a head start on their pathway to higher education by enrolling in Dual Credit courses taught in a variety of formats.


Tuition and Costs of Attendance

Tuition rates for credit courses are established on the basis of your residence status as defined by the Texas Education Code and Rules and Regulations of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If you are in one of the non-Texas resident classifications and wish to appeal your classification, please contact the Admissions Office.


Any change to resident status must be documented and processed prior to the census date. Proof of exemption is required for each period of enrollment. If you are a resident of Doña Ana or Otero counties in New Mexico, you may qualify to pay in-district tuition rates, so check the catalog or call 831-2150.


Refer to the catalog for tuition rate exemptions, exemptions and special circumstances related to residency status, or call the Admissions Office at 831-2150. For information on tuition exemptions, call the Financial Aid Office at any campus.


Always check the current Class Schedule for accurate tuition rates.


Resident tuition rates are $185.75 for one credit hour plus $36.75 for each additional credit hour. Those who qualify to pay resident tuition rates include:

  • Residents of Texas
  • Residents of Dona Ana and Otero Counties in New Mexico.
  • Active duty military personnel, their spouses and dependents.
  • Permanent resident aliens who can prove Texas residency for the previous 12-month period.
  • Foreign nationals who are permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile who can prove Texas residency for the previous 12 months.
  • Full-time or part-time faculty, research assistants or teaching assistants of a public institution of higher education in Texas, their spouses and dependents.
  • Non-resident students who are awarded academic scholarships of $1000 or more by El Paso Community College.

Non-resident rates are $345.50 for the first credit hour, $353 for the second
and $360.75 for the third. The fourth credit hour is $431.25, $437.75 for the fifth and $445.50 for the sixth credit hour, plus $69.50 for each additional credit hour. International students are
also charged this rate.


Withdrawals and Refunds

If you drop a course or all of your courses, you may get a refund of some of your tuition and eligible fees. Refunds are based on the amount of time you remained enrolled in a course. For example, if you decide not to attend classes at all and withdraw before classes begin, you get a 100% refund on tuition and refundable fees. If you drop classes after 15 school days from the first day of class during the Fall or Spring semester, you get a 25% refund. See the current class schedule for the Tuition Refund Schedule.  Tuition and fees which are paid directly to the College by financial aid or a scholarship donor will be refunded to them, not to you. NOTE: A new law requires you to repay a percentage of any federal grant received if you drop out before completing 60% of the term. Federal financial aid students are liable for the full amount of all tuition and fees if they never attend classes or for the difference of any prorated refund. If you qualify for a tuition refund, checks will be mailed to your address currently on file with the College within 30 days from the date the courses were dropped. Be sure the College has your current mailing address.


Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

El Paso Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in the operation of its educational programs or in its admission and employment practices. Special emphasis will continue to be placed on correcting conditions which may inadvertently discriminate against any individual with a disability. This document is available in alternative formats. Please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities.


Students Right to Know Act

Each year the college publishes information on the average graduation rate of students, who when first enrolling, indicate that their intent is to earn a degree. The current rate of graduation for the cohort is 6.8%. The rate of transfer-out to other colleges or universities is 17.1%. For details regarding the College's performance, visit the EPCC Fact Books


FERPA

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, El Paso County Community College District gives notice that directory information will be released to the general public without the written consent of the student. Directory information includes:

  • Student name
  • Student address
  • Telephone listing
  • Dates of attendance
  • Major field of study, awards, and
    degrees received
  • Most recent/previous institution attended
  • Date of birth
  • Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
  • Weight and height for members of athletic teams)
  • Academic level
  • Enrollment status

Students currently enrolled may request that all or part of their directory information be withheld from the public by filing a written request at the time of each registration. Such a request will remain in effect until the student authorizes its removal in writing. Release of any additional information pertaining to student records must be authorized, in writing, by the student, except as authorized under the law. Students have a right to inspect, review, request copies of, and challenge the contents of their educational records. A fee will be charged for copies provided. The Registrar’s Office is the repository of all students’ College records. The staff will supply students with information related to their College records and refer those students requiring additional assistance to the proper College official or office.


Financial Aid Summary

The Financial Aid Office at El Paso Community College is available to assist qualified students in meeting the costs of attending college. The amount and type of financial assistance will be provided through funds received from the federal and state governments as, well as private donors who provide scholarship monies to the college. All of these funds will be awarded in keeping with existing laws and regulations governing financial aid programs. Financial Aid awards are based on calculated financial need. Questions or Comments may be directed by email to: FinancialAidOffice@epcc.edu


Drug-Free Policy for EPCC Students

The unlawful manufacture, possession, consumption, distribution, sale, dispensation, or use of controlled substances, including marijuana or alcohol, or the appearance of a student under the influence of drugs or alcohol on campus grounds, at school-sponsored functions or while students are representing the College is prohibited at all times and is a violation of State law. In addition to criminal prosecution, student offenders will be subject to disciplinary action by the College as outlined by the Student Code of Conduct.


Cleary Act (Campus Security)

The El Paso Community College Police Department prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure to Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located on the Clery Report Link, located in the links section. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies whose jurisdiction is adjacent to EPCC property.


Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the EPCC Police, the Vice President of Student Services, and local law enforcement agencies.


Each year, all students and prospective students are notified as part of the registration process that the report is available on line and that hard copies are available, upon request, through the EPCC Police, Building C, room 101, Valle Verde Campus, 915-831-2200. All faculty and staff are similarly notified via campus email. Prospective employees will receive notification of the report’s availability from Human Resources.


Notice of Non-discrimination

El Paso County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability in providing educational programs and services or in employment opportunities and benefits. The College is committed to compliance in all of its activities and services with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Sexual Harassment Prevention –Students have the right to pursue their education in an environment free from sexual harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment. The El Paso Community College does not tolerate the sexual harassment of students or employees. Additional information or assistance with filing a complaint may be obtained by calling the Employee Relations Department at 831-6631. Inquiries concerning educational programs and services under Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services (831-2655). Inquiries regarding compliance in employment should be directed to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Employee Relations (831-6631).


Constitution Day Activities

The observance of Constitution Day was signed into law by President George W. Bush to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1878. The Congress, by joint resolution, designated September 17 as Constitution Day in 2005. El Paso Community College celebrates Constitution Day on September 9 with a variety of activities and resources to promote the study of the Constitution.