The tuition rates at Great Bay Community College are set by the board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire and are subject to change without notice. The following rates have been established for the 2023-2024 academic year:
Per credit Tuition Rate
In-State (New Hampshire)
|New England Regional Student Program **
All courses have a Comprehensive Fee of $25 per credit in addition to the tuition rate.
*Evening and fully online classes are all offered at the In-State rate regardless of residency
**Must be admitted into a degree or certificate program to qualify for this rate
These rates have been in effect since fall 2018 and are only 2.4% higher than in 2011.
Cost of Attendance
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Great Bay Community College provides a quality education at an affordable price. You can save thousands on your college education by taking the first two years at Great Bay Community College.
Comparative Tuition & Fee Costs, 2019-2020
Per Academic Year for NH Residents
|Franklin Pierce College (tuition & mandatory fees)
|Keene State College (in-state tuition & mandatory fees)
|Plymouth State University (in-state tuition)
|Southern NH University (in-state tuition)
|UNH Durham (in-state tuition & mandatory fees)
|UNH Manchester (in-state tuition)
|Great Bay Community College (in-state tuition)
*Integrated Postsecondary Education (nces.ed.gov/ipeds)
In-State & New England Regional Tuition Rate
The following people qualify for In-State tuition
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (also their spouses or children) stationed in NH under military orders (or stationed in a contiguous state but temporarily living in NH) so long as said orders remain in effect and residence in NH is continued.
- Military personnel who are residents of another state but choose NH as their residence within 90 days of being discharged from the military.
- Veterans enrolled under the Veterans Educational Assistant Improvement Acts of 2010.
- Veterans as defined under RSA 21:50, I, or a covered individual, as defined under Chapter 30 or 33 of Title 38 of the United States Code using educational assistance benefits provided under federal law while living in New Hampshire and enrolled in a degree/certificate program.
- A spouse or child using educational assistance benefits provided pursuant to Chapter 30 or 33 of Title 38 of the United States Code while living in New Hampshire and enrolled in a degree/certificate program.
- *Students enrolled in any of Great Bay Community College’s degree or certificate programs (effective Fall 2020) who live within a 50-mile radius of either the Portsmouth or Rochester Campus.
You must satisfy all the following to qualify for the New England Regional tuition rate
- Be a resident of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, or Vermont
- Indicate eligibility on your admission application.
- Be accepted into a degree/certificate program.
Out of State Students
If you do not satisfy the requirements for In-State or New England Regional rates, then you will be charged the Out-of-State tuition rate.
Change of Residency
If you have been classified as Out-of-State or New England Regional for tuition purposes, and you can now satisfy NH residency requirements, you will want to apply to the college Admissions Office for a change of residency status by the following dates:
- September 1 for the subsequent Fall semester
- January 1 for the subsequent Spring semester
- June 1 for the subsequent summer semester
Directed/Independent Study Courses
Directed/Independent Study courses follow the same registration and credit fees charges as other courses and will be charged the day rate and based on residency. Academic Instruction fees will also be charged, if appropriate.