Self-Supporting Class Policy

Policy Number
Board of Trustees
Date Approved
Effective Date
Responsible Division
Instruction and Student Support
1D SBCCC 200.3(2)(c) and 1E SBCCC 600

The Board of Trustees is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience at the lowest reasonable cost to students.  Some courses requested by the community or which serve a special need are not supported by state revenues.  Furthermore, the College is sometimes asked to provide education and training even when funds are not available.

Therefore, in accordance with 1D SBCCC 200.3(2)(c) and 1E SBCCC 600, the College may offer self-supporting classes that charge fees to cover a pro rata share of direct costs as well as indirect costs.  If self-supporting receipts exceed expenditures, the surplus should be expended to benefit students.  This policy shall apply to courses offered for credit through curriculum, or non-credit through the Corporate and Community Education Division.

The pro rata self-supported class registration fee is not waived for any individual or group under G.S. 115D-5(b).  All students registering for a self-supported class must pay the same registration fee.

Direct costs for self-supported instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Instructor salary including FICA, travel, course development, etc.
  • Instructional supplies and material.
  • Rental for facilities and other assignable costs.
  • Advertising, including printing and design for brochures, postage, etc.
  • Refreshments, as allowed by other regulations.
  • Other costs necessary, directly assignable to the class, such as administrative and clerical costs.

Indirect costs may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Utilities, custodial, security, etc.
  • Coordination and administration.
  • Clerical salary and fringes.

In accordance with the State Board of Community Colleges rules, this policy shall be reviewed by the Board of Trustees every three years.


Self-supporting classes will be scheduled based on community demand.  The registration fee will be based on the above policy that allows direct cost and a pro rata share of indirect cost. 

Curriculum and Continuing Education occupational related self-supporting classes will normally be scheduled when state funds are unavailable to support these classes.

Community Services self-supporting classes consist of single courses that focus on an individual’s personal or leisure needs rather than professional or occupational employment.  Courses are developed and scheduled by the appropriate coordinators and approved by their immediate supervisor or Vice President.