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Effective Summer session 2021, Three Rivers College moved to a Tiered Tuition model and a Resource Fee that allowed for great transparency—meaning you’ll receive more simple, easy-to-read bills, and it will be easier to know ahead of time what your bill will be. These changes will also help ensure all of our students have access to every material and resource needed on the first day of classes. And they have eliminated the need for multiple course fees and the distance learning fees that were previously associated with all online and ITV courses. Students now will see only three items on their bills: Tuition, Resource Fee, and Common Fee.

Base Tuition*

If you need help determining your residency, please visit our Proof of Residence page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice on the Three Rivers College website.

Three Rivers District Residents: $104 per credit hour

In-District includes the Three Rivers Taxing District of the school districts of Poplar Bluff R-I, Neelyville R-IV, Twin Rivers R-X, Van Buren R-I, Doniphan R-I, Naylor R-II, East Carter R-II, Ripley County R-III, Ripley County R-IV, Clearwater R-I, and Greenville R-II.

Out-of-District Residents: $145 per credit hour

Out-of-District includes all persons residing outside of the Three Rivers Taxing District, whether in Missouri or any other state. Note: Out-of-District and Out-of-State tuition rate changes are effective 8/1/2020.

Tiered Tuition Rates

  • Tier One: Base Tuition
  • Tier Two: Base Tuition plus $4 per credit hour
  • Tier Three: Base Tuition plus $81 per credit hour
  • Tier Four: Base Tuition plus $205 per credit hour
  • Tier Five: Base Tuition plus $848 per credit hour

Tiered Tuition is separated by class type. Listed along with the course number and section number, each course has a class type. For example, Accounting has a class type of ACCT and Biology has a class type of BIOL. To determine your total cost of tuition, locate your course on the list of course offerings and use its class type to see what tier it falls under. For tiers two through four, you will need to add an additional amount to the per credit fee. So a Tier Two class for an out-of-district resident would be $147 per credit hour.

View the complete list of class types by tier.

Common Fee

$54/credit hour

Resource Fee

$25/credit hour

New Resource Fees Effective for the 2021 Summer Session

Resource Fees allow students immediate access to all required digital and physical course materials on the first day of classes, including textbooks, online access to digital course materials through Blackboard, lab kits, required course supplies, as well as many other resources. This new feature allows students to know at the time of registration their complete costs for all items required in their courses for more effective financial planning and management.

Tuition Plan: FY2022-FY2027

This information is provided to allow future financial planning for academic success. The tables indicate the amount of increase in tuition allowable per year with the subsequent table below defining how this would affect the rate of tuition at Three Rivers College. Please note that these are projections based upon allowable guidelines and do not represent actual set rates at this time, but rather the potential rates of tuition offered at Three Rivers College. The information in the Six-Year Tuition Plan Proposal was approved by the Three Rivers College Board of Trustees on February 17, 2021.

Approved Increases Over Previous Year

Tier Twon/a
Tier Threen/a
Tier Fourn/a
Tier Fiven/a
Common Fee$9$2$1$2$2$1
Resource Fee$24$1

Approved Rates

Tier Two+4+4+4+4+4+4
Tier Three+81+81+81+81+81+81
Tier Four+205+205+205+205+205+205
Tier Five+691+691+691+691+691+691
Common Fee$51$53$54$56$58$59
Resource Fee$24$24$25$25$25$25

Understanding the Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance outlined below is what the College estimates it will take for you to attend TRC for the academic year, including direct and indirect expenses.

  • Direct Expenses: These are costs you pay to the College, such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
  • Indirect Expenses: These are estimated costs for things like food and housing, miscellaneous personal expenses, transportation, and estimated loan fees.

2023-2024 Cost of Attendance

Tuition & Fees$4,860.00$4,860.00$4,860.00$6,090.00$6,090.00$6,090.00
Books, course materials, supplies, equipment$1,020.00$1,020.00$1,020.00$1,020.00$1,020.00$1,020.00
Loan Fees+90.00+90.00+90.00+90.00+90.00+90.00
Food and Housing (living expenses)+5,202.00+9,612.00+6,804.00+5,202.00+9,612.00+6,804.00
Miscellaneous Expenses+6,066.00+6,066.00+6,066.00+6,066.00+6,066.00+6,066.00
TRC uses the College Board Living Expenses (Midwest-9 month), USDA Food and Nutrition and Living Wage Calculation for Butler County.

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