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Over 3000 Students Avoid Late Fees! How did they do it?

The answer: Pay your tuition—or enter into a payment plan—the Wednesday before the term begins. Certain classes, such as NAA 100 (also called a CNA class) are exceptions. In those cases, you may be required to pay up to a week before class begins to hold your seat. See the Fine Print below for more information about tuition, fees, payment plans and financial aid.

Your Money Back—Guaranteed!

As long as you drop your class before the last day to add a class, you will get a 100% refund. This means you have to drop during the first week of classes if you are taking a class that meets all semester. For classes that meet less than that, the time is reduced. Even if you stay in the class a little longer, you may still be eligible for a 50% refund. (No kidding—see the Fine Print below.)

What Happened to my class?

While we want all our classes to fill with students, sometimes they do not. We reserve the right to cancel any course that does not have sufficient enrollment. We will contact you before the first class meeting, if at all possible, and help you schedule an alternative class.

Class Schedules

View our current and upcoming class schedules.

OCTC Semester Calendar

 

Semester Calendar
Date Item
Oct. 1 Registration for Spring 2021
Dec. 15 Priority deadline for fiancial aid
Jan. 6 (9 a.m.-Noon) Registration - visit the START Center, Main Campus
Jan. 11 Classes Begin/1st bi-term classes begin
Jan. 13 Last day to enter a class without instructor permission
Jan. 15 Last day to enter a regular class with instructor permission
Last day to drop without a grade; Last day to drop and receive 100% refund
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Holiday, campuses closed
Jan. 26 Last day for reinstatement of students who failed to pay tuition & fees by the payment deadline
($75 reinstatement charge will apply)
Jan. 25 - Feb. 19 Apply for May 2021 graduation
Feb. 9 Last day to withdraw and receive a 50% refund
Feb. 15 President’s Day Holiday, campuses closed
Mar. 1 Registration for Summer/Fall 2021
Mar. 6 End of 1st bi-term
Mar. 7 - 14 Spring Break, no classes
Mar. 15 Midterm; Last day to change student status from credit to audit
Last day to withdraw and receive a “W” without instructor approval; beginning of 2nd bi-term
Apr. 2 1/2 Day Academic Holiday; campuses closed at noon
Apr. 30 Last day to withdraw, with instructor approval, and receive a W.
May 1 End of classes
May 3-9 Final Exams

May 3 - 6 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), May 7 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Book Buy Back
May 7 Text book rentals due to the Bookstore
May 9 End of Spring Semester; End of 2nd Bi-Term
May 12 & 13 Graduation, RiverPark Center

NEED BOOKS?


The OCTC Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, is located on the Upper Level of the Campus Center. Regular hours are M-TH 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and F 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Extended hours are posted during RUSH periods. The OCTC Bookstore is your number one source for textbook choices new, used, rentals, digital, etc. We offer the required and recommended texts for all OCTC classes, a selection of OCTC apparel, gifts and school supplies. Students can sell textbooks back for cash; the best time to sell books is during final exam week. Rental books are due at the end of each semester.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. For one week before classes begin each semester,
financial aid can be used for bookstore purchases. Dates & times will be posted.

Refund policy

During the first week of classes, a full refund will be given if books are returned in the same condition as purchased. Receipt of purchase is required for all refunds/exchanges. Textbooks can be purchased at the Online Bookstore and shipped directly to you.

Got Cap & Gown?

Graduation CapYou can buy those at the bookstore too – but you won’t need them if you do not apply for
graduation. At the beginning of your final semester, have your academic plan reviewed,
updated, and uploaded to the Graduation folder by your advisor so you can apply online
between January 25 & February 19.

Need a transcript?

Go to the National Student Clearinghouse's Transcript Ordering Center.

Tobacco Free

All OCTC campuses are tobacco-free. There should be no tobacco use on campus. E-cigarette use is also prohibited.

Lost and Found

Lower level ATC, Switchboard, 270-686-4400 

The Fine Print

In-state $179; Out of state, contiguous county, $358; Out of
state $627, plus an $8 per credit mandatory fee. A $20 per
credit hour distance learning fee is assessed to online courses.
OCTC, a member of The Kentucky Community & Technical
College System (KCTCS), makes every effort to include relevant,
timely, and accurate information in its publications. However,
it reserves the right to make changes in the calendars, admission policies, expenses, programs, curricula, course descriptions or any other matters not addressed in this publication.
Prospective and enrolled students should check with the appropriate office to learn of any such changes. Pay online. Tuition is due the Wednesday prior to the first day of classes for the term. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. A fee payment drop box is available on the Main Campus, in the Administration Building, for your convenience.

Note: Registration is not complete until fees are paid. The last day to pay tuition to avoid cancellation of registration is January 6. Students receiving financial aid should
see the Financial Aid office.

Students may choose to participate in a tuition payment plan. This plan, managed by the Nelnet Business Solutions, will
allow students more flexible payment options. There will be
a $25 per semester, non-refundable fee for all students who sign up for the plan. Students must register prior to signing up
for the payment plan.

Tuition Payment Plan
Deadline Plan
Jan 4 No down payment required.
4 payments Jan. - April 20
Jan 6 25% down payment required.
Three payments Feb. - April 20.

Failure to officially withdraw from a class in the START Center
will result in a fee payment penalty.

Due to the Reauthorization of Higher Education Act, new
refund regulations will be applied to Title IV aid recipients
who completely withdraw during their first semester, or stop
attending and fail to officially withdraw from classes.

Tuition Refund Policy
Withdrawal Date Amount of Tuition Refunded
On or before Jan. 15 100%
Jan. 15 - Feb. 9  50%
After Feb 9  No Refund

Priority Deadlines for Financial Aid
FAFSA - Free Federal Application for Student Aid

FASFA Priority Deadlines

Term

Deadline
Fall/Spring Academic Year by July 15
Fall Semester Only by July 15, each year
Spring Semester Only by Dec. 15, each year
OCTC Scholarship Applications by April 1, each year

Students are required to file a FAFSA every year in order
to receive FA/Direct Loans. FAFSA applications are only
valid for the regular academic year, not the calendar
year of Jan.-Dec. FAFSA can be filed online.

Financial Aid award dollars are disbursed for total
enrollment status as of the census date each semester.
Check with FA office to see if any additional OCTC summer funds are available. FA residual checks will be mailed to students approximately 4-6 weeks after the
first day of classes.

Direct Loans are available to students who are eligible
and meet the criteria. Students must be enrolled in at
least 6 credit hours per semester. Students must file
a FAFSA, submit an online loan request through their
student Self-Service. Due to an increase in our loan
default rate, there will now be a 30-day delay on all loan
disbursements.

Federal Title IV regulations require students who stop attending
classes to return all or a portion of Title IV grant or loan funds. The amount to be returned will be based on the actual number of days attended in the term.
Students who stop attending classes, do not officially
withdraw, or receive all failing grades (“E, F, Z, etc.) MUST pay all or a portion of Title IV aid back at the end of the semester. Repayments of overawards or repayments due to lack of attendance or withdrawal will be
due to the Department of Education within 30 days of
written notice.


Bi-term courses are often prerequisites for classes held during the second bi-term. Students who do not receive a passing grade or drop such a prerequisite first bi-term course must pay back any financial aid disbursed toward the second bi-term course.

All Federal, State, and OCTC Finanical Aid policies and procedures are kept on file
in the FA office for student viewing.

Students may withdraw from classes and automatically receive
a grade of W after classes begin. The W grade indicates only
that the student withdrew and does not affect his/her grade
point average. After mid-term (see Academic Calendar) the instructor may assign a grade other than W based on the instructor’s course policy. Students may not withdraw from classes after April 30. Withdraw online. Go to Student Self-Service - Academic Records - Withdraw/Drop Request.

Students may request to repeat a course as necessary to
improve a grade.

View the OCTC Crime Log. 

Available for children ages six weeks to four years old.
Students must meet income eligibility requirements and be
enrolled at OCTC. Call 683-6377 for more information.

 

 

When there is a terrible, no good, just very bad day.

Weather Happens

SNAP Emergency Notification

Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP) LogoWhen it does, we get the word out. If you text, our SNAP message alert system is the best way to find out what is happening.  All students are automatically enrolled upon admission.  Others can sign up at KCTCT's Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP). (To opt out reply to the text w/ “STOP”.) If you don’t text, don’t worry—we post it on our OCTC Website, on Facebook, Twitter, and send info to: 92.5 FM, 94.7 FM, WFIE-TV, WTVW-TV, WEHT-TV, WEVV-TV, OC-TV on Owensboro Cable Ch 71. A decision to cancel classes due to inclement weather will be made by 7 a.m. for day classes (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and 3:30 p.m. for evening classes (5:30 p.m. or later) when possible. If the weather causes a delay in opening the campuses, students should resume the normal schedule for classes at the time announced (e.g., if campuses open at 10 a.m., students should report to classes beginning at 10 a.m. or after).

If you have an off-campus class—check this out: If the class is on a high school campus and high school classes are cancelled, the OCTC off-campus classes are cancelled. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the instructor and administration.

Get the 411

KCTCS has the KCTCS Non-Emergency Communication Tool (KNECT) for non-emergency calls. KNECT will call your phone and send an email about important dates and deadlines.

Life Happens

If you have a concern, complaint, or just have a question, please talk with someone. You can speak with an instructor, a counselor, or the Vice President of Student Affairs. We can’t help if we don’t know—and we want to help.

 

Contacts/Help

Programs and Contact Info
(A=Associate Degree, D=Diploma, C=Certificate)
Office Contact
Administrative Office
Technology (A, C)
Julie Embry, 270-686-4593,
julie.embry@kctcs.edu
Agricultural Technology (A,D, C) Kathy Hoffman, 270-686-4643,
kathy.hoffman@kctcs.edu
Air Conditioning Technology
(A,D, C)
Larry Stone, 270-686-4476,
larry.stone@kctcs.edu
Associate in Arts (A)
Associate in Science (A)
octc.info@kctcs.edu
Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
AFA Theatre Production (AFA)
Technical Theatre (C)
Dr. Meredith Skaggs,  270-852-8636,
meredith.skaggs@kctcs.edu
AFA Visual Arts (AFA) David Wilson, 270-686-4626,
davidd.wilson@kctcs.edu
Automotive Technology (A, D, C) Michael Baker, 270-852-8162,
michaeld.baker@kctcs.edu
Business Administration (A, D, C)
Business Management (A,C)
Financial Customer Services (C)
Michael Boyd, 270-686-4584,
michael.boyd@kctcs.edu
Accounting (A,D,C) Al Wallace, 270-686-4609,
al.wallace@kctcs.edu
Business Communications (C) Dr. Bob Glenn or Michael Boyd,
270-686-4553,
bobj.glenn@kctcs.edu
Computer & Information
Technologies (CIT) (A, C)
Theresa Schmitt, 270-686-4604,
theresa.schmitt@kctcs.edu
Computerized Manufacturing &
Machining (CMM) (A, D, C)
Danny Moseley, 270-686-4441,
danny.moseley@kctcs.edu
Criminal Justice (A, C) Brock Peterson, 270-686-4601,
brock.peterson@kctcs.edu
Diesel Technology (A, D, C) Walt James, 270-686-4498,
walt.james@kctcs.edu
Electrical Technology (A, D, C) Justin Payne, 270-686-4458,
justin.payne@kctcs.ed
Early College (A) Nikki WImpelberg, 270-686-4596,
nikki.wimpelberg@kctcs.edu
EMT (C) Jimmy Van Cleve, 270-273-3187,
jimmy.vancleve@kctcs.edu
Engineering Technology (A,
D, C)
Richard Hall, 270-686-4462,
richard.hall@kctcs.edu
Fire/Rescue Science Technology
(A, D, C)
Jimmy Van Cleve, 270-273-3187,
jimmy.vancleve@kctcs.edu
Healthcare Facilities
Leadership (A, D, C)
Mike Canales, 270-852-8142,
mike.canales@kctcs.edu
Interdisciplinary Early
Childhood Education (A, D, C)
Dr. Michelle Edwards, 270-686-4408,
michelle.edwards@kctcs.edu
Industrial Maintenance
Technology (A, D, C)
Mike Gore, 270-686-4468,
michael.gore@kctcs.edu
Medical Assisting (A,D,C) Robin Clark, 270-686-4600,
robin.clark@kctcs.edu
Medical Information
Technology (A, C)
Julie Embry, 270-686-4593,
julie.embry@kctcs.edu
Nursing (A, C) Lori Sharp Donahoo, 270-686-4548
lori.sharp@kctcs.edu
Nurse Aide (C) &
KY Medication Aide (C)
Workforce Solutions,
270-686-4444
Paramedic Technology (A, C) Joe Dennison, 270-499-8269,
joe.dennison@kctcs.edu
Radiography (A) Dr. Joy Menser, 270-686-4633,
joy.menser@kctcs.edu
SkillTrain/Adult Education Lindsey Kafer, 270-686-3781,
lindsey.kafer@kctcs.edu
Surgical Technology (A). Zara Basham-Edge, 270-686-4650,
zara.basham@kctcs.edu
Tech X (C) Katie Vincent, 270-686-4423,
katie.vincent@kctcs.edu
Veterinary Technology (A) Eddie Leach, 270-686-3780,
eddie.leach@kctcs.edu
Welding Technology (A, D, C) Barry Bowlds, 270-686-4406,
barry.bowlds@kctcs.edu
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Office Location Hours Contact
HELP Desk   Available 24/7/365 1-855-5GO-OCTC
Counseling Center Main Campus, Campus Center Lower Level M - F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 270-686-4418, octc.counseling@kctcs.edu
Bookstore (operated by Barnes & Noble) Main Campus, Upper Level Campus Center M-Th: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
F: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
270-686-4523. Order online with free shipping.
Campus Information Main Campus, ATC Bldg. M-Th: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - F: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. During regular academic
semester; non-academic semesters, M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
270-686-4400, mary.durr@kctcs.edu
Computer Labs

Main Campus, CyberCenter, lower level LRC, or Technical Building


Southeastern Campus, Room 260

M-Th: 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. F: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 
Closed


M-F: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Sat. & Sun.

 
Fee Payment/Business Office

Main Campus, Admin. Bldg

A fee payment drop box is available on the Main Campus in the Administration
Building for your convenience, or https://students.kctcs.edu.

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 1-855-5GO-OCTC,
270-686-4669, octc.businessoffice@kctcs.edu
Financial Aid

Main Campus, Upper Level Campus Center

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 1-855-5GO-OCTC, text 270-
238-8944, or email octc.financialaid@kctcs.edu
Learning Resource Center (Library)

Main Campus


Downtown & Southeastern Campuses

M - Th: 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. F: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

M-F: 8 - 4:00 p.m. 270-686-4466

270-686-4590


(DT) 270-686-4667, octc.library@kctcs.edu

Pathfinder Den (Transfer, Retention, Success Coaches, Advising & Career)

Main Campus, Lower Level Campus Center

M-Th:
8-5:30 p.m., F: 8 - 4:30 p.m.
270-686-4683, octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu
SkillTrain Center

Downtown Campus

M, W, F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; T, Th: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 270-686-4454, octc.skilltrain@
kctcs.edu
START Center

MN Campus, Campus Center, Upper Level

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 270-686-4522, octc.startcenter@kctcs.edu
Student Records

Main Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Lower Level, ATC 102

M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. octc.studentrecords@kctcs.edu
Teaching & Learning Center (TLC)

Main Campus, Learning Resource Center-lower level

M-Th: 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., F: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

270-852-8964,

octc-tlc@kctcs.edu

Western Kentucky University Owensboro Offices

4821 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

  270-684-9797
OCTC Main Campus

4800 New Hartford Road Owensboro, KY 42303

   
OCTC Southeastern Campus

1901 Southeastern Parkway Owensboro, KY 42303

   
OCTC Downtown Campus

1501 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301