Frequently Asked Questions
When do the classes start and how long do they last?
- We have ESL classes starting in August, September, and January (16 or 14-week classes) and in May (10-week classes). View the college academic calendar.
I work full-time. Do you have evening, weekend, or online ESL classes?
- We have ESL classes in the daytime and the evenings. We do not have weekend or online ESL classes.
Where can I take my classes?
My English is really good. Can I just skip ESL and go straight to my major courses? Which ESL classes can I take?
- Your placement test and the ESL Placement Specialist will determine what level and which classes you need. Grammar, Reading/Writing, and Speaking/Listening classes are all required for ESL students who plan to take academic classes at Tri-C. The evaluator will give you this academic pathways form.
Where do I take the placement test, and what are the hours? Do I need an appointment? How much does it cost?
- After you have applied for admission to the college, take the ESL test preparation guide, and go to the campus where you want to attend your classes. Go to the Assessment Center. You do not need an appointment to take the test at most campuses (except Westshore, where it is recommended for you to call 216-987-5888 to make an appointment), and the test is free.
When do I have to register?
- Register at least 3 weeks before classes start.
How much do the classes cost? Can I pay month by month? When do I have to pay? How do I pay for my classes?
- Full-time students will pay for 12 credits. Classes cost less if the student has been a permanent resident of Cuyahoga County for more than one year. If students register early, they can sign up for an installment payment plan, for a fee. If they register late, they have to pay the full amount. View Tuition and Payment Schedule.
- Students can pay several ways, including by cash, credit card, and debit card. Starting October 1, 2015 Credit card payments will no longer be accepted in person at the enrollment centers due to changing regulations that affect Cuyahoga Community College. We will continue to accept cash and check payments. For your convenience, you can use any kiosk or student workstation on campus to make credit card payments. My Tri-C space online payment transactions are quick and convenient and can be done any time from an internet connected device.
A 2.4 percent service fee will continue to be applied to all credit and debit card payments. Pay by cash, check or EFT to avoid the surcharge. A partial payment or a tuition payment plan is due about 6 weeks before the start of classes.
I don’t live in Cuyahoga County. Can I still attend Tri-C? Does it cost the same amount?
- People who live in Ohio outside of Cuyahoga County may attend Tri-C at a slightly higher rate. Out of state students, including those on student visas, pay the Out-of-State rate, no matter how long they live here. View Tuition and Payment Schedule.
How do I apply for financial aid?
- Permanent residents may be eligible for government financial aid, and should apply as soon as possible at this site: FAFSA
Are there any scholarships available?
- There are many scholarships available for different kinds of students. Check with the financial aid office for information.
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Where can I buy my books?
- Each campus has a bookstore. You can also order your books online through the Tri-C bookstore. This is often the fastest and cheapest way to get books because many textbooks are packaged at a discount for Tri-C.
I don’t want to take academic classes and I just want to improve my English. Should I take these classes?
- Many students take credit ESL classes at Tri-C for personal enrichment. There are also free, non-credit ESL classes in many communities.