Annual Total Cost

The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Arizona residents to go to Mesa Community College is $8,978 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arizona residence can expect a one year cost of $14,762. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $3,326.

Undergraduate Student Fees

Mesa Community College tuition is $2,016 per year for in-state residents. This is 40% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,376. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average Arizona tuition of $4,129 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 12th in Arizona amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 13th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,800 which represents a 287% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $30 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,046.

Housing Costs

Mesa Community College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Mesa area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $5,652.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,280.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Mesa Community College
Budget Item Cost
Arizona Resident Total Cost (Living Off Campus)$8,978
   In-State Tuition$2,016
   Other Fees$30
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$5,652
   Books and Supplies$1,280
Arizona Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$3,326
   In-State Tuition$2,016
   Other Fees$30
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$1,280


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $8,978 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Mesa Community College net price for in-state students $8,444* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Mesa Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,993. 49 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,239. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Mesa Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Mesa Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,444*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,993
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,239

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$7,532
$30,001 to $48,000$8,376
$48,001 to $75,000$10,524
$75,001 to $110,000$11,876

Average Financial Aid Mix - $8,978 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $8,978. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $3,993

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Mesa Community College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 39% - $3,489

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 17% -  $1,496

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Mesa Community College
Rio Salado College0% less expensive
GateWay Community College0% less expensive
Scottsdale Community College0% less expensive
Chandler/Gilbert Community College0% less expensive
South Mountain Community College0% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Mesa Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Mesa Community College is $17,956 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $8,661 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $17,322**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Mesa Community College.

Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,008
Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$4,489
Non-Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,900
Non-Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,381

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Mesa Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Mesa Community College
Price per credit hour for Arizona residents$84
Cost for one class for Arizona residents (3 credit hours)$252
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$325
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$975
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,300

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 23% of Mesa Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,489.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Mesa Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $17,322, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $21,332.90. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Mesa Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,661. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Mesa Community College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Mesa Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$177.77
Amount Borrowed$17,322.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,010.90
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$21,332.90

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Mesa Community College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Mesa Community College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $21,332.90 would be needed to afford a $177.77 monthly payment in the example $17,322.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Mesa Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,824 to $2,016. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $17,956.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Mesa Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$11,745$23,490
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$14,990$29,980
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $19,131$38,262
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $22,147$44,294

Tuition History

What was tuition at Mesa Community College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$1,734$7,518 0%
2009$1,734$6,894 -73.2%
2008$6,462$6,750 6.7%
2007$6,054$6,750 9%
2006$5,554$6,202 5%
2005$5,290$5,290 4.8%
2004$5,050$5,194 1.4%
2003$4,978$5,074 15%
2002$4,330$4,330 335.6%
2001$994$4,282 -76.5%
2000$4,234$4,258 1.1%
1999$4,186$4,210 10.8%
1998$3,778$3,898 1.9%
1997$3,706$3,826 0%
1996$3,706$3,826 10.8%
1995$3,346$3,778 17.7%
1994$2,842$3,778 -11.1%
1993$3,197$3,701 11%
1992$2,880$3,624 -32.2%
1991$4,248$5,364 50%
1990$2,832$3,576 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Mesa Community College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 970 30% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 191 24% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 171 27% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 112 22% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 89 29% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 56 21% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 40 15% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 39 15% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 29 23% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 26 29% cheaper
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 27% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 17 44% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 17 22% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 16 26% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 14 20% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 13 30% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 13 25% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 15% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 9 35% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 28% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 8 31% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 6 15% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 6 25% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Organizational Behavior Studies Associate's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Music Management Associate's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 4 44% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Associate's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Geography Associate's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation Associate's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Associate's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Social Work Associate's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Associate's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 18% cheaper


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About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College is a two year community college located in Mesa, Arizona.  Full time enrollment is 7,272 and part time is 15,439.  Mesa Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Mesa Community College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Mesa Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=105154 IPEDS survey data.

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