Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Antelope Valley College tuition is $1,104 per year for in-state residents. This is 69% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,963 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 48th in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 89th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,480 which represents a 487% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $20 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,124.

Housing Costs

Antelope Valley 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 Lancaster area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $10,000.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $975.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $2,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Antelope Valley College is $14,899 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $20,275. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $6,599.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Antelope Valley College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Antelope Valley College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$14,899
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$20
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$10,000
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,800
   Books and Supplies$975
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$6,599
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$20
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,500
   Books and Supplies$975


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 $14,899 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 Antelope Valley College net price for in-state students is $6,019* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of Antelope Valley College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,399. 69 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 $4,603. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Antelope Valley College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Antelope Valley College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,019*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,399
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants69%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,603

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$5,106
$30,001 to $48,000$5,345
$48,001 to $75,000$7,031
$75,001 to $110,000$8,754

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,899 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,899. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $5,399

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

Federal Loans

 54% - $6,481

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

Out of Pocket

 2% -  $219

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. Antelope Valley College
College of the Canyons0% less expensive
Los Angeles Mission College8.3% more expensive
Glendale Community College0% less expensive
Los Angeles Valley College8.3% more expensive
Pasadena City College16.7% more 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 Antelope Valley 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 Antelope Valley College is $29,798 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 $6,858 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,716**

**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 Antelope Valley College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$552
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,450
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,240
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,138

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 Antelope Valley 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 Antelope Valley College
Price per credit hour for California residents$46
Cost for one class for California residents (3 credit hours)$138
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$270
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$810
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,080


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. 12% of Antelope Valley College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,481.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Antelope Valley 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 $13,716, 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 $17,018.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Antelope Valley College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,858. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Antelope Valley 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.

Antelope Valley College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$141.82
Amount Borrowed$13,716.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,302.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$17,018.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Antelope Valley 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 Antelope Valley 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 $17,018.41 would be needed to afford a $141.82 monthly payment in the example $13,716.00 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 Antelope Valley College in the future? 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 $29,798.00. 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 Antelope Valley College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$19,491$38,981
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$24,876$49,751
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $31,748$63,497
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $36,753$73,505

Tuition History

What was tuition at Antelope Valley 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$780$6,270 0%
2011$780$6,270 0%
2010$780$6,480 39.3%
2009$560$5,600 -6.7%
2008$600$600 0%
2007$600$600 -23.1%
2006$780$780 0%
2005$780$780 44.4%
2004$540$5,010 63.6%
2003$330$3,648 0%
2002$330$3,990 0%
2001$330$3,990 -5.2%
2000$348$3,920 -3.3%
1999$360$3,900 -4.3%
1998$376$3,732 -3.6%
1997$390$3,510 -1%
1996$394$2,689 1%
1995$390$1,785 290%
1991$100$2,980 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Antelope Valley 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
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 173 2% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 133 0% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 82 6% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 63 5% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 62 9% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 45 6% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 43 8% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 23 9% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 3% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 15 4% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 14 5% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 14 8% cheaper
Computer Graphics Associate's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 9 6% costlier
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 8 6% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 8 8% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 8 0% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 8 0% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 8 4% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 7 4% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 6 8% costlier
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 5 3% costlier
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Information Technology Associate's Degree 4 5% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 10% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 10% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 3% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 2 2% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 2 9% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 2 14% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 0% costlier
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 2 8% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 1 3% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 1 11% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 1 5% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 1 8% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Small Business Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 1% costlier


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About Antelope Valley College

Antelope Valley College is a two year community college located in Lancaster, California.  Full time enrollment is 4,117 and part time is 9,988.  Antelope Valley 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.

Antelope Valley College
3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Antelope Valley 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.

Antelope Valley College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=109350 IPEDS survey data.