Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Foothill College tuition is $1,395 per year for in-state residents. This is 61% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 65% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,963 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 109th in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,595 which represents a 516% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $159 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,554.

Housing Costs

Foothill 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 Los Altos Hills area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $13,293.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,854.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,509 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Foothill College is $21,210 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $28,410. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,917.

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

Costs and Tuition for Foothill College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$21,210
   In-State Tuition$1,395
   Other Fees$159
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,293
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,509
   Books and Supplies$1,854
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,917
   In-State Tuition$1,395
   Other Fees$159
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,509
   Books and Supplies$1,854


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 $21,210 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 Foothill College net price for in-state students is $6,590* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

32% of Foothill College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,733. 19 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 $3,909. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Foothill College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Foothill College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,590*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid32%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,733
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants19%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,909

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$3,720
$30,001 to $48,000$5,140
$48,001 to $75,000$6,363
$75,001 to $110,000$8,406

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,210 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,210. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 22% - $3,733

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

Federal Loans

 32% - $5,361

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

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $7,607

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. Foothill College
De Anza College0% less expensive
Mission College20.9% less expensive
Canada College7.7% less expensive
West Valley College20.9% less expensive
San Jose City College5.9% 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 Foothill 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 Foothill College is $42,420 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 $7,168 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $14,336**

**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

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 Foothill 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 Foothill College
Price per credit hour for California residents$31
Cost for one class for California residents (3 credit hours)$93
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$191
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$573
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$764


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. 6% of Foothill College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,361.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Foothill 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 $14,336, 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 $17,787.69. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Foothill College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 32% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,168. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Foothill 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.

Foothill College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$148.23
Amount Borrowed$14,336.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,451.69
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$17,787.69

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Foothill 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 Foothill 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 $17,787.69 would be needed to afford a $148.23 monthly payment in the example $14,336.00 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 Foothill 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 $42,420.00. 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 Foothill College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,747$55,493
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$35,413$70,825
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $45,196$90,393
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $52,321$104,641

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Foothill 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 51 37% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 36 44% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 34 39% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 32 36% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 30 46% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 28 47% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 26 31% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 25 46% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 22 46% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 19 45% costlier
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 19 43% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 18 45% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 18 31% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 14 44% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Associate's Degree 13 50% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 40% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 11 53% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 10 44% costlier
Anthropology Associate's Degree 9 28% costlier
Economics, General Associate's Degree 8 28% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 8 51% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 7 27% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 7 37% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 7 43% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations Associate's Degree 6 25% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 6 47% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 6 30% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 6 40% costlier
Physician Assistant Associate's Degree 5 20% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 5 29% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 5 43% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Associate's Degree 5 21% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 5 53% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 4 42% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 4 43% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 4 25% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 4 48% costlier
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration Associate's Degree 3 65% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 3 43% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 3 46% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 3 45% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 3 60% costlier
French Language and Literature Associate's Degree 2 21% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 2 46% costlier
Biomedical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 42% costlier
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 2 45% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Associate's Degree 2 30% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Associate's Degree 2 34% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 2 38% costlier
Philosophy Associate's Degree 2 34% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 2 44% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Associate's Degree 2 61% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Associate's Degree 2 23% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 57% costlier
Geography Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier
Creative Writing Associate's Degree 1 40% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 1 41% costlier


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About Foothill College

Foothill College is a two year community college located in Los Altos Hills, California.  Full time enrollment is 4,952 and part time is 10,417.  Foothill 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.

Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Foothill 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.

Foothill College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=114716 IPEDS survey data.