Palomar College tuition is $1,288 per year for in-state residents. This is 63% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,443. The cost is 73% cheaper than the average California tuition of $4,852 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 93rd in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 58th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,028 which represents a 446% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $50 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,338.
Palomar 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 San Marcos area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $12,826.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,764.
Off-campus students should budget for $2,668 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Palomar College is $18,596 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $24,336. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $5,626.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 IPEDS survey response for Palomar College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)||$18,596|
|Off-Campus Housing Budget||$12,826|
|Off-Campus Other Budget||$2,668|
|Books and Supplies||$1,764|
|California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)||$5,626|
|Family Provided Room and Board||$0|
|With-Family Other Living Budget||$2,524|
|Books and Supplies||$1,764|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $18,596 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Palomar College net price for in-state students is $5,110* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
59% of Palomar College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,313. 37 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 $4,478. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Palomar College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$5,110*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||59%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$4,313|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||37%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,478|
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||$3,038|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$3,925|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$5,737|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$7,321|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,596. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Palomar College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
|School||Cost vs. Palomar College|
|MiraCosta College||14.3% less expensive|
|San Diego Miramar College||14.3% less expensive|
|San Diego Mesa College||14.3% less expensive|
|Grossmont College||3.6% more expensive|
|San Diego City College||14.3% less expensive|
Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Palomar College.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Palomar College is $37,192 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 $7,014 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $14,028**
**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.
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 Palomar College.
|California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$644|
|California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$9,298|
|Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$3,514|
|Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$12,168|
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 Palomar College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for California residents||$36|
|Cost for one class for California residents (3 credit hours)||$108|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$180|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$540|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$720|
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. 2% of Palomar College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $2,990.
How much are student loan payments for Palomar 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 $14,028, 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 $17,405.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Palomar College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 59% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,014. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Palomar 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$145.05|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$3,377.53|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$17,405.53|
Can I afford to attend Palomar 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 Palomar 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 $17,405.53 would be needed to afford a $145.05 monthly payment in the example $14,028.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to Palomar College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,008 to $1,288. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.6%. 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 $37,192.00. 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 Palomar College.
|Annual||2 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022||$24,327||$48,654|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027||$31,048||$62,096|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032||$39,626||$79,252|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035||$45,872||$91,745|
What was tuition at Palomar 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.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Palomar 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||484||25% costlier|
|Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree||363||17% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree||227||20% costlier|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree||201||15% costlier|
|Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||65||28% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree||54||25% costlier|
|Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree||43||16% costlier|
|Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree||30||28% costlier|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree||28||40% costlier|
|Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree||26||17% costlier|
|Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree||17||30% costlier|
|Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree||12||48% costlier|
|Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree||11||32% costlier|
|Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||11||35% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Associate's Degree||10||35% costlier|
|Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree||9||40% costlier|
|Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree||9||20% costlier|
|LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Associate's Degree||8||17% costlier|
|Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree||6||31% costlier|
|Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree||6||36% costlier|
|Dance, General Associate's Degree||6||19% costlier|
|Cabinetmaking and Millwork Associate's Degree||6||54% costlier|
|Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree||5||47% costlier|
|Computer Graphics Associate's Degree||5||13% costlier|
|Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree||5||40% costlier|
|Homeland Security Associate's Degree||5||52% costlier|
|Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree||5||3% cheaper|
|Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree||5||34% costlier|
|Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree||5||26% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree||4||35% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree||4||32% costlier|
|Music, General Associate's Degree||4||33% costlier|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Associate's Degree||4||25% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Associate's Degree||4||14% costlier|
|Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree||4||13% costlier|
|Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree||4||18% costlier|
|Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree||3||22% costlier|
|Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Associate's Degree||3||12% costlier|
|Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Associate's Degree||3||40% costlier|
|Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree||3||24% costlier|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree||3||22% costlier|
|Film/Cinema/Video Studies Associate's Degree||3||14% costlier|
|Education, General Associate's Degree||3||35% costlier|
|Information Technology Associate's Degree||2||29% costlier|
|Public Administration Associate's Degree||2||20% costlier|
|Interior Design Associate's Degree||2||16% costlier|
|Journalism Associate's Degree||2||33% costlier|
|Advertising Associate's Degree||2||5% cheaper|
|Graphic Design Associate's Degree||2||7% costlier|
|Radio and Television Associate's Degree||2||26% costlier|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate's Degree||2||39% costlier|
|Economics, General Associate's Degree||2||18% costlier|
|Forensic Science and Technology Associate's Degree||2||37% costlier|
|Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree||2||25% costlier|
|Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree||1||32% costlier|
|Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||1||25% costlier|
|Women's Studies Associate's Degree||1||23% costlier|
|Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree||1||36% costlier|
|Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree||1||41% costlier|
|Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree||1||7% costlier|
|Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||1||40% costlier|
|Real Estate Associate's Degree||1||29% costlier|
|Archeology Associate's Degree||1||31% costlier|
|Psychology, General Associate's Degree||1||32% costlier|
|Geography, Other Associate's Degree||1||16% costlier|
|Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree||1||22% costlier|
|Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree||1||23% costlier|
|Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Associate's Degree||1||26% costlier|
|Family and Community Services Associate's Degree||1||44% costlier|
|Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||1||39% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree||1||23% costlier|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree||1||8% costlier|
|Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree||1||13% costlier|
|Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking Associate's Degree||1||73% costlier|
|Electrician Associate's Degree||1||41% costlier|
|E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Associate's Degree||1||23% costlier|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Associate's Degree||1||24% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Palomar College or model a student loan.
Palomar College is a two year community college located in San Marcos, California. Full time enrollment is 7,694 and part time is 15,788. Palomar 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.Address
Palomar 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.
Palomar College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=120971 IPEDS survey data.