Palomar College

San Marcos, California


Costs to Attend Palomar College

Are you interested in applying to Palomar College yet wondering how much it costs or if you can afford to attend? Use our comprehensive price data and loan calculation tools to assist in determining if this school makes financial sense for you and your intended major of study.

Annual Cost

  • Total One Academic Year Cost
  • California Residents: $13,956
  • Non California Residents: $17,852
  • Cost Itemization
  • Tution for California Residents: $1,288
  • Tution for non-California Residents: $5,184
  • Room and Board or estimated off campus living expense: $10,962
  • Books and Supplies: $1,666
  • Other Fees: $40

The cost per year to attend Palomar College is $13,956 for the 2012/2013 academic year. Residents outside of California have a total one year cost of $17,852. How much may your student loan payments be and can you afford to attend? If you are interested in learning more, request additional information to be sent to you from Palomar College

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years. Please consult the school directly for the most up to date price information.

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Estimated 2 Year Cost at Current Tuition

At current published tuition rates, the estimated total tuition and living expense cost of a 2 year associate degree at Palomar College is $27,912 for students graduating in normal time. Our methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a multiple of the most recent reported annual cost and does not factor in tuition increases.

  • 2 Year Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $27,912
  • 2 Year Out of State Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $35,704

Estimated Cost Per Semester

  • California Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $6,978
  • Non California Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $8,926

Average Net Price and Financial Aid

  • Average Annual Net Price: $7,014*
  • Estimated Average 2 Year Degree Cost: $14,028**
  • Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid: 34%
  • Average Annual Total Grant Aid Amount: $1,955
  • Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants: 13%
  • Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid: $3,476
  • Percent of Students Receiving Federal Student Loans: 1%
  • Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid: $3,026

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 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.

**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 2011-2012 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Palomar College is a not for profit institution.

Example Student Loan Payments and Costs

How much are estimated student loan payments for Palomar College? Below are the costs for an example student loan if you borrowed $14,028, our estimated average net price for a two year degree. Note that this calculation assumes you are part of the reported 34% 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 may 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 Payment: $141.10
  • Amount Borrowed: $14,028.00
  • Interest Rate: 3.9%
  • Term: 10 years
  • Number of Monthly Payments: 120
  • Total Interest Cost: $2,903.42
  • Total of All Payments of 10 years: $16,931.42

Loan Affordability & Salary

Can I afford to attend Palomar College? To keep student loan payments affordable, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income. When planning how to afford 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 these parameters, a salary of $16,931.42 is recommended to afford a $141.10 monthly payment in the example loan modeled above. 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 Palomar College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $684 to $1,052. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 10.8%. 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 can expect to pay for a 2 year degree at this school assuming tuition increases along at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $27,912.00. Use our 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.

  • Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019 - Annual: $18,257, 2 Year Degree: $36,514
  • Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024 - Annual: $23,301, 2 Year Degree: $46,602
  • Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 - Annual: $29,739, 2 Year Degree: $59,478
  • Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 - Annual: $34,426, 2 Year Degree: $68,853

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost Per 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 Palomar College are as follows.

  • 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

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Tuition History

What was tuition at Palomar College for the past five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? Looking at historical tuition increase rates may provide an indication as to expected increases in the future. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

  • 2010 - $826 In State / $5,374 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 36.5% Annual Increase
  • 2009 - $605 In State / $5,617 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0.8% Annual Increase
  • 2008 - $600 In State / $5,164 Out of State Tuition and Fees. -16.6% Annual Increase
  • 2007 - $719 In State / $4,403 Out of State Tuition and Fees. -5.9% Annual Increase
  • 2006 - $764 In State / $4,992 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase
  • 2005 - $764 In State / $4,656 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 42% Annual Increase
  • 2004 - $538 In State / $4,430 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 43.1% Annual Increase
  • 2003 - $376 In State / $4,384 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase
  • 2002 - $376 In State / $4,384 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 3.3% Annual Increase
  • 2001 - $364 In State / $4,264 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 3.4% Annual Increase
  • 2000 - $352 In State / $3,652 Out of State Tuition and Fees. -7.9% Annual Increase
  • 1999 - $382 In State / $3,952 Out of State Tuition and Fees. -5% Annual Increase
  • 1998 - $402 In State / $3,552 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 4.7% Annual Increase
  • 1997 - $384 In State / $2,880 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 11.3% Annual Increase
  • 1996 - $345 In State / $3,081 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase
  • 1993 - $138 In State / $2,461 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase
  • 1992 - $138 In State / $2,461 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 20% Annual Increase
  • 1991 - $115 In State / $2,423 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase
  • 1990 - $115 In State / $2,298 Out of State Tuition and Fees. 0% Annual Increase

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Palomar College ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $13,956. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 484 $27,912
2 year cost
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 363 $27,912
2 year cost
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 227 $27,912
2 year cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 201 $27,912
2 year cost
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 65 $27,912
2 year cost
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 54 $27,912
2 year cost
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 43 $27,912
2 year cost
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 30 $27,912
2 year cost
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 28 $27,912
2 year cost
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 26 $27,912
2 year cost
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 $27,912
2 year cost
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 12 $27,912
2 year cost
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 11 $27,912
2 year cost
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 $27,912
2 year cost
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 10 $27,912
2 year cost
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 9 $27,912
2 year cost
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 9 $27,912
2 year cost
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Associate's Degree 8 $27,912
2 year cost
Cabinetmaking and Millwork Associate's Degree 6 $27,912
2 year cost
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 6 $27,912
2 year cost
Dance, General Associate's Degree 6 $27,912
2 year cost
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 6 $27,912
2 year cost
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Homeland Security Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
Computer Graphics Associate's Degree 5 $27,912
2 year cost
French Language and Literature Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Music, General Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Associate's Degree 4 $27,912
2 year cost
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Education, General Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 3 $27,912
2 year cost
Interior Design Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Journalism Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Advertising Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Forensic Science and Technology Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Information Technology Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Public Administration Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Economics, General Associate's Degree 2 $27,912
2 year cost
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Family and Community Services Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Women's Studies Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Archeology Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Geography, Other Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Real Estate Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Electrician Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking Associate's Degree 1 $27,912
2 year cost

About Palomar College

Palomar College is a two year community college located in San Marcos, California.  Full time enrollment is 8,831 and part time is 16,689.  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.

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