Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Platt College San Diego is $17,125 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 19% more expensive than the national average private for-profit four year college tuition of $14,395. The cost is 27% cheaper than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 72nd in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 73rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $110 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $17,235.

Housing Costs

Platt College San Diego 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 Diego 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 $1,402.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $5,148 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Platt College-San Diego was $37,078 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of California residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $30,182.

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

Costs and Tuition for Platt College San Diego
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$37,078
   In-State Tuition$17,125
   Other Fees$110
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,293
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,148
   Books and Supplies$1,402
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$30,182
   In-State Tuition$17,125
   Other Fees$110
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$11,545
   Books and Supplies$1,402
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$37,078
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,125
   Other Fees$110
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,293
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,148
   Books and Supplies$1,402


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 $37,078 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 Platt College-San Diego net price for in-state students is $37,627* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of Platt College San Diego students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,645. 40 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 $4,517. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Platt College San Diego, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Platt College San Diego
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$37,627*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,645
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,517

Average Net Price 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$35,972
$30,001 to $48,000$38,649
$48,001 to $75,000$38,153
$75,001 to $110,000$38,778

Average Financial Aid Mix - $37,078 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $37,078. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 11% - $3,645

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

Federal Loans

 38% - $11,986

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

Out of Pocket

 51% -  $16,299

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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 Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Platt College San Diego
California College San Diego7.9% more expensive
Design Institute of San Diego31.4% more expensive
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus38.6% less expensive
Newschool of Architecture and Design51.5% more expensive
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego47.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Platt College San Diego.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Platt College-San Diego is $148,312 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 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 $34,819 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $139,276**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $185,390 or $174,095 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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

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. 58% of Platt College San Diego students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $11,986.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Platt College San Diego? 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 $139,276, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $172,809.58. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Platt College San Diego. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $34,819. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Platt College San Diego 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.

Platt College San Diego Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,440.08
Amount Borrowed$139,276.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$33,533.58
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$172,809.58

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Platt College-San Diego? 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 Platt College San Diego, 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 $172,809.58 would be needed to afford a $1,440.08 monthly payment in the example $139,276.00 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 Platt College San Diego 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 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $148,312.00. 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 Platt College San Diego.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$50,991$203,964
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$65,079$260,315
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $83,059$332,235
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $96,151$384,604

Tuition History

What was tuition at Platt College-San Diego 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.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Platt College San Diego 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
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 96 66% costlier
Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 62 20% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Associate's Degree 28 85% costlier


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About Platt College San Diego

Platt College San Diego is a four year private college located in San Diego, California.  Full time enrollment is 202 and part time is 0.  Platt College San Diego 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.

Platt College San Diego
6250 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Platt College San Diego is a private, for profit school.

Platt College San Diego cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121275 IPEDS survey data.