Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Manchester Community College tuition is $3,816 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 32% cheaper than the average Connecticut tuition of $5,629 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Connecticut amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $11,448 which represents a 200% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $460 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,276.

Housing Costs

Manchester Community 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 Manchester area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,572.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,512 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Connecticut residents to go to Manchester Community College is $17,560 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Connecticut residence can expect a one year cost of $25,192. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,552.

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

Costs and Tuition for Manchester Community College
Estimated Budgets
Connecticut Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,560
   In-State Tuition$3,816
   Other Fees$460
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,572
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,512
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Connecticut Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,552
   In-State Tuition$3,816
   Other Fees$460
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,076
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $17,560 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 Manchester Community College net price for in-state students is $4,317* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

59% of Manchester Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,775. 49 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 $4,457. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Manchester Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Manchester Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,317*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid59%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,775
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,457

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$3,532
$30,001 to $48,000$3,996
$48,001 to $75,000$4,644
$75,001 to $110,000$5,833

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,560 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,560. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $4,775

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

Federal Loans

 28% - $3,686

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $4,587

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. Manchester Community College
Capital Community College0% less expensive
Asnuntuck Community College0% less expensive
Middlesex Community College0% less expensive
Tunxis Community College0% less expensive
Springfield Technical Community College80.3% 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 Manchester Community 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 Manchester Community College is $35,120 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 $7,734 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $15,468**

**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 Manchester Community College.

Connecticut Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,908
Connecticut Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,780
Non-Connecticut Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,724
Non-Connecticut Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,596

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 Manchester Community 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 Manchester Community College
Price per credit hour for Connecticut residents$159
Cost for one class for Connecticut residents (3 credit hours)$477
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$477
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,431
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,908


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. 4% of Manchester Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,686.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Manchester Community 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 $15,468, 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 $19,192.24. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Manchester Community 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 $7,734. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Manchester Community 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.

Manchester Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$159.94
Amount Borrowed$15,468.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,724.24
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$19,192.24

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Manchester Community 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 Manchester Community 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 $19,192.24 would be needed to afford a $159.94 monthly payment in the example $15,468.00 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 Manchester Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,192 to $3,816. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.9%. 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 $35,120.00. 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 Manchester Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$22,972$45,944
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$29,318$58,637
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $37,419$74,837
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $43,317$86,633

Tuition History

What was tuition at Manchester Community 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$3,096$9,288 2.4%
2011$3,024$9,072 -5.5%
2010$3,200$9,560 7.2%
2009$2,984$8,912 5.5%
2008$2,828$8,444 5.8%
2007$2,672$7,976 5.4%
2006$2,536$7,568 5.4%
2005$2,406$7,178 4.2%
2004$2,310$6,890 13.6%
2003$2,034$6,042 7.7%
2002$1,888$5,816 0.1%
2001$1,886$5,438 4%
2000$1,814$5,438 0%
1999$1,814$5,438 0%
1998$1,814$5,438 5.3%
1997$1,722$4,842 4.6%
1996$1,646$4,622 8.3%
1995$1,520$4,592 8.7%
1994$1,398$4,206 9.6%
1993$1,276$3,820 12.9%
1992$1,130$3,344 21%
1991$934$2,716 6.1%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Manchester Community 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 293 19% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 68 30% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 67 29% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 62 13% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 28 33% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 23 38% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 20 29% costlier
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Associate's Degree 19 14% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 18 6% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 17 44% costlier
Social Work Associate's Degree 15 38% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 14 25% costlier
Engineering Science Associate's Degree 14 17% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Associate's Degree 13 12% costlier
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 12 20% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 12 30% costlier
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 11 38% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 11 26% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 11 15% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 11 24% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 9 24% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 9 29% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 9 35% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 8 14% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 7 21% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 5 23% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 3 17% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 3 36% costlier
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other Associate's Degree 3 19% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 16% costlier
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Associate's Degree 3 15% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 3 26% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 14% costlier
Industrial Engineering Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier


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About Manchester Community College

Manchester Community College is a two year community college located in Manchester, Connecticut.  Full time enrollment is 2,169 and part time is 4,611.  Manchester Community 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.

Manchester Community College
Great Path
Manchester, Connecticut

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Manchester Community 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.

Manchester Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=129695 IPEDS survey data.