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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School tuition is $1,920 per year for in-district residents. This is 35% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 63% cheaper than the average Kansas in-district tuition of $5,126 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Kansas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 24th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,088 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,040.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $5,010 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Liberal should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $800.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,778 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,778 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Seward County Community College is $12,596 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $12,628. Out-of-state students who don't possess Kansas residence can expect a one year cost of $13,812.

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

Costs and Tuition for Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $12,596
   In-District Tuition$1,920
   Other Fees$1,088
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,778
   Books and Supplies$800
   Room and Board$5,010
Kansas Out of District Total Budget $12,628
   In-State Tuition$1,952
   Other Fees$1,088
   Room and Board$5,010
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,778
   Books and Supplies$800

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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 $12,628 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 Seward County Community College net price for in-state students is $6,133* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

86% of Seward County Community College and Area Technical School students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,903. 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 $4,820. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Seward County Community College and Area Technical School, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,133*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid86%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,903
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,820

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$3,843
$30,001 to $48,000$3,958
$48,001 to $75,000$3,941
$75,001 to $110,000n/a
$110,000+n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,628 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,628. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

44%
36%
19%

Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $3,903

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $3,228

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

Out of Pocket

 19% -  $1,719

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. Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Garden City Community College0% less expensive
Dodge City Community College24.7% less expensive
Frank Phillips College4.5% more expensive
Lamar Community College77.8% more expensive
Pratt Community College0% 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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School.

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 Seward County Community College is $25,256 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 $5,485 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,970**

**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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School.

Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$976
Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,314
Non-Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,568
Non-Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,906

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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Price per credit hour for in district residents$94
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$282
Price per credit hour for Kansas residents$95
Cost for one class for Kansas residents (3 credit hours)$285
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$132
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$396
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$528

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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. 18% of Seward County Community College and Area Technical School students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,228.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Seward County Community College and Area Technical School? 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 $10,970, 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 $13,611.25. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Seward County Community College and Area Technical School. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 86% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,485. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 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.

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$113.43
Amount Borrowed$10,970.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,641.25
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,611.25

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Seward County 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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School, 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 $13,611.25 would be needed to afford a $113.43 monthly payment in the example $10,970.00 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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,408 to $1,952. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.7%. 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 $25,256.00. 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 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$16,520$33,040
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$21,084$42,168
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $26,909$53,818
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $31,151$62,301

Tuition History

What was tuition at Seward County 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$1,340$2,240 4.7%
2011$1,280$2,176 -35.5%
2010$1,984$2,720 0%
2009$1,984$2,720 0%
2008$1,984$2,720 0%
2007$1,984$2,720 0%
2006$1,984$2,720 8.8%
2005$1,824$2,560 0%
2004$1,824$2,560 11.8%
2003$1,632$2,368 10.9%
2002$1,472$2,208 4.5%
2001$1,408$2,144 4.8%
2000$1,344$2,080 0%
1999$1,344$2,080 10.5%
1998$1,216$1,952 2.7%
1997$1,184$1,920 0%
1996$1,184$2,912 15.6%
1995$1,024$2,400 13.8%
1994$900$2,250 0.4%
1993$896$2,400 21.7%
1992$736$2,240 4.5%
1991$704$2,080 4.8%
1990$672$1,920

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 142 38% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 25 32% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 24% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 8 29% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 8 26% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 5 32% cheaper
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations Associate's Degree 2 20% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 1 23% cheaper

Calculators

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Plan and Save for College

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About Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School is a two year community college located in Liberal, Kansas.  Full time enrollment is 830 and part time is 1,097.  Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 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
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
1801 N. Kansas Ave.
Liberal, Kansas
67901

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 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.

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155858 IPEDS survey data.