Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Delta College tuition is $3,210 per year for in-district residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 8% cheaper than the average Michigan in-district tuition of $3,508 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 18th in Michigan amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $590 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,080.

Housing Costs

Delta 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 University Center area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $3,432.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,768.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,032 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Delta College is $12,032 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $14,312. Out-of-state students who don't possess Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $19,142. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $10,880.

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

Costs and Tuition for Delta College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$12,032
   In-District Tuition$3,210
   Other Fees$590
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,032
   Books and Supplies$1,768
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$3,432
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,600
   In-District Tuition$3,210
   Other Fees$590
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,032
   Books and Supplies$1,768
Michigan Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$14,312
   In-State Tuition$5,490
   Other Fees$590
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$3,432
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,032
   Books and Supplies$1,768
Michigan Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,880
   In-State Tuition$5,490
   Other Fees$590
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,032
   Books and Supplies$1,768


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 $14,312 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 Delta College net price for in-state students is $4,061* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

60% of Delta College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,915. 51 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 $4,632. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Delta College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Delta College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,061*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid60%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,915
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants51%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,632

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$2,843
$30,001 to $48,000$4,147
$48,001 to $75,000$6,500
$75,001 to $110,000$8,455

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,312 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,312. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $4,915

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

Federal Loans

 34% - $3,858

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

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $2,507

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. Delta College
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College73.8% less expensive
Mott Community College19.8% less expensive
Mid Michigan Community College20.7% more expensive
Montcalm Community College11.5% more expensive
Lansing Community College12.6% more 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 Delta 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 Delta College is $28,624 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 $4,174 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $8,348**

**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 Delta College.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,745
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,156
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,160
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,571

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 Delta 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 Delta College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$107
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$321
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$183
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$549
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$344
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,032
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,376


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 Delta College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,858.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Delta 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 $8,348, 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 $10,357.95. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Delta College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 60% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,174. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Delta 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.

Delta College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$86.32
Amount Borrowed$8,348.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,009.95
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$10,357.95

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Delta 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 Delta 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 $10,357.95 would be needed to afford a $86.32 monthly payment in the example $8,348.00 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 Delta College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,050 to $5,490. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.1%. 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 $28,624.00. 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 Delta College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$18,723$37,446
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$23,896$47,791
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $30,497$60,995
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $35,305$70,609

Tuition History

What was tuition at Delta 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$3,900$5,700 4.8%
2011$3,720$5,400 -3.8%
2010$3,867$5,457 0%
2009$3,867$5,457 4.4%
2008$3,705$5,205 5.6%
2007$3,510$4,920 4.9%
2006$3,345$4,680 5%
2005$3,186$4,455 5.7%
2004$3,015$4,215 6.1%
2003$2,842$3,982 10.6%
2002$2,570$3,650 3.6%
2001$2,480$3,530 2.5%
2000$2,419$3,439 2.8%
1999$2,352$3,342 9.9%
1998$2,140$3,040 0%
1997$2,140$3,040 -4.7%
1996$2,245$3,145 -1%
1995$2,268$3,168 -0.3%
1994$2,274$3,174 17.2%
1993$1,940$2,990 -3.2%
1992$2,004$2,934 35%
1991$1,484$2,180 4.1%
1990$1,426$2,122 0%
1989$1,426$1,954 0.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Delta 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 506 14% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 98 9% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 87 11% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 67 1% cheaper
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 57 2% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 41 2% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 28 3% cheaper
Precision Production, Other Associate's Degree 26 17% costlier
Corrections Associate's Degree 22 9% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 9% costlier
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 18 0% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 18 4% cheaper
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 3% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 4% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 14 5% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 13 14% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 2% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 12 2% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 11 2% cheaper
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 7% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 11 2% costlier
Lineworker Associate's Degree 10 20% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 10 6% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 10 2% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 9 1% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Small Business Administration/Management Associate's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 8 4% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 5% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 7 3% costlier
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other Associate's Degree 7 0% costlier
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Associate's Degree 7 0% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 7% costlier
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General Associate's Degree 5 8% costlier
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology Associate's Degree 5 13% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Electrician Associate's Degree 5 8% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 4 3% costlier
Security and Loss Prevention Services Associate's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other Associate's Degree 3 8% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Associate's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager Associate's Degree 3 4% costlier
Merchandising and Buying Operations Associate's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Retailing and Retail Operations Associate's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 0% cheaper


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About Delta College

Delta College is a two year community college located in University Center, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 3,312 and part time is 5,820.  Delta 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.

Delta College
1961 Delta Road
University Center, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Delta 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.

Delta College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=169521 IPEDS survey data.