Tuition and Cost to Attend Raritan Valley Community College

Annual Total Cost

The total cost for in-state New Jersey residents to go to Raritan Valley Community College is $9,522 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess New Jersey residence can expect a one year cost of $9,522. The components to this cost are detailed below.

Undergraduate Tuition

Raritan Valley Community College tuition is $3,480 per year for in-state residents. This is 10% more expensive than the national average pubic two yearr tuition of $3,176. The fee is $1,679 and 33% cheaper than the average New Jersey tuition of $5,159 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in New Jersey amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $3,480 which represents a 0% premium.

Housing Costs

Raritan Valley Community College doesn't provide on campus housing, however unless you're living with family you will need to budget for food and housing near Branchburg just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated room and board expense for academic year for off campus housing is $4,100.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Fees

There is an additional fee of $742 which is charged in addition to tuition.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Raritan Valley Community College
Expenditure Price
New Jersey Resident Total Cost$9,522
Non-Resident Total Cost$9,522
   In-State Tuition$3,480
   Out-of-State Tution$3,480
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$4,100
   Books and Supplies$1,200
   Other Fees$742

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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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 $9,522 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Raritan Valley Community College net price for in-state students receiving aid was $3,530* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

24% of Raritan Valley Community College students recieved grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $3,807. 21 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $3,285. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Raritan Valley Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Raritan Valley Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$3,530*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid24%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,807
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants21%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,285

Average Financial Aid Mix - $9,522 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $9,522. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

3807
4240
1475

 40% - $3,807

Grants and Scholarships

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

 45% - $4,240

Federal Loans

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

 15% -  $1,475

Out of Pocket

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 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.


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 Raritan Valley 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 Raritan Valley Community College is $19,044 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 $3,530 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $7,060**

**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.

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 Raritan Valley Community College.

New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,740
New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$4,761
Non-New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,740
Non-New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$4,761

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 Raritan Valley 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 Raritan Valley Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$102
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$306
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$112
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$336
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$448

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Student Loans

The secondry consideration after understanding the cost of college is figuring out how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assitance, but student loans end up financing a singificant portion of higher education in the U.S. 9% of Raritan Valley Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average Federal Loan aid amount of $4,240.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Raritan Valley Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting finacial aid you receieve, 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 $7,060, 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 $8,845.73. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Raritan Valley Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 24% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $3,530. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Raritan Valley 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.

Raritan Valley Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$73.71
Amount Borrowed$7,060.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,785.73
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$8,845.73

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Raritan Valley 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 condidering attending Raritan Valley 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 $8,845.73 would be needed to afford a $73.71 monthly payment in the example $7,060.00 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Raritan Valley 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Raritan Valley Community College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,370 to $4,230. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 $19,044.00. 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 Raritan Valley Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$12,457$24,913
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$15,898$31,796
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $20,290$40,581
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $23,489$46,977

Tuition History

What was tuition at Raritan Valley 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 the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$3,953$3,953 0.3%
2009$3,940$3,940 12.9%
2008$3,490$3,490 3.6%
2007$3,370$3,370 6.6%
2006$3,160$3,160 10.5%
2005$2,860$2,860 15.3%
2004$2,480$2,480 2.5%
2003$2,420$2,420 3.9%
2002$2,330$2,330 3.6%
2001$2,250$4,110 -43%
2000$3,950$7,550 17.2%
1999$3,370$7,470 -12.9%
1998$3,870$7,470 0%
1997$3,870$7,470 0%
1996$3,870$7,470 0.2%
1995$3,861$7,452 31.7%
1994$2,932$5,668 8.8%
1993$2,696$5,204 4.5%
1992$2,580$4,980 11.1%
1991$2,322$4,482 3.8%
1990$2,236$4,316 5.1%
1989$2,128$4,108 11.2%
1988$1,913$3,680 0%

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Raritan Valley Community 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 $9,522. 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 281 $19,044
2 year estimate
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 120 $19,044
2 year estimate
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 103 $19,044
2 year estimate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 80 $19,044
2 year estimate
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 64 $19,044
2 year estimate
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 53 $19,044
2 year estimate
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 44 $19,044
2 year estimate
Lineworker Associate's Degree 24 $19,044
2 year estimate
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 21 $19,044
2 year estimate
Engineering Science Associate's Degree 18 $19,044
2 year estimate
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 16 $19,044
2 year estimate
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 13 $19,044
2 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 13 $19,044
2 year estimate
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 12 $19,044
2 year estimate
Information Technology Associate's Degree 12 $19,044
2 year estimate
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 11 $19,044
2 year estimate
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician Associate's Degree 9 $19,044
2 year estimate
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 7 $19,044
2 year estimate
Communication and Media Studies, Other Associate's Degree 7 $19,044
2 year estimate
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Associate's Degree 5 $19,044
2 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 5 $19,044
2 year estimate
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 5 $19,044
2 year estimate
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 5 $19,044
2 year estimate
Music, General Associate's Degree 4 $19,044
2 year estimate
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 $19,044
2 year estimate
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 4 $19,044
2 year estimate
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 4 $19,044
2 year estimate
Design and Applied Arts, Other Associate's Degree 3 $19,044
2 year estimate
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 $19,044
2 year estimate
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 $19,044
2 year estimate
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 2 $19,044
2 year estimate
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 $19,044
2 year estimate
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 2 $19,044
2 year estimate
Interior Design Associate's Degree 1 $19,044
2 year estimate
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 1 $19,044
2 year estimate

About Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College is a two year community college located in Branchburg, New Jersey.  Full time enrollment is 3,893 and part time is 4,477.  Raritan Valley 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.

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