Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Western Piedmont Community College tuition is $2,432 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 30% cheaper than the average North Carolina tuition of $3,458 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 23rd in North Carolina amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 44th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,576 which represents a 253% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $145 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,577.

Housing Costs

Western Piedmont 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 Morganton area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,902.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,455 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state North Carolina residents to go to WPCC is $15,334 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have North Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $21,478. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,432.

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

Costs and Tuition for Western Piedmont Community College
Estimated Budgets
North Carolina Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,334
   In-State Tuition$2,432
   Other Fees$145
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$6,902
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,455
   Books and Supplies$1,400
North Carolina Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,432
   In-State Tuition$2,432
   Other Fees$145
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,455
   Books and Supplies$1,400


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 $15,334 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 WPCC net price for in-state students is $7,254* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of Western Piedmont Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,917. 77 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 $4,708. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Piedmont Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Western Piedmont Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,254*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,917
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants77%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,708

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$7,124
$30,001 to $48,000$7,804
$48,001 to $75,000$9,329
$75,001 to $110,000$11,867

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,334 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,334. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $4,917

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

Federal Loans

 0% - $0

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

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $5,962

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. Western Piedmont Community College
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute0% less expensive
McDowell Technical Community College25% less expensive
Catawba Valley Community College0% less expensive
Mayland Community College0% less expensive
Guilford Technical Community College18.8% 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 Western Piedmont 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 WPCC is $30,668 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 $4,635 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $9,270**

**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 Western Piedmont Community College.

North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,216
North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,667
Non-North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,288
Non-North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,739

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 Western Piedmont 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 Western Piedmont Community College
Price per credit hour for North Carolina residents$67
Cost for one class for North Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$201
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$259
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$777
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,036


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. 0% of Western Piedmont Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $0.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Western Piedmont 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 $9,270, 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 $11,501.94. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Piedmont Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,635. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Western Piedmont 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.

Western Piedmont Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$95.85
Amount Borrowed$9,270.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,231.94
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$11,501.94

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend WPCC? 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 Western Piedmont 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 $11,501.94 would be needed to afford a $95.85 monthly payment in the example $9,270.00 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 Western Piedmont Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,208 to $2,432. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2%. 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 $30,668.00. 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 Western Piedmont Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$20,060$40,120
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$25,602$51,204
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $32,675$65,350
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $37,826$75,651

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Western Piedmont 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 134 3% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 40 11% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 25 6% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 20 6% costlier
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 18 19% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 16 6% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 15 18% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 12 1% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Associate's Degree 11 17% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 10 4% costlier
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 10 12% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 10 16% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 8% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 8 13% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 8 10% costlier
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 7 23% costlier
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant Associate's Degree 6 17% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 6 10% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 6 12% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 5 14% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 9% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Environmental Science Associate's Degree 4 13% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 4 18% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 4 11% costlier
Health Aide Associate's Degree 3 58% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 3 9% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 2 7% costlier
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other Associate's Degree 2 12% costlier
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Precision Production, Other Associate's Degree 1 32% costlier
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier


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About Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College is a two year community college located in Morganton, North Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 788 and part time is 1,001.  Western Piedmont 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.

Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton, North Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Western Piedmont 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.

Western Piedmont Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199908 IPEDS survey data.