Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Portland Community College tuition is $3,744 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 7% cheaper than the average Oregon tuition of $4,031 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Oregon amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 11th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,496 which represents a 127% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $344 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,088.

Housing Costs

Portland 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 Portland area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $11,787.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,689.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,453 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Oregon residents to go to Portland Community College is $21,017 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Oregon residence can expect a one year cost of $25,769. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $9,230.

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

Costs and Tuition for Portland Community College
Estimated Budgets
Oregon Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$21,017
   In-State Tuition$3,744
   Other Fees$344
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$11,787
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,453
   Books and Supplies$1,689
Oregon Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,230
   In-State Tuition$3,744
   Other Fees$344
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,453
   Books and Supplies$1,689


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 $21,017 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 Portland Community College net price for in-state students is $7,851* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

41% of Portland Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,137. 41 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 $4,531. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Portland Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Portland Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,851*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid41%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,137
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,531

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$7,570
$30,001 to $48,000$8,680
$48,001 to $75,000$10,909
$75,001 to $110,000$12,767

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,017 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,017. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $5,137

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $5,514

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $6,913

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. Portland Community College
Clackamas Community College11.8% more expensive
Clark College10% less expensive
Mt Hood Community College20.2% more expensive
Chemeketa Community College2.2% more expensive
Lower Columbia College4.8% 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 Portland 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 Portland Community College is $42,034 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 $7,989 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $15,978**

**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

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 Portland 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 Portland Community College
Price per credit hour for Oregon residents$104
Cost for one class for Oregon residents (3 credit hours)$312
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$236
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$708
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$944


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. 30% of Portland Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,514.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Portland 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 $15,978, 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 $19,825.03. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Portland Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 41% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,989. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Portland 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.

Portland Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$165.21
Amount Borrowed$15,978.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,847.03
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$19,825.03

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Portland 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 Portland 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 $19,825.03 would be needed to afford a $165.21 monthly payment in the example $15,978.00 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 Portland Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,952 to $3,744. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.4%. 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 $42,034.00. 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 Portland Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,494$54,988
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$35,090$70,181
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $44,785$89,570
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $51,844$103,689

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Portland 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 1,008 16% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 759 22% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 98 28% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 75 19% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 64 39% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 60 32% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 43 34% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 42 27% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 40 37% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 39 40% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 33 22% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 28 27% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 25 39% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 24 28% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 23 26% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 23 31% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 23 42% costlier
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 20 32% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 19 36% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 19 32% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 19 43% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 35% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 17% costlier
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Associate's Degree 17 7% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 45% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 30% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Associate's Degree 14 28% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 12 27% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 47% costlier
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 27% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 11 28% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 11 23% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 10 35% costlier
Gerontology Associate's Degree 10 27% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 10 30% costlier
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Associate's Degree 9 25% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 31% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 41% costlier
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 17% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 8 41% costlier
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General Associate's Degree 7 46% costlier
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager Associate's Degree 7 22% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 7 31% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 6 38% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 5 25% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 5 36% costlier
Public Administration Associate's Degree 5 25% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 4 44% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 4 32% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 3 33% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 3 37% costlier
Medical Informatics Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 1 54% costlier


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About Portland Community College

Portland Community College is a two year community college located in Portland, Oregon.  Full time enrollment is 11,584 and part time is 16,910.  Portland 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.

Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Portland 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.

Portland Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209746 IPEDS survey data.