Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Community College of Allegheny County tuition is $3,300 per year for in-district residents. This is 11% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 73% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania in-district tuition of $12,192 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 51st most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,053 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,653.

Housing Costs

Community College of Allegheny County doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Pittsburgh area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,300.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $5,360 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to CCAC is $17,513 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $20,813. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $24,113. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $13,991.

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

Costs and Tuition for Community College of Allegheny County
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,513
   In-District Tuition$3,300
   Other Fees$1,053
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,360
   Books and Supplies$1,500
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,300
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,691
   In-District Tuition$3,300
   Other Fees$1,053
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,838
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,813
   In-State Tuition$6,600
   Other Fees$1,053
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,300
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,360
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$13,991
   In-State Tuition$6,600
   Other Fees$1,053
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,838
   Books and Supplies$1,500


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 $20,813 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 CCAC net price for in-state students is $5,688* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

55% of Community College of Allegheny County students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,412. 52 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 $4,142. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Community College of Allegheny County, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Community College of Allegheny County
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,688*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid55%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,412
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants52%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,142

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$5,072
$30,001 to $48,000$5,824
$48,001 to $75,000$8,089
$75,001 to $110,000$9,813

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,813 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,813. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $4,412

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $4,146

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $6,895

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. Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Beaver County41.8% more expensive
Butler County Community College5.5% less expensive
Westmoreland County Community College12.7% more expensive
Eastern Gateway Community College46.8% less expensive
West Virginia Northern Community College50.9% 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 Community College of Allegheny County.

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 CCAC is $41,626 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 $5,197 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,394**

**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 Community College of Allegheny County.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,300
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,406
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,950
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,056

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 Community College of Allegheny County 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 Community College of Allegheny County
Price per credit hour for in district residents$110
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$330
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$220
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$660
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$330
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$990
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,320


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. 24% of Community College of Allegheny County students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,146.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Community College of Allegheny County? 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 $10,394, 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 $12,896.57. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Community College of Allegheny County. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 55% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,197. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Community College of Allegheny County 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.

Community College of Allegheny County Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$107.47
Amount Borrowed$10,394.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,502.57
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,896.57

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CCAC? 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 Community College of Allegheny County, 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 $12,896.57 would be needed to afford a $107.47 monthly payment in the example $10,394.00 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 Community College of Allegheny County in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,730 to $6,600. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3%. 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 $41,626.00. 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 Community College of Allegheny County.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,227$54,455
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,750$69,499
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $44,350$88,701
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $51,341$102,682

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Community College of Allegheny County 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 413 19% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 227 9% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 184 14% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 173 12% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 64 24% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 46 24% costlier
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other Associate's Degree 46 42% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 37 22% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 33 23% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 33 9% costlier
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Associate's Degree 31 15% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 30 19% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 32% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 21 25% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 21 25% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 20 36% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 19 15% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 19 20% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 19 25% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 18 22% costlier
Social Work Associate's Degree 17 32% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 17 24% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 15 20% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 15 8% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 15 22% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 26% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 13 24% costlier
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 13 24% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 13 24% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 12 30% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 37% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 11 32% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 10 15% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 10 19% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 9 16% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 23% costlier
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other Associate's Degree 8 42% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 8 29% costlier
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 7 44% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 7 22% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 6 18% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 6 28% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 20% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 6 23% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 21% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 4 25% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Construction Trades, Other Associate's Degree 4 41% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 12% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Associate's Degree 3 31% costlier
Child Development Associate's Degree 3 36% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 35% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 3 19% costlier
Social Work, Other Associate's Degree 3 64% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 2 23% costlier
Court Reporting/Court Reporter Associate's Degree 2 21% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 2 28% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 2 24% costlier
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 2 22% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 30% costlier
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier
Tourism Promotion Operations Associate's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 37% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 14% costlier
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier


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About Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Allegheny County is a two year community college located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 5,687 and part time is 10,405.  Community College of Allegheny County 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.

Community College of Allegheny County
800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Community College of Allegheny County 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.

Community College of Allegheny County cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=210605 IPEDS survey data.