Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Luzerne County Community College tuition is $3,810 per year for in-district residents. This is 28% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 69% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania in-district tuition of $12,192 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 47th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,680 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,300.

Housing Costs

Luzerne County 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 Nanticoke area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $4,800.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,000.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $1,600 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Luzerne County Community College is $13,890 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $17,700. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $21,510. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $12,900.

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

Costs and Tuition for Luzerne County Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$13,890
   In-District Tuition$3,810
   Other Fees$1,680
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,600
   Books and Supplies$2,000
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$4,800
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,090
   In-District Tuition$3,810
   Other Fees$1,680
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,600
   Books and Supplies$2,000
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,700
   In-State Tuition$7,620
   Other Fees$1,680
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$4,800
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,600
   Books and Supplies$2,000
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$12,900
   In-State Tuition$7,620
   Other Fees$1,680
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,600
   Books and Supplies$2,000


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 $17,700 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 Luzerne County Community College net price for in-state students is $6,211* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

66% of Luzerne County Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,681. 61 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 $4,252. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Luzerne County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Luzerne County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,211*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid66%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,681
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants61%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,252

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$5,759
$30,001 to $48,000$6,574
$48,001 to $75,000$9,039
$75,001 to $110,000$10,682

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,700 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,700. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $4,681

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $5,067

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $6,352

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. Luzerne County Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College21.3% less expensive
Northampton County Area Community College21.3% less expensive
Reading Area Community College1.6% more expensive
Warren County Community College42.9% less expensive
Broome Community College39.9% 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 Luzerne County 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 Luzerne County Community College is $35,400 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 $5,415 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,830**

**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 Luzerne County Community College.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,810
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,850
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,715
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,755

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 Luzerne County 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 Luzerne County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$127
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$381
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$254
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$762
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$381
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,143
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,524


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. 40% of Luzerne County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,067.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Luzerne County 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 $10,830, 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 $13,437.55. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Luzerne County Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 66% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,415. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Luzerne County 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.

Luzerne County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$111.98
Amount Borrowed$10,830.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,607.55
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,437.55

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Luzerne County 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 Luzerne County 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 $13,437.55 would be needed to afford a $111.98 monthly payment in the example $10,830.00 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 Luzerne County Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,760 to $7,620. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.5%. 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 $35,400.00. 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 Luzerne County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$23,155$46,310
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$29,552$59,104
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $37,717$75,434
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $43,662$87,324

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Luzerne County 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 158 7% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 97 3% cheaper
Education, General Associate's Degree 55 14% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 55 3% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 45 12% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 30 0% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 28 10% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 27 4% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 23 20% costlier
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller Associate's Degree 22 5% costlier
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Associate's Degree 21 24% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 20 15% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 19 4% cheaper
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 6% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 18 2% cheaper
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 18% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 16 11% costlier
Human Services, General Associate's Degree 15 2% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 14 10% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 22% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 13 8% costlier
Journalism Associate's Degree 12 10% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 12 21% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 11 10% costlier
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Associate's Degree 10 3% cheaper
Advertising Associate's Degree 10 16% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 9 0% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 9 6% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 9 12% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 8 9% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 8 6% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 18% costlier
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 8 12% cheaper
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 12% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 7 6% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 7 15% costlier
Computer Graphics Associate's Degree 7 1% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 6 16% costlier
Illustration Associate's Degree 5 30% cheaper
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 4 7% costlier
Court Reporting/Court Reporter Associate's Degree 3 7% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 3 11% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 7% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 0% costlier
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 2 19% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 2 0% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 1 5% costlier
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Associate's Degree 1 22% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier


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About Luzerne County Community College

Luzerne County Community College is a two year community college located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 2,526 and part time is 3,143.  Luzerne County 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.

Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Luzerne County 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.

Luzerne County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=213659 IPEDS survey data.