Tuition and Cost to Attend Westmoreland County Community College

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to Westmoreland County Community College is $9,790 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $12,580. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $7,790.

Undergraduate Tuition

Westmoreland County Community College tuition is $5,580 per year for in-state residents. This is 76% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,176. The cost is $7,113 and 56% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $12,693 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 76th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,370 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $810 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,390.

Housing Costs

Westmoreland 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 Youngwood area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $2,000.

Books and Supplies

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

Costs and Tuition for Westmoreland County Community College
Expenditure Price
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$9,790
   In-State Tuition$5,580
   Other Fees$810
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$2,000
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$7,790
   In-State Tuition$5,580
   Other Fees$810
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$1,400

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 $9,790 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 Westmoreland County Community College net price for in-state students $2,558* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

45% of Westmoreland County Community College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $3,198. 43 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 $3,245. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Westmoreland County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Westmoreland County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$2,558*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid45%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,198
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants43%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,245

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 reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$3,056
$30,001 to $48,000$3,059
$48,001 to $75,000$3,537
$75,001 to $110,000$5,810

Average Financial Aid Mix - $9,790 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $9,790. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $3,198

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $3,485

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

Out of Pocket

 32% -  $3,107

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Westmoreland County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County7.3% more expensive
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College6.5% more expensive
Butler County Community College0% less expensive
Garrett College8.4% more expensive
Community College of Beaver County23.7% 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 Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Community College is $19,580 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 $2,443 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $4,886**

**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 Westmoreland County Community College.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,790
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$4,895
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,185
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,290

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 Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$80
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$240
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$160
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$480
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$240
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$720
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$960

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. 26% of Westmoreland County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,485.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Westmoreland 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 $4,886, 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 $6,121.85. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Westmoreland County Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 45% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,443. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$51.02
Amount Borrowed$4,886.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,235.85
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$6,121.85

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland 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 $6,121.85 would be needed to afford a $51.02 monthly payment in the example $4,886.00 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 Westmoreland County Community College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,470 to $5,490. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.6%. 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 $19,580.00. 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 Westmoreland County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020$12,807$25,614
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$16,346$32,691
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $20,862$41,723
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $24,150$48,300

Tuition History

What was tuition at Westmoreland County 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$5,160$7,440 2.4%
2009$5,040$7,320 5%
2008$4,800$6,990 7.4%
2007$4,470$6,510 6.4%
2006$4,200$6,150 4.5%
2005$4,020$5,880 12%
2004$3,588$5,298 5.3%
2003$3,408$5,028 3.6%
2002$3,288$4,848 3.8%
2001$3,168$4,668 28.2%
2000$2,472$3,624 -16.8%
1999$2,970$4,350 0%
1998$2,970$4,350 6.5%
1997$2,790$4,080 1.4%
1996$2,752$4,042 0%
1995$2,752$4,042 9.6%
1994$2,512$3,682 0%
1993$2,512$3,682 0%
1992$2,512$3,682 4.7%
1991$2,400$3,501 -4.5%
1990$2,512$3,682 -6.6%
1989$2,690$3,938 52%
1988$1,770$2,576 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Westmoreland 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 112 32% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 75 38% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 41 30% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 36 37% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 34 28% cheaper
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Associate's Degree 33 27% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 27 40% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 25 35% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 21 30% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 21 29% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 18 37% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 17 32% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 14 25% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 14 38% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 14 27% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 12 38% cheaper
Family and Community Services Associate's Degree 12 22% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 36% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 9 30% cheaper
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 7 35% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs Associate's Degree 7 0% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 6 48% cheaper
Dietetic Technician Associate's Degree 6 30% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 6 28% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 6 31% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 38% cheaper
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 31% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 5 36% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 5 24% cheaper
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 5 30% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 22% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management Associate's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist Associate's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 2 24% cheaper
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 38% cheaper
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper


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About Westmoreland County Community College

Westmoreland County Community College is a two year community college located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 3,301 and part time is 2,965.  Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data.


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