Tuition and Cost to Attend Houston Community College

Annual Total Cost

The total list price cost for in-state Texas residents to go to Houston Community College was $15,918 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $15,918. The components to this cost are detailed below.

Undergraduate Tuition

Houston Community College tuition is $2,280 per year for in-state residents. This is 28% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,176. The fee is $3,557 and 61% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $5,837 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 27th in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 63rd most expensive 2 year college in the state. If you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,280 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional "other" fee of $1,078 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,358.

Housing Costs

Houston Community College doesn't provide on campus housing, however unless you're living with family you will need to budget for food and housing near Houston just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated room and board expense for academic year for off campus housing is $10,160.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,400.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Houston Community College
Expenditure Price
Texas Resident Total Cost$15,918
Non-Resident Total Cost$15,918
   In-State Tuition$2,280
   Out-of-State Tuition$2,280
   Other Fees$1,078
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$10,160
   Books and Supplies$2,400

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 $15,918 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Houston Community College net price for in-state students receiving aid was $10,084* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

51% of Houston Community College students received grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $4,099. 35 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 $4,054. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Houston Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Houston Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,084*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid51%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,099
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants35%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,054

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,918 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,918. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

4099
6887
4932

 26% - $4,099

Grants and Scholarships

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

 43% - $6,887

Federal Loans

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

 31% -  $4,932

Out of Pocket

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.


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 Houston 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 Houston Community College is $31,836 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 $10,084 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $20,168**

**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 Houston Community College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,140
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,959
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,140
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,959

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 Houston 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 Houston Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$67
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$201
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$134
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$402
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$151
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$453
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$604

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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. 22% of Houston Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,887.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Houston 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 $20,168, 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 $25,269.23. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Houston Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 51% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,084. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Houston 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.

Houston Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$210.58
Amount Borrowed$20,168.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,101.23
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$25,269.23

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Houston 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 Houston 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 $25,269.23 would be needed to afford a $210.58 monthly payment in the example $20,168.00 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Houston 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Houston Community College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,598 to $3,233. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.9%. 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 $31,836.00. 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 Houston Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$20,824$41,647
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$26,577$53,154
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $33,920$67,839
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $39,266$78,533

Tuition History

What was tuition at Houston 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$2,688$3,168 0.9%
2009$2,664$3,144 1.1%
2008$2,634$3,114 1.4%
2007$2,598$3,078 5.1%
2006$2,472$2,952 0%
2005$2,472$2,952 2%
2004$2,424$2,904 16.1%
2003$2,088$2,808 27.9%
2002$1,632$2,712 15.3%
2001$1,416$2,616 9.3%
2000$1,296$2,496 10.2%
1999$1,176$2,496 4.3%
1998$1,128$2,448 0%
1997$1,128$2,448 -33.3%
1996$1,692$3,672 17.5%
1995$1,440$3,132 50%
1994$960$2,088 5.3%
1993$912$2,040 0%
1992$912$2,040 5.6%
1991$864$1,786 -1.8%
1990$880$1,608 -20.7%
1989$1,110$2,010 25%
1988$888$1,600 0%

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Houston Community College ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $15,918. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
General Studies Associate's Degree 2,444 $31,836
2 year estimate
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 191 $31,836
2 year estimate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 153 $31,836
2 year estimate
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 80 $31,836
2 year estimate
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 74 $31,836
2 year estimate
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 37 $31,836
2 year estimate
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 34 $31,836
2 year estimate
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 33 $31,836
2 year estimate
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 31 $31,836
2 year estimate
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 27 $31,836
2 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 27 $31,836
2 year estimate
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 26 $31,836
2 year estimate
Accounting Associate's Degree 26 $31,836
2 year estimate
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 25 $31,836
2 year estimate
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 22 $31,836
2 year estimate
Child Development Associate's Degree 22 $31,836
2 year estimate
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 $31,836
2 year estimate
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 21 $31,836
2 year estimate
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 $31,836
2 year estimate
Real Estate Associate's Degree 20 $31,836
2 year estimate
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 20 $31,836
2 year estimate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 19 $31,836
2 year estimate
Histologic Technician Associate's Degree 17 $31,836
2 year estimate
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 15 $31,836
2 year estimate
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 $31,836
2 year estimate
Petroleum Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 $31,836
2 year estimate
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 12 $31,836
2 year estimate
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 12 $31,836
2 year estimate
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 $31,836
2 year estimate
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 11 $31,836
2 year estimate
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Associate's Degree 10 $31,836
2 year estimate
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 10 $31,836
2 year estimate
Interior Design Associate's Degree 9 $31,836
2 year estimate
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 $31,836
2 year estimate
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 8 $31,836
2 year estimate
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 8 $31,836
2 year estimate
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 $31,836
2 year estimate
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 $31,836
2 year estimate
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 7 $31,836
2 year estimate
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 6 $31,836
2 year estimate
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 $31,836
2 year estimate
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 5 $31,836
2 year estimate
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 4 $31,836
2 year estimate
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 4 $31,836
2 year estimate
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Associate's Degree 3 $31,836
2 year estimate
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 $31,836
2 year estimate
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 2 $31,836
2 year estimate
Music Theory and Composition Associate's Degree 1 $31,836
2 year estimate
Music Management Associate's Degree 1 $31,836
2 year estimate
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 $31,836
2 year estimate

About Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a two year community college located in Houston, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 19,039 and part time is 43,976.  Houston 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.

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Houston, Texas
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