Tuition and Cost to Attend Houston Community College

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Texas residents to go to Houston Community College is $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. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $5,758.

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 cost 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 attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,280 which represents a 0% premium.

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

Housing Costs

Houston 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 Houston area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $10,160.

Books and Supplies

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

Costs and Tuition for Houston Community College
Expenditure Price
Texas Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$15,918
   In-State Tuition$2,280
   Other Fees$1,078
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$10,160
   Books and Supplies$2,400
Texas Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$5,758
   In-State Tuition$2,280
   Other Fees$1,078
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   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 total cost 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 $8,953* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

51% of Houston Community College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. 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$8,953*
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 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$8,675
$30,001 to $48,000$9,171
$48,001 to $75,000$11,238
$75,001 to $110,000$13,066

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

CollegeCalc has estimated typical 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.


Grants and Scholarships

 26% - $4,099

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

Federal Loans

 43% - $6,887

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

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $4,932

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. Houston Community College
San Jacinto Community College11.6% less expensive
Alvin Community College7.4% less expensive
Lee College22.1% less expensive
College of the Mainland10.5% less expensive
Lone Star College System15.8% 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 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

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.

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 2020$20,824$41,647
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$26,577$53,154
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $33,920$67,839
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $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%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Houston 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 2,444 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 191 20% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 153 15% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 80 26% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 74 18% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 37 1% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 34 3% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 33 15% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 31 10% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 27 13% cheaper
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 27 12% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 26 22% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 26 16% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 25 19% cheaper
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 22 6% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 22 4% cheaper
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 12% cheaper
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 21 7% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 15% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 20 11% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 19 8% cheaper
Histologic Technician Associate's Degree 17 18% cheaper
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 15 36% cheaper
Petroleum Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 5% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 12 21% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 12 5% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 11 34% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 11% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Associate's Degree 10 9% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 10 38% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 9 22% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 12% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 13% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 21% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Associate's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 0% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Associate's Degree 1 11% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Music Management Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper


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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.

Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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