The total list price for in-state Washington residents to go to South Puget Sound Community College is $14,988 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $20,379. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $5,496.
South Puget Sound Community College tuition is $4,200 per year for in-state residents. This is 32% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,176. The cost is $838 and 17% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $5,038 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 26th in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 8th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,591 which represents a 128% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $270 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,470.
South Puget Sound 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 Olympia area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,492.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,026.
|Washington Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)||$14,988|
|Off-Campus Housing Estimate||$9,492|
|Books and Supplies||$1,026|
|Washington Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)||$5,496|
|Family Provided Room and Board||$0|
|Books and Supplies||$1,026|
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.
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $14,988 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported South Puget Sound Community College net price for in-state students $7,165* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
36% of South Puget Sound Community College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $4,481. 29 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 $3,566. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend South Puget Sound Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$7,165*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||36%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$4,481|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||29%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$3,566|
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||$6,139|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$7,055|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$9,785|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$11,234|
*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.
|School||Cost vs. South Puget Sound Community College|
|Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom||16.1% less expensive|
|Centralia College||4.8% less expensive|
|Clover Park Technical College||4.7% less expensive|
|Tacoma Community College||14.1% less expensive|
|Bates Technical College||0.9% less expensive|
Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at South Puget Sound Community College.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at South Puget Sound Community College is $29,976 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 $5,696 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,392**
**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.
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 South Puget Sound Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for Washington residents||$95|
|Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)||$285|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$266|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$798|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$1,064|
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. 11% of South Puget Sound Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,300.
How much are student loan payments for South Puget Sound 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 $11,392, 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 $14,273.46. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at South Puget Sound Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 36% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,696. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our South Puget Sound 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$118.95|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$2,881.46|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$14,273.46|
Can I afford to attend South Puget Sound 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 South Puget Sound 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 $14,273.46 would be needed to afford a $118.95 monthly payment in the example $11,392.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to South Puget Sound Community College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,700 to $3,585. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.6%. 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 $29,976.00. 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 South Puget Sound Community College.
|Annual||2 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020||$19,607||$39,214|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025||$25,024||$50,048|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030||$31,938||$63,876|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033||$36,972||$73,944|
What was tuition at South Puget Sound 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.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at South Puget Sound 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|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree||614||1% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree||71||9% costlier|
|Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree||45||1% costlier|
|Physical Sciences Associate's Degree||28||12% costlier|
|Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree||26||11% costlier|
|Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree||25||2% costlier|
|Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree||22||29% costlier|
|Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree||21||10% costlier|
|Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree||21||3% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree||15||23% costlier|
|Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree||14||16% costlier|
|Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||13||24% costlier|
|Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree||13||5% costlier|
|Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree||10||22% costlier|
|Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree||10||4% costlier|
|Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree||9||7% costlier|
|Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree||8||12% costlier|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree||8||16% costlier|
|Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree||7||23% costlier|
|Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree||6||0% cheaper|
|Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration Associate's Degree||5||21% costlier|
|Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||5||22% costlier|
|Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree||3||13% costlier|
|Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree||3||17% costlier|
|Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree||2||13% costlier|
|Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree||2||7% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree||1||22% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for South Puget Sound Community College or model a student loan.
South Puget Sound Community College is a two year community college located in Olympia, Washington. Full time enrollment is 2,378 and part time is 2,678. South Puget Sound 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.Address
South Puget Sound 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.
South Puget Sound Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236656 IPEDS survey data.