Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Mesa Community College tuition is $2,064 per year for in-state residents. This is 42% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 45% cheaper than the average Arizona tuition of $3,725 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 11th in Arizona amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 13th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,848 which represents a 280% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $30 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,094.

Housing Costs

Mesa 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 Mesa area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $5,780.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,390.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,517 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arizona residents to go to Mesa Community College is $15,781 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arizona residence can expect a one year cost of $21,565. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $10,001.

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

Costs and Tuition for Mesa Community College
Estimated Budgets
Arizona Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,781
   In-State Tuition$2,064
   Other Fees$30
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$5,780
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,517
   Books and Supplies$1,390
Arizona Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,001
   In-State Tuition$2,064
   Other Fees$30
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,517
   Books and Supplies$1,390


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 $15,781 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 Mesa Community College net price for in-state students is $8,444* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Mesa Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,993. 49 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 $4,239. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Mesa Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Mesa Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,444*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,993
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,239

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$7,532
$30,001 to $48,000$8,376
$48,001 to $75,000$10,524
$75,001 to $110,000$11,876

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,781 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,781. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 43% - $3,993

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

Federal Loans

 38% - $3,489

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

Out of Pocket

 19% -  $1,782

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. Mesa Community College
Rio Salado College0% less expensive
GateWay Community College0% less expensive
Scottsdale Community College0% less expensive
Chandler/Gilbert Community College0% less expensive
South Mountain Community College0% 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 Mesa 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 Mesa Community College is $31,562 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 $8,661 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $17,322**

**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 Mesa Community College.

Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,032
Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,890
Non-Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,924
Non-Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,782

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 Mesa 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 Mesa Community College
Price per credit hour for Arizona residents$86
Cost for one class for Arizona residents (3 credit hours)$258
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$327
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$981
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,308


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. 23% of Mesa Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,489.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Mesa 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 $17,322, 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 $21,492.63. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Mesa Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,661. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Mesa 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.

Mesa Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$179.11
Amount Borrowed$17,322.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,170.63
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$21,492.63

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Mesa 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 Mesa 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 $21,492.63 would be needed to afford a $179.11 monthly payment in the example $17,322.00 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 Mesa Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,824 to $2,064. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.6%. 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 $31,562.00. 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 Mesa Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$20,645$41,289
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$26,348$52,696
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $33,628$67,256
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $38,928$77,857

Tuition History

What was tuition at Mesa 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$1,824$7,608 7%
2011$1,704$7,488 -1.7%
2010$1,734$7,518 0%
2009$1,734$6,894 -73.2%
2008$6,462$6,750 6.7%
2007$6,054$6,750 9%
2006$5,554$6,202 5%
2005$5,290$5,290 4.8%
2004$5,050$5,194 1.4%
2003$4,978$5,074 15%
2002$4,330$4,330 335.6%
2001$994$4,282 -76.5%
2000$4,234$4,258 1.1%
1999$4,186$4,210 10.8%
1998$3,778$3,898 1.9%
1997$3,706$3,826 0%
1996$3,706$3,826 10.8%
1995$3,346$3,778 17.7%
1994$2,842$3,778 -11.1%
1993$3,197$3,701 11%
1992$2,880$3,624 -32.2%
1991$4,248$5,364 50%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Mesa 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 970 3% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 191 7% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 171 2% costlier
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 112 10% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 89 0% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 56 12% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 40 20% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 39 20% costlier
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 29 6% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 26 3% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 6% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 17 24% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 17 10% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 16 14% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 14 12% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 13 9% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 18% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 9 7% costlier
Child Development Associate's Degree 8 22% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 10% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 8 7% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 6 18% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 6 6% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 5 8% costlier
Organizational Behavior Studies Associate's Degree 5 36% costlier
Music Management Associate's Degree 5 11% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 9% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 4 23% costlier
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 4 21% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 3 6% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 3 7% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 3 20% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 3 29% costlier
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 16% costlier
Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree 2 24% costlier
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 2 26% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Associate's Degree 1 21% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Geography Associate's Degree 1 1% costlier
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier
Social Work Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 12% costlier


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About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College is a two year community college located in Mesa, Arizona.  Full time enrollment is 6,404 and part time is 14,104.  Mesa 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. Learn more about Mesa Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Mesa 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.

Mesa Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=105154 IPEDS survey data.