Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Pima Community College tuition is $1,956 per year for in-state residents. This is 45% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 47% cheaper than the average Arizona tuition of $3,745 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Arizona amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 20th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,272 which represents a 272% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $162 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,118.

Housing Costs

Pima 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 Tucson area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,346.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,920.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,000 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arizona residents to go to Pima Community College is $16,384 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arizona residence can expect a one year cost of $21,700. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,038.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Pima Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Pima Community College
Estimated Budgets
Arizona Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$16,384
   In-State Tuition$1,956
   Other Fees$162
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,346
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,920
Arizona Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,038
   In-State Tuition$1,956
   Other Fees$162
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,920


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 $16,384 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 Pima Community College net price for in-state students is $2,935* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

60% of Pima Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,384. 55 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 $4,329. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Pima Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Pima Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$2,935*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid60%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,384
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants55%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,329

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$2,340
$30,001 to $48,000$3,142
$48,001 to $75,000$5,290
$75,001 to $110,000$6,988

Average Financial Aid Mix - $16,384 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,384. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $4,384

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $2,954

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $6,046

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. Pima Community College
Tohono O'Odham Community College58% less expensive
Central Arizona College31.9% more expensive
Eastern Arizona College30.4% more expensive
Chandler/Gilbert Community College5.5% more expensive
Mesa Community College5.5% 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 Pima 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 Pima Community College is $32,768 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 $2,971 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $5,942**

**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 Pima Community College.

Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$978
Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,192
Non-Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,636
Non-Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,850

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 Pima 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 Pima Community College
Price per credit hour for Arizona residents$82
Cost for one class for Arizona residents (3 credit hours)$246
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$303
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$909
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,212


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. 12% of Pima Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $2,954.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Pima 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 $5,942, 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 $7,372.66. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Pima Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 60% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,971. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Pima 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.

Pima Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$61.44
Amount Borrowed$5,942.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,430.66
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$7,372.66

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pima 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 Pima 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 $7,372.66 would be needed to afford a $61.44 monthly payment in the example $5,942.00 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 Pima Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,524 to $1,956. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.7%. 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 $32,768.00. 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 Pima Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$21,433$42,867
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$27,355$54,710
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $34,913$69,825
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $40,416$80,832

Tuition History

What was tuition at Pima 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$1,404$7,056 9.3%
2011$1,284$6,456 -5%
2010$1,352$6,332 3.7%
2009$1,304$6,092 3.8%
2008$1,256$5,792 6.1%
2007$1,184$5,624 4.2%
2006$1,136$5,384 8.4%
2005$1,048$5,104 2.9%
2004$1,018$5,074 7.6%
2003$946$4,778 6.8%
2002$886$4,512 0.7%
2001$880$4,330 2.8%
2000$856$4,210 6.7%
1999$802$4,090 3.1%
1998$778$4,000 0.5%
1997$774$4,128 9.6%
1996$706$3,610 -2.5%
1995$724$3,600 3.4%
1994$700$3,576 12.2%
1993$624$3,384 8.3%
1992$576$3,096 9.1%
1991$528$2,808 4.8%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Pima 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 856 2% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 402 3% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 212 2% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 186 8% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 40 13% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 39 7% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 35 18% costlier
Clinical/Medical Social Work Associate's Degree 34 51% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 33 14% costlier
Digital Arts Associate's Degree 28 18% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 26 20% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 26 12% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 25 15% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 24 11% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 23 5% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 22 7% costlier
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 17 20% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 16 11% costlier
Education, General Associate's Degree 14 15% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 14 17% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 12 8% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 12 7% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 19% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 11 7% costlier
Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 10 17% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 10 21% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 10 10% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 10 9% costlier
Game and Interactive Media Design Associate's Degree 9 19% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 9 12% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 9 19% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 9 10% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Associate's Degree 8 13% costlier
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Associate's Degree 7 19% costlier
Anthropology Associate's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 7% costlier
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 7 9% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 6 21% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 5 16% costlier
Histologic Technician Associate's Degree 5 9% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 0% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 4 12% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 4 12% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 4 11% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 13% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 3 5% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 2 11% costlier
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 2 4% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 14% costlier


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About Pima Community College

Pima Community College is a two year community college located in Tucson, Arizona.  Full time enrollment is 7,736 and part time is 17,220.  Pima 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 Pima Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pima 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.

Pima Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=105525 IPEDS survey data.