College of the Desert tuition is $1,345 per year for in-state residents. This is 64% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,755. The cost is 55% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,010 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 97th in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 40th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,905 which represents a 562% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $38 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,383.
College of the Desert doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Palm Desert area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $16,580.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,080.
Off-campus students should budget for $4,642 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to College of the Desert is $23,685 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $31,245. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $6,626.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 IPEDS survey response for College of the Desert and represent reported costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.
|California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)||$23,685|
|Off-Campus Housing Budget||$16,580|
|Off-Campus Other Budget||$4,642|
|Books and Supplies||$1,080|
|California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)||$6,626|
|Family Provided Room and Board||$0|
|With-Family Other Living Budget||$4,163|
|Books and Supplies||$1,080|
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Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,685 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 College of the Desert net price for in-state students is $14,476* for the 2019/2020 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
93% of College of the Desert students received grant aid in 2019/2020. The average total aid amount was $4,937. 61 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,838. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of the Desert, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$14,476*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||93%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$4,937|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||61%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,838|
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 2019/2020 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$12,016|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$12,341|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$14,851|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$15,977|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,685. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, College of the Desert or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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 2019/2020 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. College of the Desert|
|Copper Mountain Community College||17.9% less expensive|
|Mt. San Jacinto Community College District||2.6% more expensive|
|Crafton Hills College||17.9% less expensive|
|Moreno Valley College||2.6% more expensive|
|Riverside City College||2.6% more expensive|
Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at College of the Desert.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at College of the Desert is $47,370 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 $8,215 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $16,430**
**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 2019/2020 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.
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 College of the Desert.
|California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$672|
|California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$11,842|
|Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$4,452|
|Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$15,622|
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 College of the Desert 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 California residents||$46|
|Cost for one class for California residents (3 credit hours)||$138|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$259|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$777|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$1,036|
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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. 0% of College of the Desert students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $0.
How much are student loan payments for College of the Desert? 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 $16,430, 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 $19,709.47. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of the Desert. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,215. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of the Desert 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||$164.25|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$3,279.47|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$19,709.47|
Can I afford to attend College of the Desert? 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 College of the Desert, 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 $19,709.47 would be needed to afford a $164.25 monthly payment in the example $16,430.00 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 College of the Desert in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,288 to $1,345. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.9%. 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 $47,370.00. 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 College of the Desert.
|Annual||2 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2028||$30,984||$61,969|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2033||$39,545||$79,090|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2038||$50,470||$100,941|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2041||$58,426||$116,852|
What was tuition at College of the Desert 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.
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College of the Desert is a two year community college located in Palm Desert, California. Full time enrollment is 4,197 and part time is 6,735. College of the Desert 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 College of the Desert at CollegeSimply.
Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.Address
College of the Desert 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.
College of the Desert cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=113573 IPEDS survey data. Data last updated February 2022 and reflects academic year 2020/2021 costs reported by the school.