Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Grossmont College tuition is $1,334 per year for in-state residents. This is 62% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 66% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,963 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 93rd in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 44th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,144 which represents a 436% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $52 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,386.

Housing Costs

Grossmont 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 El Cajon area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $11,300.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,700.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,000 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Grossmont College is $18,386 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $24,196. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $6,786.

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

Costs and Tuition for Grossmont College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$18,386
   In-State Tuition$1,334
   Other Fees$52
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$11,300
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,000
   Books and Supplies$1,700
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$6,786
   In-State Tuition$1,334
   Other Fees$52
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,700
   Books and Supplies$1,700


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 $18,386 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 Grossmont College net price for in-state students is $3,041* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of Grossmont College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,132. 43 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 $4,173. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Grossmont College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Grossmont College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$3,041*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,132
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants43%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,173

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$765
$30,001 to $48,000$2,059
$48,001 to $75,000$3,620
$75,001 to $110,000$5,464

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,386 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,386. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $4,132

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $2,936

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

Out of Pocket

 51% -  $7,318

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. Grossmont College
Cuyamaca College0% less expensive
San Diego Mesa College17.2% less expensive
San Diego Miramar College17.2% less expensive
San Diego City College17.2% less expensive
Southwestern College3.4% 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 Grossmont 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 Grossmont College is $36,772 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 $2,837 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $5,674**

**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 Grossmont College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$667
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,193
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,572
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,098

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 Grossmont 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 Grossmont College
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$280
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$840
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,120


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. 3% of Grossmont College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $2,936.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Grossmont 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 $5,674, 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 $7,040.13. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Grossmont College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,837. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Grossmont 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.

Grossmont College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$58.67
Amount Borrowed$5,674.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,366.13
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$7,040.13

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Grossmont 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 Grossmont 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 $7,040.13 would be needed to afford a $58.67 monthly payment in the example $5,674.00 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 Grossmont College in the future? 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 $36,772.00. 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 Grossmont College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$24,052$48,105
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$30,698$61,395
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $39,179$78,358
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $45,354$90,709

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Grossmont 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 252 9% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 223 10% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 114 12% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 92 20% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 56 12% costlier
Forensic Science and Technology Associate's Degree 38 34% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 34 25% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 28 25% costlier
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 26 11% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 25 25% costlier
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 23 14% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 19 23% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Associate's Degree 16 7% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 14 25% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 12 22% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 11 10% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 11 15% costlier
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate's Degree 9 13% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 9 10% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 8 20% costlier
Creative Writing Associate's Degree 8 19% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Associate's Degree 7 13% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 7 6% costlier
Corrections Associate's Degree 6 38% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 6 26% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 6 28% costlier
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other Associate's Degree 6 7% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Associate's Degree 5 27% costlier
Arabic Language and Literature Associate's Degree 5 20% costlier
Geography Associate's Degree 4 13% costlier
German Language and Literature Associate's Degree 4 3% cheaper
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 4 15% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Drawing Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
French Language and Literature Associate's Degree 4 3% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 4 20% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 4 33% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 3 13% costlier
Homeland Security Associate's Degree 3 63% costlier
Economics, General Associate's Degree 3 9% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 3 17% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 3 17% costlier
Ethnic Studies Associate's Degree 2 10% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 2 22% costlier
Dance, General Associate's Degree 2 11% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 31% costlier
Philosophy Associate's Degree 2 14% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 1 30% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Associate's Degree 1 3% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 1 24% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 1 24% costlier
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier


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About Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a two year community college located in El Cajon, California.  Full time enrollment is 6,418 and part time is 12,080.  Grossmont 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.

Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Grossmont 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.

Grossmont College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=115296 IPEDS survey data.