Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Hartnell College tuition is $1,400 per year for in-state residents. This is 61% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 65% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,957 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 111st in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 26th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,650 which represents a 446% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $20 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,420.

Housing Costs

Hartnell 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 Salinas area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $13,293.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,854.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,239 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Hartnell College is $20,806 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $27,056. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,648.

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

Costs and Tuition for Hartnell College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,806
   In-State Tuition$1,400
   Other Fees$20
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,293
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,239
   Books and Supplies$1,854
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,648
   In-State Tuition$1,400
   Other Fees$20
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,374
   Books and Supplies$1,854


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 $20,806 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 Hartnell College net price for in-state students is $10,206* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of Hartnell College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,442. 57 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 $4,389. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Hartnell College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Hartnell College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,206*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,442
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,389

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$7,759
$30,001 to $48,000$8,772
$48,001 to $75,000$10,776
$75,001 to $110,000$11,353

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,806 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,806. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,442

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

Federal Loans

 0% - $0

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

Out of Pocket

 73% -  $12,125

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. Hartnell College
Monterey Peninsula College21.1% less expensive
Gavilan College21.1% less expensive
Cabrillo College21.1% less expensive
Evergreen Valley College6.2% less expensive
West Valley College21.1% 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 Hartnell 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 Hartnell College is $41,612 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 $9,389 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $18,778**

**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 Hartnell College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$700
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,403
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,825
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,528

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 Hartnell 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 Hartnell 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$200
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$600
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$800


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. 0% of Hartnell College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $0.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Hartnell 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 $18,778, 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 $23,299.19. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Hartnell College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,389. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Hartnell 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.

Hartnell College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$194.16
Amount Borrowed$18,778.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,521.19
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$23,299.19

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Hartnell 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 Hartnell 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 $23,299.19 would be needed to afford a $194.16 monthly payment in the example $18,778.00 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 Hartnell College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,380 to $1,400. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.3%. 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 $41,612.00. 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 Hartnell College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$27,218$54,436
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$34,738$69,476
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $44,336$88,671
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $51,324$102,648

Tuition History

What was tuition at Hartnell 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$1,080$5,520 46.7%
2011$736$5,670 -6.6%
2010$788$5,816 29.6%
2009$608$5,438 0%
2008$608$5,888 -12.9%
2007$698$5,468 -11.4%
2006$788$5,498 0%
2005$788$5,258 43.8%
2004$548$5,018 62.1%
2003$338$4,568 0%
2002$338$4,028 0%
2001$338$3,998 0%
2000$338$3,998 -8.2%
1999$368$3,758 -7.5%
1998$398$3,398 0%
1997$398$3,788 2.1%
1996$390$3,600 25%
1995$312$2,640 -20%
1994$390$3,180 225%
1993$120$2,640 6.2%
1992$113$2,525 13%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Hartnell 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 240 22% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 32 34% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 30 40% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 24 25% costlier
Psychology, Other Associate's Degree 22 31% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 18 37% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 15 37% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 8 38% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 7 45% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 7 58% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 6 40% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 6 36% costlier
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 5 41% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 4 37% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 4 33% costlier
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager Associate's Degree 4 29% costlier
Corrections Associate's Degree 3 54% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 3 45% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 3 39% costlier
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 2 58% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 2 34% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 30% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 2 39% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 2 23% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 1 39% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Associate's Degree 1 52% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 1 46% costlier
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 1 41% costlier


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About Hartnell College

Hartnell College is a two year community college located in Salinas, California.  Full time enrollment is 3,472 and part time is 8,856.  Hartnell 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 Hartnell College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Hartnell College
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Hartnell 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.

Hartnell College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=115393 IPEDS survey data.