Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Orange Coast College tuition is $1,104 per year for in-state residents. This is 70% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,957 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 21st in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 116th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,896 which represents a 615% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $82 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,186.

Housing Costs

Orange Coast 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 Costa 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 $13,779.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,917.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,221 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Orange Coast College is $21,103 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $27,895. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,468.

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

Costs and Tuition for Orange Coast College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$21,103
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$82
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,779
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,221
   Books and Supplies$1,917
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,468
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$82
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,365
   Books and Supplies$1,917


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 $21,103 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 Orange Coast College net price for in-state students is $5,533* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

54% of Orange Coast College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,288. 38 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 $4,543. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Orange Coast College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Orange Coast College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,533*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid54%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,288
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,543

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$3,641
$30,001 to $48,000$4,816
$48,001 to $75,000$7,215
$75,001 to $110,000n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,103 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,103. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 31% - $5,288

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $4,494

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

Out of Pocket

 42% -  $7,100

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. Orange Coast College
Coastline Community College0% less expensive
Golden West College0% less expensive
Santa Ana College0% less expensive
Irvine Valley College0% less expensive
Cypress 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 Orange Coast 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 Orange Coast College is $42,206 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 $6,540 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,080**

**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 Orange Coast College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$552
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,552
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,948
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,948

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 Orange Coast 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 Orange Coast 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$329
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$987
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,316


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 Orange Coast College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,494.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Orange Coast 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 $13,080, 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 $16,229.28. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Orange Coast College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 54% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,540. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Orange Coast 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.

Orange Coast College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$135.24
Amount Borrowed$13,080.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,149.28
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$16,229.28

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Orange Coast 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 Orange Coast 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 $16,229.28 would be needed to afford a $135.24 monthly payment in the example $13,080.00 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 Orange Coast 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 $42,206.00. 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 Orange Coast College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$27,607$55,213
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$35,234$70,468
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $44,968$89,937
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $52,057$104,113

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Orange Coast 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 460 26% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 89 42% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 89 26% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 66 50% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 63 29% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 60 29% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Associate's Degree 55 31% costlier
Health Professions Associate's Degree 51 21% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 39 43% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 36 43% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Associate's Degree 29 24% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 29 44% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 27 44% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 27 43% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 25 41% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 25 43% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 24 44% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 22 44% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 21 35% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 20 44% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 19 41% costlier
Anthropology Associate's Degree 17 26% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Associate's Degree 15 38% costlier
Computer Graphics Associate's Degree 15 31% costlier
Architectural Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 30% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 14 33% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 13 51% costlier
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 12 28% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 11 37% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 11 43% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 10 49% costlier
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Associate's Degree 10 19% costlier
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 9 9% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 9 38% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 9 41% costlier
Economics, General Associate's Degree 9 25% costlier
Airline Flight Attendant Associate's Degree 9 28% costlier
Journalism Associate's Degree 8 43% costlier
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 8 31% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 8 50% costlier
Building Construction Technology Associate's Degree 8 43% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 7 41% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 7 45% costlier
Dance, General Associate's Degree 6 28% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 6 34% costlier
Philosophy Associate's Degree 5 31% costlier
Geography Associate's Degree 5 31% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 5 27% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 5 43% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 5 34% costlier
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 38% costlier
Physical Fitness Technician Associate's Degree 5 23% costlier
Dietetic Technician Associate's Degree 5 39% costlier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 37% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 4 23% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 4 51% costlier
Advertising Associate's Degree 4 9% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 41% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 38% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 3 53% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 3 27% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 2 57% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 2 56% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree 2 31% costlier
Retail Management Associate's Degree 2 35% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Associate's Degree 2 34% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations Associate's Degree 1 23% costlier
Human Services Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 1 45% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 48% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 1 39% costlier


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About Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College is a two year community college located in Costa Mesa, California.  Full time enrollment is 7,806 and part time is 13,316.  Orange Coast 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 Orange Coast College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Orange Coast 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.

Orange Coast College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=120342 IPEDS survey data.