Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Sierra College tuition is $1,104 per year for in-state residents. This is 69% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,963 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 51st in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 86th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,168 which represents a 459% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $38 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,142.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,400 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Rocklin should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,224.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,096 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,096 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Sierra College is $13,862 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $18,926.

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

Costs and Tuition for Sierra College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $13,862
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$38
   Room and Board$7,400
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,096
   Books and Supplies$2,224


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 $13,862 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 Sierra College net price for in-state students is $8,759* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of Sierra College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,473. 40 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 $4,372. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Sierra College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Sierra College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,759*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,473
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,372

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$7,364
$30,001 to $48,000$8,287
$48,001 to $75,000$10,082
$75,001 to $110,000$12,348

Average Financial Aid Mix - $13,862 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $13,862. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 42% - $4,473

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

Federal Loans

 51% - $5,443

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

Out of Pocket

 8% -  $850

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. Sierra College
Folsom Lake College100% less expensive
American River College100% less expensive
Sacramento City College100% less expensive
Cosumnes River College100% less expensive
Yuba 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 Sierra 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 Sierra College is $27,724 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 $8,927 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $17,854**

**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 Sierra College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$552
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,931
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,084
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,463

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 Sierra 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 Sierra 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$278
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$834
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,112


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. 6% of Sierra College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,443.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Sierra 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 $17,854, 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 $22,152.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Sierra College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 57% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,927. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Sierra 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.

Sierra College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$184.61
Amount Borrowed$17,854.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,298.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$22,152.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Sierra 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 Sierra 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 $22,152.72 would be needed to afford a $184.61 monthly payment in the example $17,854.00 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 Sierra 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 $27,724.00. 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 Sierra College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$18,134$36,268
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$23,144$46,288
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $29,539$59,077
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $34,195$68,389

Tuition History

What was tuition at Sierra 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$864$5,300 38.5%
2011$624$5,184 -6.6%
2010$668$5,084 28.5%
2009$520$4,864 0%
2008$520$4,672 0.4%
2007$518$4,358 -31.3%
2006$754$4,926 0%
2005$754$4,926 42.8%
2004$528$4,004 48.3%
2003$356$4,376 0%
2002$356$4,376 0%
2001$356$4,376 0%
2000$356$4,376 23.6%
1999$288$3,288 -6.8%
1998$309$3,182 -6.9%
1997$332$3,020 1.5%
1996$327$3,207 0%
1995$327$3,207 0%
1994$327$3,063 45.3%
1993$225$3,135 81.5%
1992$124$2,827 117.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Sierra 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 466 15% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 262 12% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 218 9% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 189 12% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 91 2% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 91 3% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 86 2% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 47 6% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 37 6% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 36 14% cheaper
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 34 15% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 31 4% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 28 2% cheaper
Corrections Associate's Degree 26 8% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 25 6% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 25 14% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 21 2% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 4% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 15 3% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 14 5% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 13 3% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate's Degree 13 2% costlier
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate's Degree 12 12% cheaper
History, General Associate's Degree 10 2% cheaper
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 9 15% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 6% costlier
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 7 1% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 7 5% cheaper
Music, General Associate's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 6 4% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Building Construction Technology Associate's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Associate's Degree 5 19% cheaper
Philosophy Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Small Business Administration/Management Associate's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 4% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 3 0% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Apparel and Textile Manufacture Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 3 2% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 2% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Women's Studies Associate's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Associate's Degree 1 3% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 0% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Cabinetmaking and Millwork Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier


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About Sierra College

Sierra College is a two year community college located in Rocklin, California.  Full time enrollment is 6,482 and part time is 11,351.  Sierra 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.

Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Sierra 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.

Sierra College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123341 IPEDS survey data.