Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Solano Community 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 54th in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 83rd most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,288 which represents a 470% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $36 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,140.

Housing Costs

Solano Community 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 Fairfield 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 $4,506 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Solano College is $20,793 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $25,977. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,770.

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

Costs and Tuition for Solano Community College
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,793
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$36
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$13,293
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,506
   Books and Supplies$1,854
California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,770
   In-State Tuition$1,104
   Other Fees$36
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,776
   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 $20,793 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 Solano College net price for in-state students is $8,405* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of Solano Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,098. 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 $4,242. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Solano Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Solano Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,405*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,098
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,242

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$6,798
$30,001 to $48,000$7,188
$48,001 to $75,000$8,636
$75,001 to $110,000$10,682

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,793 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,793. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $4,098

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

Federal Loans

 38% - $6,244

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $5,945

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. Solano Community College
Napa Valley College0% less expensive
Diablo Valley College16.7% more expensive
Contra Costa College16.7% more expensive
Los Medanos College16.7% more expensive
Berkeley City 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 Solano Community 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 Solano College is $41,586 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 $8,388 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $16,776**

**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 Solano Community College.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$552
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,396
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,144
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,988

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 Solano Community 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 Solano Community 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$216
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$648
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$864


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. 4% of Solano Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,244.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Solano Community 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 $16,776, 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 $20,815.17. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Solano Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,388. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Solano Community 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.

Solano Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$173.46
Amount Borrowed$16,776.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,039.17
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$20,815.17

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Solano 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 Solano Community 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 $20,815.17 would be needed to afford a $173.46 monthly payment in the example $16,776.00 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 Solano Community 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 $41,586.00. 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 Solano Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,201$54,402
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,716$69,433
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $44,308$88,616
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $51,292$102,584

Tuition History

What was tuition at Solano 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$6,990 48.4%
2011$728$5,796 -10.8%
2010$816$6,546 28.3%
2009$636$6,066 -0.2%
2008$637$5,827 -20.8%
2007$804$5,604 -1.6%
2006$817$5,347 0%
2005$817$5,287 41.6%
2004$577$4,759 91.7%
2003$301$3,517 3.4%
2002$291$3,507 0%
2001$291$3,243 -4%
2000$303$3,252 -1.3%
1999$307$3,307 -7.3%
1998$331$3,331 1.5%
1997$326$3,254 0%
1996$326$3,254 0%
1995$326$3,484 0%
1994$326$3,062 35.8%
1993$240$2,808 81.8%
1992$132$2,712 32%
1991$100$2,352 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Solano Community 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 249 17% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 206 20% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 142 18% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 70 29% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 50 20% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 27 32% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 26 34% costlier
Human Services, General Associate's Degree 18 18% costlier
Corrections Associate's Degree 17 48% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 30% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 10 33% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 10 40% costlier
Biomedical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 30% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 9 31% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 8 32% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 8 24% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 6 29% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 6 51% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 6 34% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 6 34% costlier
French Language and Literature Associate's Degree 5 11% costlier
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 5 24% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 5 34% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Associate's Degree 5 21% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 4 33% costlier
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree 4 25% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 29% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 3 31% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 3 33% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 31% costlier
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 2 42% costlier
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 41% costlier
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 2 42% costlier
Ethnic Studies Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier
Physical Fitness Technician Associate's Degree 2 15% costlier
Journalism Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 2 26% costlier
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 2 17% costlier
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 34% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Associate's Degree 1 30% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 1 24% costlier
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 1 39% costlier
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Associate's Degree 1 36% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier
Small Business Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 30% costlier
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 37% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About Solano Community College

Solano Community College is a two year community college located in Fairfield, California.  Full time enrollment is 3,020 and part time is 6,716.  Solano Community 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.

Solano Community College
4000 Suisun Valley Rd
Fairfield, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Solano Community 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.

Solano Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123563 IPEDS survey data.