Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Triton College tuition is $3,540 per year for in-district residents. This is 21% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 28% cheaper than the average Illinois in-district tuition of $5,134 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 31st in Illinois amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 26th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $480 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,726.

Housing Costs

Triton 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 River Grove area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,492.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,440.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,056 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Triton College is $15,008 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $20,714. Out-of-state students who don't possess Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $23,064. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $14,222.

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

Costs and Tuition for Triton College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,008
   In-District Tuition$3,540
   Other Fees$480
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,056
   Books and Supplies$1,440
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,492
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,516
   In-District Tuition$3,540
   Other Fees$480
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,056
   Books and Supplies$1,440
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,714
   In-State Tuition$9,246
   Other Fees$480
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,492
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,056
   Books and Supplies$1,440
Illinois Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,222
   In-State Tuition$9,246
   Other Fees$480
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,056
   Books and Supplies$1,440


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 $20,714 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 Triton College net price for in-state students is $4,977* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of Triton College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,796. 51 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 $4,152. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Triton College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Triton College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,977*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,796
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants51%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,152

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$4,216
$30,001 to $48,000$5,361
$48,001 to $75,000$7,969
$75,001 to $110,000$9,384

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,714 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,714. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,796

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $3,885

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

Out of Pocket

 51% -  $8,977

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. Triton College
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College12.1% less expensive
Morton College25.2% less expensive
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College12.1% less expensive
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College12.1% less expensive
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College12.1% 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 Triton 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 Triton College is $41,428 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 $4,024 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $8,048**

**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 Triton College.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,623
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,357
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,798
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,532

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 Triton 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 Triton College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$93
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$279
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$244
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$732
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$306
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$918
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,224


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 Triton College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,885.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Triton 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 $8,048, 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 $9,985.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Triton 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 $4,024. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Triton 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.

Triton College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$83.21
Amount Borrowed$8,048.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,937.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$9,985.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Triton 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 Triton 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 $9,985.72 would be needed to afford a $83.21 monthly payment in the example $8,048.00 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 Triton College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,680 to $9,246. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.1%. 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 $41,428.00. 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 Triton College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$27,098$54,196
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$34,584$69,169
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $44,139$88,279
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $51,097$102,194

Tuition History

What was tuition at Triton 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$7,314$9,173 5%
2011$6,966$8,730 16.6%
2010$5,974$7,400 8.7%
2009$5,494$6,920 0.2%
2008$5,484$6,910 0%
2007$5,484$6,910 0%
2006$5,484$6,910 0%
2005$5,484$6,909 15.8%
2004$4,734$5,957 -0%
2003$4,735$5,957 5.3%
2002$4,497$6,710 -5.3%
2001$4,750$7,018 8.1%
2000$4,394$6,360 10.9%
1999$3,962$6,033 7.8%
1998$3,676$5,781 -5.1%
1997$3,875$5,847 -5%
1996$4,078$5,989 4.1%
1995$3,917$5,669 0.6%
1994$3,894$5,762 5.4%
1993$3,693$5,637 0.3%
1992$3,683$5,525 7.8%
1991$3,415$5,104 -0.9%
1990$3,446$4,936 3.5%
1989$3,331$4,837 13.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Triton 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 207 4% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 150 7% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 130 9% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 64 14% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 32 26% costlier
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 32 38% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 30 18% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 28 19% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 24 9% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 23 18% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 19 7% costlier
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Associate's Degree 17 17% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 16 26% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 13 10% costlier
Construction Management Associate's Degree 12 19% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 12 15% costlier
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 11 19% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 10 14% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 31% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 8 17% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 8 22% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 7 5% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 7 13% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 5% costlier
Restaurant/Food Services Management Associate's Degree 6 6% cheaper
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Associate's Degree 5 20% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 3 10% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 2 4% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 20% costlier
Ornamental Horticulture Associate's Degree 1 5% costlier
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 1 22% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier
Financial Planning and Services Associate's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 17% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier


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About Triton College

Triton College is a two year community college located in River Grove, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 3,258 and part time is 8,128.  Triton 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 Triton College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Triton College
2000 5th Ave
River Grove, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Triton 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.

Triton College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149532 IPEDS survey data.