Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

College of Southern Maryland tuition is $3,000 per year for in-district residents. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 20% cheaper than the average Maryland in-district tuition of $3,727 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Maryland amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 11th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,198 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,406.

Housing Costs

College of Southern Maryland doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the La Plata area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,992.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,154.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,205 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to CSM is $19,549 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $21,757. Out-of-state students who don't possess Maryland residence can expect a one year cost of $23,269. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $11,765.

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

Costs and Tuition for College of Southern Maryland
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,549
   In-District Tuition$3,000
   Other Fees$1,198
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,205
   Books and Supplies$1,154
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,992
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,557
   In-District Tuition$3,000
   Other Fees$1,198
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,205
   Books and Supplies$1,154
Maryland Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$21,757
   In-State Tuition$5,208
   Other Fees$1,198
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,992
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,205
   Books and Supplies$1,154
Maryland Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$11,765
   In-State Tuition$5,208
   Other Fees$1,198
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,205
   Books and Supplies$1,154


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 $21,757 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 CSM net price for in-state students is $8,029* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

39% of College of Southern Maryland students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,444. 31 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 $4,691. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of Southern Maryland, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for College of Southern Maryland
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,029*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid39%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,444
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants31%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,691

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$6,527
$30,001 to $48,000$7,220
$48,001 to $75,000$9,676
$75,001 to $110,000$11,762

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,757 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,757. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $4,444

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

Federal Loans

 28% - $4,829

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

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $8,279

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. College of Southern Maryland
Northern Virginia Community College3.1% less expensive
Prince George's Community College6.9% less expensive
Montgomery College45.7% more expensive
Anne Arundel Community College22.1% more expensive
Germanna Community College17.8% 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 College of Southern Maryland.

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 CSM is $43,514 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 $8,044 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $16,088**

**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 College of Southern Maryland.

Maryland Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,604
Maryland Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,878
Non-Maryland Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,360
Non-Maryland Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,634

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 College of Southern Maryland 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 College of Southern Maryland
Price per credit hour for in district residents$125
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$375
Price per credit hour for Maryland residents$217
Cost for one class for Maryland residents (3 credit hours)$651
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$280
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$840
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,120


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. 14% of College of Southern Maryland students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,829.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for College of Southern Maryland? 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 $16,088, 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 $19,961.52. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of Southern Maryland. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 39% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,044. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of Southern Maryland 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.

College of Southern Maryland Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$166.35
Amount Borrowed$16,088.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,873.52
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$19,961.52

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CSM? 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 College of Southern Maryland, 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 $19,961.52 would be needed to afford a $166.35 monthly payment in the example $16,088.00 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 College of Southern Maryland in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,608 to $5,208. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.6%. 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 $43,514.00. 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 College of Southern Maryland.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$28,462$56,925
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$36,326$72,652
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $46,362$92,724
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $53,670$107,340

Tuition History

What was tuition at CSM 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$4,440$5,736 1.1%
2011$4,392$5,688 -14.5%
2010$5,136$6,642 1.7%
2009$5,048$6,524 6.9%
2008$4,723$6,019 0%
2007$4,723$6,019 2.5%
2006$4,608$5,789 4.6%
2005$4,406$5,587 2%
2004$4,320$5,760 0%
2003$4,320$5,760 3.4%
2002$4,176$5,558 -20.5%
2001$5,256$6,840 -13.1%
2000$6,048$9,072 0%
1999$6,048$9,072 29.2%
1998$4,680$7,020 6.6%
1997$4,392$6,588 43.1%
1996$3,070$4,534 4.9%
1995$2,926$4,318 12.2%
1994$2,608$3,856 1.4%
1993$2,573$3,773 10.9%
1992$2,320$3,288 1.9%
1991$2,276$3,084 15.2%
1990$1,976$2,936 7.9%
1989$1,832$2,720 -13.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at College of Southern Maryland 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, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 271 1% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 155 5% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 84 15% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 83 5% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 34 19% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 26 21% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 23 8% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 20 30% costlier
Education, General Associate's Degree 16 23% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 16 10% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 16 24% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 9 17% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 9 25% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 9 15% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 8 28% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 6 27% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 6 16% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 5 19% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 5 22% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 19% costlier
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 5 28% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 5 25% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 3 11% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Associate's Degree 1 2% costlier


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About College of Southern Maryland

College of Southern Maryland is a two year community college located in La Plata, Maryland.  Full time enrollment is 2,945 and part time is 4,734.  College of Southern Maryland 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.

College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
La Plata, Maryland

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

College of Southern Maryland 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.

College of Southern Maryland cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=162122 IPEDS survey data.