Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Grand Rapids Community College tuition is $3,028 per year for in-district residents. This is 11% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 6% cheaper than the average Michigan in-district tuition of $3,604 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 21st in Michigan amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 12th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $459 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,945.

Housing Costs

Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,820.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $965.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,230 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Grand Rapids Community College is $14,502 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $17,960. Out-of-state students who don't possess Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $21,096. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $11,140.

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

Costs and Tuition for Grand Rapids Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$14,502
   In-District Tuition$3,028
   Other Fees$459
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,230
   Books and Supplies$965
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,820
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,682
   In-District Tuition$3,028
   Other Fees$459
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,230
   Books and Supplies$965
Michigan Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,960
   In-State Tuition$6,486
   Other Fees$459
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$6,820
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,230
   Books and Supplies$965
Michigan Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$11,140
   In-State Tuition$6,486
   Other Fees$459
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,230
   Books and Supplies$965


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 $17,960 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 Grand Rapids Community College net price for in-state students is $4,272* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of Grand Rapids Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,343. 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 $3,964. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Grand Rapids Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Grand Rapids Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,272*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,343
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants51%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,964

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$3,412
$30,001 to $48,000$4,010
$48,001 to $75,000$6,461
$75,001 to $110,000$8,163

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,960 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,960. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $4,343

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $3,735

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $6,652

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. Grand Rapids Community College
Muskegon Community College20.9% more expensive
Montcalm Community College5.6% less expensive
Kalamazoo Valley Community College16.5% less expensive
Kellogg Community College13.8% less expensive
Lansing Community College4.7% 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids Community College is $35,920 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 $2,981 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $5,962**

**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 Grand Rapids Community College.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,243
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,980
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,811
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,548

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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$113
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$339
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$242
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$726
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$359
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,077
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,436


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. 38% of Grand Rapids Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,735.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Grand Rapids 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 $5,962, 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 $7,397.47. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Grand Rapids Community 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 $2,981. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Grand Rapids 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.

Grand Rapids Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$61.65
Amount Borrowed$5,962.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,435.47
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$7,397.47

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Grand Rapids Community 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 Grand Rapids 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 $7,397.47 would be needed to afford a $61.65 monthly payment in the example $5,962.00 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 Grand Rapids Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,160 to $6,486. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 $35,920.00. 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 Grand Rapids Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$23,495$46,990
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$29,986$59,973
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $38,271$76,542
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $44,303$88,607

Tuition History

What was tuition at Grand Rapids Community 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$5,028$7,524 6.9%
2011$4,704$7,032 2.2%
2010$4,604$6,692 8.3%
2009$4,252$6,172 9.9%
2008$3,868$5,548 10.3%
2007$3,508$4,948 -8.9%
2006$3,850$5,350 43.1%
2005$2,690$3,650 74.1%
2004$1,545$1,995 -18.9%
2003$1,905$2,348 -29.7%
2002$2,710$3,130 2.3%
2001$2,650$3,070 2.3%
2000$2,590$2,950 1.6%
1999$2,550$2,910 1.2%
1998$2,520$2,850 2.4%
1997$2,460$2,790 3.8%
1996$2,370$2,790 5.3%
1995$2,250$2,730 4.2%
1994$2,160$2,640 15.5%
1993$1,870$2,290 0%
1992$1,870$2,290 0%
1991$1,870$2,290 8.1%
1990$1,730$2,120 0%
1989$1,730$2,120 3.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Grand Rapids 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 636 5% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 94 5% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 94 2% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 83 4% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 48 18% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 43 3% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 42 7% costlier
Social Work Associate's Degree 38 16% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 37 9% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 35 0% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 35 16% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 32 8% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 31 8% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 28 8% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 25 22% costlier
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 25 8% costlier
Juvenile Corrections Associate's Degree 25 1% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 23 8% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 19 2% costlier
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 19 21% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 19 12% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 20% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 18 4% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 18 5% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 15% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 16 12% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 7% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 14 6% costlier
Corrections Associate's Degree 14 20% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 13 13% costlier
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 13 10% costlier
Physical Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 13 31% costlier
Architectural Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 1% cheaper
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 12 7% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Associate's Degree 11 31% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 10 6% costlier
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 10 21% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 9 2% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 9 15% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 9 0% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 8 9% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 8 14% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 8 13% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 7 14% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 7 9% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 7 9% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 6% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Associate's Degree 6 40% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 5 12% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 5 8% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Associate's Degree 5 31% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 4% costlier
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Associate's Degree 5 18% costlier
Pre-Law Studies Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 4 10% costlier
Quality Control Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 21% costlier
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant Associate's Degree 4 15% costlier
Architecture Associate's Degree 4 36% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 4 4% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 3 6% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Associate's Degree 3 44% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 3 16% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 3 5% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 3 13% costlier
Journalism Associate's Degree 3 8% costlier
Environmental Science Associate's Degree 2 11% costlier
Voice and Opera Associate's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 2 8% costlier
Design and Applied Arts, Other Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Music Management Associate's Degree 2 8% costlier
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Associate's Degree 2 10% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 2 12% costlier
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 1 3% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 1 9% costlier
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Associate's Degree 1 20% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Associate's Degree 1 12% costlier
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Forestry, General Associate's Degree 1 32% costlier
Library and Information Science Associate's Degree 1 37% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Associate's Degree 1 15% costlier


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About Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Community College is a two year community college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 4,321 and part time is 10,143.  Grand Rapids 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. Learn more about Grand Rapids Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Grand Rapids 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.

Grand Rapids Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170055 IPEDS survey data.