Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Metropolitan Community College Area tuition is $2,880 per year for in-state residents. This is 21% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 49% cheaper than the average Nebraska tuition of $5,611 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Nebraska amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 9th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,320 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $225 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,105.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $6,255 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Omaha should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,350.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $0 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,250 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Nebraska residents to go to Metropolitan Community College Area is $10,710 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Nebraska residence can expect a one year cost of $12,150.

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

Costs and Tuition for Metropolitan Community College Area
Estimated Budgets
Nebraska Resident Total Budget $10,710
   In-State Tuition$2,880
   Other Fees$225
   Room and Board$6,255
   On-Campus Other Budget$0
   Books and Supplies$1,350


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 $10,710 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 Metropolitan Community College Area net price for in-state students is $6,423* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

59% of Metropolitan Community College Area students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,513. 41 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 $3,684. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Metropolitan Community College Area, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Metropolitan Community College Area
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,423*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid59%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,513
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,684

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$5,525
$30,001 to $48,000$5,953
$48,001 to $75,000$7,427
$75,001 to $110,000$9,189

Average Financial Aid Mix - $10,710 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $10,710. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $3,513

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $3,345

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $3,852

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. Metropolitan Community College Area
Iowa Western Community College87.8% more expensive
Southeast Community College Area5.5% more expensive
Nebraska Indian Community College41.7% more expensive
Southwestern Community College90.9% more expensive
Western Iowa Tech Community College24.2% more 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 Metropolitan Community College Area.

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 Metropolitan Community College Area is $21,420 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 $7,345 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $14,690**

**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

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 Metropolitan Community College Area 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 Metropolitan Community College Area
Price per credit hour for Nebraska residents$69
Cost for one class for Nebraska residents (3 credit hours)$207
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$101
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$303
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$404


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. 23% of Metropolitan Community College Area students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,345.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Metropolitan Community College Area? 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 $14,690, 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 $18,226.92. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Metropolitan Community College Area. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 59% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,345. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Metropolitan Community College Area 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.

Metropolitan Community College Area Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$151.89
Amount Borrowed$14,690.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,536.92
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$18,226.92

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Metropolitan Community College Area? 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 Metropolitan Community College Area, 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 $18,226.92 would be needed to afford a $151.89 monthly payment in the example $14,690.00 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 Metropolitan Community College Area in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,295 to $2,880. 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 $21,420.00. 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 Metropolitan Community College Area.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$14,011$28,021
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$17,882$35,763
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $22,822$45,644
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $26,419$52,839

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Metropolitan Community College Area 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 188 47% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 185 45% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 97 40% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 93 44% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 71 37% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 46 45% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 36 33% cheaper
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Associate's Degree 34 39% cheaper
Lineworker Associate's Degree 34 24% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 33 39% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 31 40% cheaper
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 31 41% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 25 40% cheaper
Electrician Associate's Degree 20 32% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 18 35% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 17 39% cheaper
Commercial Photography Associate's Degree 16 34% cheaper
Construction Trades Associate's Degree 14 27% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 14 37% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 33% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 10 29% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 10 40% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 10 42% cheaper
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other Associate's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 10 39% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 31% cheaper
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Associate's Degree 9 22% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 8 34% cheaper
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 34% cheaper
Human Services Associate's Degree 7 45% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 7 36% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 6 36% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 33% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 4 33% cheaper
Engineering Science Associate's Degree 3 43% cheaper
Health Professions Associate's Degree 3 47% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 39% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 2 39% cheaper
Construction Trades, Other Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Associate's Degree 1 42% cheaper


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About Metropolitan Community College Area

Metropolitan Community College Area is a two year community college located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Full time enrollment is 5,263 and part time is 9,650.  Metropolitan Community College Area 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 Metropolitan Community College Area at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street
Omaha, Nebraska

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Metropolitan Community College Area 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.

Metropolitan Community College Area cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=181303 IPEDS survey data.