Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Truckee Meadows Community College tuition is $2,850 per year for in-state residents. This is 29% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 0% more expensive than the average Nevada tuition of $2,588 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Nevada amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,628 which represents a 238% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $225 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,075.

Housing Costs

Truckee Meadows 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 Reno area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,065.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $5,476 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Nevada residents to go to Truckee Meadows Community College is $18,816 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Nevada residence can expect a one year cost of $25,594. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,292.

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

Costs and Tuition for Truckee Meadows Community College
Estimated Budgets
Nevada Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$18,816
   In-State Tuition$2,850
   Other Fees$225
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,065
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,476
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Nevada Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,292
   In-State Tuition$2,850
   Other Fees$225
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,017
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $18,816 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 Truckee Meadows Community College net price for in-state students is $8,980* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of Truckee Meadows Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,745. 47 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 $4,325. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Truckee Meadows Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Truckee Meadows Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,980*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,745
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants47%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,325

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$6,346
$30,001 to $48,000$6,020
$48,001 to $75,000$9,728
$75,001 to $110,000$12,311

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,816 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,816. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $3,745

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

Federal Loans

 39% - $5,268

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

Out of Pocket

 32% -  $4,327

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. Truckee Meadows Community College
Lake Tahoe Community College57.6% less expensive
Feather River Community College District51.6% less expensive
Lassen Community College61.3% less expensive
Sierra College61.3% less expensive
Folsom Lake College100% 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 Truckee Meadows 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 Truckee Meadows Community College is $37,632 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 $8,312 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $16,624**

**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 Truckee Meadows Community College.

Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,425
Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,408
Non-Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,814
Non-Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,797

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 Truckee Meadows 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 Truckee Meadows Community College
Price per credit hour for Nevada residents$95
Cost for one class for Nevada residents (3 credit hours)$285
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$200
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$600
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$800


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. 12% of Truckee Meadows Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,268.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Truckee Meadows 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 $16,624, 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 $20,626.57. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Truckee Meadows Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,312. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Truckee Meadows 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.

Truckee Meadows Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$171.89
Amount Borrowed$16,624.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,002.57
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$20,626.57

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Truckee Meadows 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 Truckee Meadows 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 $20,626.57 would be needed to afford a $171.89 monthly payment in the example $16,624.00 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 Truckee Meadows Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,265 to $2,850. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.2%. 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 $37,632.00. 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 Truckee Meadows Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,615$49,230
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$31,416$62,831
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $40,095$80,190
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $46,415$92,830

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Truckee Meadows 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 550 15% costlier
Science, Technology and Society Associate's Degree 119 59% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 106 21% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 70 27% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 24 33% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 17 28% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 15 21% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 14 31% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 13 26% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 12 26% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 12 26% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 11 16% costlier
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 11 21% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 10 32% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 9 29% costlier
Construction Management Associate's Degree 8 32% costlier
Architecture Associate's Degree 7 66% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 7 36% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 6 39% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 4 34% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Associate's Degree 4 30% costlier
Anthropology Associate's Degree 4 16% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 40% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 4 32% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 4 40% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 3 28% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 3 43% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 3 48% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 2 29% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 2 49% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 2 38% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 41% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 2 35% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 38% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 2 30% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 2 36% costlier
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor Associate's Degree 2 16% costlier
Environmental Science Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Associate's Degree 1 37% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 46% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 1 21% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 1 22% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Associate's Degree 1 54% costlier
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 44% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Associate's Degree 1 14% costlier
Management Information Systems and Services, Other Associate's Degree 1 28% costlier


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About Truckee Meadows Community College

Truckee Meadows Community College is a two year community college located in Reno, Nevada.  Full time enrollment is 2,843 and part time is 8,030.  Truckee Meadows 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 Truckee Meadows Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, Nevada

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Truckee Meadows 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.

Truckee Meadows Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=182500 IPEDS survey data.