Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Mercer County Community College tuition is $2,988 per year for in-district residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 23% cheaper than the average New Jersey in-district tuition of $4,274 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in New Jersey amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 17th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $912 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,088.

Housing Costs

Mercer County 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 West Windsor area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,060.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,390.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,031 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Mercer County Community College is $17,381 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $18,569. Out-of-state students who don't possess New Jersey residence can expect a one year cost of $20,729. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $10,509.

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

Costs and Tuition for Mercer County Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,381
   In-District Tuition$2,988
   Other Fees$912
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,031
   Books and Supplies$1,390
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,060
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,321
   In-District Tuition$2,988
   Other Fees$912
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,031
   Books and Supplies$1,390
New Jersey Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$18,569
   In-State Tuition$4,176
   Other Fees$912
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,060
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,031
   Books and Supplies$1,390
New Jersey Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,509
   In-State Tuition$4,176
   Other Fees$912
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,031
   Books and Supplies$1,390


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 $18,569 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 Mercer County Community College net price for in-state students is $5,307* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

30% of Mercer County Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,890. 26 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 $3,431. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Mercer County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Mercer County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,307*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid30%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,890
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants26%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,431

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$2,122
$30,001 to $48,000$3,647
$48,001 to $75,000$6,061
$75,001 to $110,000$6,197

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,569 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,569. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $4,890

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

Federal Loans

 28% - $4,105

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

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $5,543

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. Mercer County Community College
Bucks County Community College66.7% more expensive
Burlington County College16.7% less expensive
Middlesex County College26.4% more expensive
Raritan Valley Community College7.5% more expensive
Brookdale Community College52.8% 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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County Community College is $37,138 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 $5,061 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,122**

**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 Mercer County Community College.

New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,088
New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,284
Non-New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,168
Non-New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,364

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 Mercer County 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 Mercer County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$163
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$489
Price per credit hour for New Jersey residents$212
Cost for one class for New Jersey residents (3 credit hours)$636
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$302
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$906
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,208


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. 15% of Mercer County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,105.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Mercer County 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 $10,122, 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 $12,559.08. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Mercer County Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 30% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,061. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Mercer County 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.

Mercer County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$104.66
Amount Borrowed$10,122.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,437.08
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,559.08

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 $12,559.08 would be needed to afford a $104.66 monthly payment in the example $10,122.00 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 Mercer County Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,696 to $4,176. 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 $37,138.00. 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 Mercer County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,292$48,584
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$31,003$62,006
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $39,569$79,137
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $45,806$91,611

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Mercer County 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 336 7% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 134 3% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 89 4% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 52 6% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 51 7% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 42 2% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 27 12% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 24 6% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 24 5% cheaper
Telecommunications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 5% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 17 3% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 17 6% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 3% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 16 2% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 15 1% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 6% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 6% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 10 12% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 4% costlier
Architecture and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 17% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 5 11% costlier
Ornamental Horticulture Associate's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 3% costlier
Plant Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 24% costlier
Human Services, General Associate's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree 4 3% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 3 18% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 0% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 12% costlier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 2% costlier


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About Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College is a two year community college located in West Windsor, New Jersey.  Full time enrollment is 2,752 and part time is 4,808.  Mercer County 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 Mercer County Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor, New Jersey

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Mercer County 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.

Mercer County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=185509 IPEDS survey data.