Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Columbia Gorge Community College is $3,564 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public two year college tuition of $3,631. The cost is 11% cheaper than the average Oregon tuition of $4,145 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Oregon amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $684 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,248.

Housing Costs

Columbia Gorge 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 The Dalles area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,900.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,700 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Columbia Gorge Community College was $19,048 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Oregon residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $9,148.

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

Costs and Tuition for Columbia Gorge Community College
Estimated Budgets
Oregon Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,048
   In-State Tuition$3,564
   Other Fees$684
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,900
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,700
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Oregon Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,148
   In-State Tuition$3,564
   Other Fees$684
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,700
   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 $19,048 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 Columbia Gorge Community College net price for in-state students is $8,336* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of Columbia Gorge Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,714. 63 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 $4,390. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Columbia Gorge Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Columbia Gorge Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,336*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,714
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants63%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,390

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$6,988
$30,001 to $48,000$7,419
$48,001 to $75,000$10,001
$75,001 to $110,000$12,425

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,048 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,048. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 31% - $4,714

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

Federal Loans

 44% - $6,692

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

Out of Pocket

 26% -  $3,942

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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. Columbia Gorge Community College
Mt Hood Community College26.3% more expensive
Clackamas Community College17.4% more expensive
Clark College5.4% less expensive
Portland Community College5.1% more expensive
Yakima Valley Community College10.4% 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 Columbia Gorge 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 Columbia Gorge Community College is $38,096 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 $8,368 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $16,736**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Columbia Gorge 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 Columbia Gorge Community College
Price per credit hour for Oregon residents$99
Cost for one class for Oregon residents (3 credit hours)$297
Price per credit hour$225
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$675
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$900


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. 21% of Columbia Gorge Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,692.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Columbia Gorge 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 $16,736, 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 $20,765.54. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Columbia Gorge Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,368. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Columbia Gorge 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.

Columbia Gorge Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$173.05
Amount Borrowed$16,736.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,029.54
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$20,765.54

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Columbia Gorge 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 Columbia Gorge 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 $20,765.54 would be needed to afford a $173.05 monthly payment in the example $16,736.00 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 Columbia Gorge Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,204 to $3,564. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.2%. 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 2 year cost of $38,096.00. 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 Columbia Gorge Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,918$49,837
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$31,803$63,606
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $40,589$81,179
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $46,987$93,975

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Columbia Gorge 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 39 12% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 33 6% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 29 20% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 14 17% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 2 24% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 2 16% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 2 26% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About Columbia Gorge Community College

Columbia Gorge Community College is a two year community college located in The Dalles, Oregon.  Full time enrollment is 344 and part time is 558.  Columbia Gorge 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 Columbia Gorge Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Columbia Gorge Community College
400 E Scenic Dr
The Dalles, Oregon

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Columbia Gorge 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.

Columbia Gorge Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=420556 IPEDS survey data.