Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Butler County Community College tuition is $3,240 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 73% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania in-district tuition of $12,420 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 51st most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,560 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,800.

Housing Costs

Butler 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 Butler area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $3,200.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $1,450 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to BC3 is $10,750 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $13,750. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $16,750. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $10,550.

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

Costs and Tuition for Butler County Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$10,750
   In-District Tuition$3,240
   Other Fees$1,560
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,450
   Books and Supplies$1,300
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$3,200
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,550
   In-District Tuition$3,240
   Other Fees$1,560
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,450
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$13,750
   In-State Tuition$6,240
   Other Fees$1,560
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$3,200
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,450
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,550
   In-State Tuition$6,240
   Other Fees$1,560
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,450
   Books and Supplies$1,300


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 $13,750 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 BC3 net price for in-state students is $3,908* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of Butler County Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,524. 44 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 $3,992. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Butler County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Butler County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$3,908*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,524
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants44%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,992

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$2,502
$30,001 to $48,000$3,633
$48,001 to $75,000$5,656
$75,001 to $110,000$8,283

Average Financial Aid Mix - $13,750 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $13,750. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $4,524

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $4,422

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

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $3,354

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. Butler County Community College
Community College of Beaver County50% more expensive
Community College of Allegheny County5.8% more expensive
Westmoreland County Community College19.2% more expensive
Eastern Gateway Community College43.8% less expensive
University of Pittsburgh Titusville75.6% 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 Butler 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 BC3 is $27,500 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 $5,241 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,482**

**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 Butler County Community College.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,120
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,875
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,620
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,375

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 Butler 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 Butler County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$160
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$480
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$260
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$780
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$360
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,080
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,440


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. 31% of Butler County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,422.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Butler 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 $10,482, 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 $13,005.76. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Butler County 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 $5,241. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Butler 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.

Butler County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$108.38
Amount Borrowed$10,482.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,523.76
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,005.76

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend BC3? 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 Butler 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 $13,005.76 would be needed to afford a $108.38 monthly payment in the example $10,482.00 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 Butler County Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,280 to $6,240. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.6%. 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 $27,500.00. 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 Butler County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$17,988$35,975
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$22,957$45,914
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $29,300$58,600
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $33,918$67,837

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Butler 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 45 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 42 22% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 37 21% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 28 24% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 27 15% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 27 21% cheaper
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 18 13% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 12 20% cheaper
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Associate's Degree 10 16% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 10 20% cheaper
Education, General Associate's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Social Work, Other Associate's Degree 9 14% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate's Degree 9 9% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Associate's Degree 7 16% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 5 10% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 22% cheaper
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Associate's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder Associate's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Associate's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other Associate's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 10% cheaper


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Butler County Community College or model a student loan.

College Savings Calculator

Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford Butler County Community College in the future.

Student Loan Calculator

Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a Butler County Community College student loan.

Prepayment Option

About Butler County Community College

Butler County Community College is a two year community college located in Butler, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 1,555 and part time is 1,941.  Butler 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 Butler County Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Butler County Community College
College Drive Oak Hills
Butler, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Butler 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.

Butler County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211343 IPEDS survey data.