Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Community College of Philadelphia tuition is $4,632 per year for in-district residents. This is 52% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 63% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania in-district tuition of $12,420 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 12th in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 43rd most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,020 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,284.

Housing Costs

Community College of Philadelphia doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Philadelphia area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,719.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,126 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Community College of Philadelphia is $17,897 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $22,529. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $27,161. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $14,054.

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

Costs and Tuition for Community College of Philadelphia
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,897
   In-District Tuition$4,632
   Other Fees$1,020
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,126
   Books and Supplies$1,400
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,719
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,422
   In-District Tuition$4,632
   Other Fees$1,020
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,370
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$22,529
   In-State Tuition$9,264
   Other Fees$1,020
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,719
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,126
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,054
   In-State Tuition$9,264
   Other Fees$1,020
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,370
   Books and Supplies$1,400


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 $22,529 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 Community College of Philadelphia net price for in-state students is $6,521* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of Community College of Philadelphia students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,625. 69 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 $4,977. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Community College of Philadelphia, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Community College of Philadelphia
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,521*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,625
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants69%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,977

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$6,652
$30,001 to $48,000$7,536
$48,001 to $75,000$10,285
$75,001 to $110,000$11,850

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,529 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,529. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $5,625

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $4,101

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

Out of Pocket

 50% -  $9,677

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. Community College of Philadelphia
Gloucester County College56.9% less expensive
Delaware County Community College21.6% less expensive
Camden County College64.1% less expensive
Montgomery County Community College Central Campus6.7% less expensive
Salem Community College36.9% 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 Community College of Philadelphia.

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 Community College of Philadelphia is $45,058 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 $5,165 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,330**

**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 Community College of Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,632
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,264
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,948
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,580

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 Community College of Philadelphia 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 Community College of Philadelphia
Price per credit hour for in district residents$159
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$477
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$318
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$954
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$477
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,431
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,908


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. 45% of Community College of Philadelphia students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,101.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Community College of Philadelphia? 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 $10,330, 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 $12,817.16. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Community College of Philadelphia. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,165. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Community College of Philadelphia 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.

Community College of Philadelphia Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$106.81
Amount Borrowed$10,330.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,487.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,817.16

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Community College of Philadelphia? 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 Community College of Philadelphia, 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 $12,817.16 would be needed to afford a $106.81 monthly payment in the example $10,330.00 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 Community College of Philadelphia in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,640 to $9,264. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.4%. 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 $45,058.00. 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 Community College of Philadelphia.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,472$58,944
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$37,615$75,230
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $48,007$96,014
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $55,574$111,148

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Community College of Philadelphia 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 666 22% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 168 23% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 111 35% costlier
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Associate's Degree 71 29% costlier
Human Services Associate's Degree 58 23% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 55 34% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 54 37% costlier
Education, General Associate's Degree 53 44% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 52 38% costlier
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 49 39% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 28 44% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 26 39% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 23 40% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Associate's Degree 17 34% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 17 39% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 17 40% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 14 47% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 14 57% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 14 41% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 13 24% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 12 29% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 34% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 10 39% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Associate's Degree 9 20% costlier
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager Associate's Degree 8 29% costlier
International/Global Studies Associate's Degree 8 29% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 8 47% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 49% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 36% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 31% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 7 38% costlier
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 7 41% costlier
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 6 39% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 6 46% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 6 33% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 6 26% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 4 24% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 4 40% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 4 41% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 3 34% costlier
Women's Studies Associate's Degree 2 27% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 41% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 2 35% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 1 40% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 1 31% costlier


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About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is a two year community college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 4,917 and part time is 11,755.  Community College of Philadelphia 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 Community College of Philadelphia at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Community College of Philadelphia 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.

Community College of Philadelphia cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215239 IPEDS survey data.