Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Westmoreland County Community College tuition is $3,720 per year for in-district residents. This is 31% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 68% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania in-district tuition of $12,420 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 45th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,650 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,090.

Housing Costs

Westmoreland 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 Youngwood area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,200.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,600.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,000 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Westmoreland County Community College is $17,170 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $20,890. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $24,610. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $13,690.

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

Costs and Tuition for Westmoreland County Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,170
   In-District Tuition$3,720
   Other Fees$1,650
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,600
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,200
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,970
   In-District Tuition$3,720
   Other Fees$1,650
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,890
   In-State Tuition$7,440
   Other Fees$1,650
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,200
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Pennsylvania Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$13,690
   In-State Tuition$7,440
   Other Fees$1,650
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,000
   Books and Supplies$1,600


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 $20,890 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 Westmoreland County Community College net price for in-state students is $2,331* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

58% of Westmoreland County Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,234. 53 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 $4,678. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Westmoreland County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Westmoreland County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$2,331*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid58%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,234
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants53%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,678

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$1,835
$30,001 to $48,000$3,078
$48,001 to $75,000$5,311
$75,001 to $110,000$6,896

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,890 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,890. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $5,234

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

Federal Loans

 24% - $4,239

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

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $8,417

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. Westmoreland County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County11.3% less expensive
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College17.7% less expensive
Butler County Community College16.1% less expensive
Garrett College13.4% less expensive
Community College of Beaver County25.8% 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 Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Community College is $41,780 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 $2,443 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $4,886**

**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 Westmoreland County Community College.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,720
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,445
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,580
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,305

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 Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$124
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$372
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$248
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$744
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$372
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,116
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,488


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. 64% of Westmoreland County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,239.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Westmoreland 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 $4,886, 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 $6,062.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Westmoreland County Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 58% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,443. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$50.52
Amount Borrowed$4,886.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,176.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$6,062.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland 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 $6,062.41 would be needed to afford a $50.52 monthly payment in the example $4,886.00 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 Westmoreland County Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,400 to $7,440. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.6%. 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 $41,780.00. 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 Westmoreland County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$27,328$54,656
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$34,878$69,757
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $44,515$89,029
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $51,531$103,062

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Westmoreland 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 112 22% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 75 11% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 41 28% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 36 14% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 34 29% costlier
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other Associate's Degree 33 23% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 27 22% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 25 31% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 21 26% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 21 26% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 18 17% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 17 26% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 14 33% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 14 21% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 14 32% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 12 11% costlier
Family and Community Services Associate's Degree 12 44% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 25% costlier
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 9 29% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 7 19% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs Associate's Degree 7 14% costlier
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 6 0% costlier
Dietetic Technician Associate's Degree 6 23% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 6 32% costlier
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 6 26% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 12% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 26% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 5 17% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 5 35% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 5 30% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 5 32% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 23% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 3 23% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 3 37% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 3 21% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 38% costlier
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management Associate's Degree 2 25% costlier
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 2 24% costlier
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 2 22% costlier
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 2 37% costlier
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 1 41% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 1 12% costlier
Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree 1 25% costlier


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About Westmoreland County Community College

Westmoreland County Community College is a two year community college located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 2,340 and part time is 3,214.  Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216825 IPEDS survey data.