Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Amarillo College tuition is $1,128 per year for in-state residents. This is 68% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 77% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $4,903 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 5th in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 74th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,664 which represents a 136% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,040 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,168.

Housing Costs

Amarillo 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 Amarillo area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,514.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,674.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,963 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Amarillo College is $15,319 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $16,855. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,805.

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

Costs and Tuition for Amarillo College
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,319
   In-State Tuition$1,128
   Other Fees$2,040
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$6,514
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,963
   Books and Supplies$1,674
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,805
   In-State Tuition$1,128
   Other Fees$2,040
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,963
   Books and Supplies$1,674


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 $15,319 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 Amarillo College net price for in-state students is $6,154* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of Amarillo College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,283. 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 $4,083. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Amarillo College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Amarillo College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,154*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,283
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants63%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,083

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$5,462
$30,001 to $48,000$6,021
$48,001 to $75,000$7,592
$75,001 to $110,000$10,072

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,319 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,319. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 38% - $4,283

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

Federal Loans

 42% - $4,763

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

Out of Pocket

 20% -  $2,310

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. Amarillo College
Frank Phillips College80.9% more expensive
Clarendon College0% less expensive
Clovis Community College14.9% more expensive
Mesalands Community College23.4% more expensive
South Plains College70.2% 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 Amarillo 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 Amarillo College is $30,638 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 $3,691 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $7,382**

**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 Amarillo College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$564
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,660
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,332
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,428

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 Amarillo 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 Amarillo College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$89
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$267
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$132
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$396
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$196
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$588
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$784


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. 12% of Amarillo College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,763.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Amarillo 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 $7,382, 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 $9,159.37. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Amarillo College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $3,691. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Amarillo 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.

Amarillo College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$76.33
Amount Borrowed$7,382.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,777.37
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$9,159.37

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Amarillo 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 Amarillo 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 $9,159.37 would be needed to afford a $76.33 monthly payment in the example $7,382.00 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 Amarillo College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,008 to $1,128. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.4%. 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 $30,638.00. 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 Amarillo College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$20,040$40,080
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$25,577$51,154
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $32,643$65,287
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $37,789$75,577

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Amarillo 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 181 16% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 152 20% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 91 22% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 34 11% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 27 14% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 25 1% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 23 14% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 20 13% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 19 16% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 19 3% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 17 20% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 17 20% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 15 9% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 13 13% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 12 11% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 13% cheaper
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 0% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 8% cheaper
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 17% cheaper
Social Work Associate's Degree 9 7% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 9 17% cheaper
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 9 0% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 9 2% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 8 16% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 7 24% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 7 20% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 6 15% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 6 24% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 6 7% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Associate's Degree 4 31% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 5% costlier
Forensic Science and Technology Associate's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Photography Associate's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Associate's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Physical Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 1 5% costlier
Pre-Law Studies Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Associate's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper


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About Amarillo College

Amarillo College is a two year community college located in Amarillo, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 3,121 and part time is 7,074.  Amarillo 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.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Amarillo College
2011 S. Washington
Amarillo, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Amarillo 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.

Amarillo College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=222576 IPEDS survey data.