Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Central Texas College tuition is $2,700 per year for in-district residents. This is 9% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 31% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $3,933 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 53rd in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 20th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $5,600 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Killeen should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,885.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,654 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,297 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Central Texas College is $12,839 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $13,529. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $17,189.

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

Costs and Tuition for Central Texas College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $12,839
   In-District Tuition$2,700
   Other Fees$0
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,654
   Books and Supplies$1,885
   Room and Board$5,600
Texas Out of District Total Budget $14,172
   In-State Tuition$3,390
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$5,600
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,654
   Books and Supplies$1,885


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 $13,529 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 Central Texas College net price for in-state students is $5,143* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

73% of Central Texas College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,964. 66 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 $5,132. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Central Texas College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Central Texas College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,143*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid73%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,964
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants66%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,132

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$1,086
$30,001 to $48,000$2,955
$48,001 to $75,000$8,878
$75,001 to $110,000n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $13,529 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $13,529. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 46% - $4,964

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $3,956

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

Out of Pocket

 18% -  $1,955

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. Central Texas College
Temple College46.9% less expensive
McLennan Community College11.3% more expensive
Austin Community College District40.7% less expensive
Texas State Technical College Waco34% less expensive
Hill College45.5% 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 Central Texas 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 Central Texas College is $27,058 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 $5,237 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,474**

**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 Central Texas College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,695
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,764
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,525
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,594

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 Central Texas 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 Central Texas College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$90
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$270
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$113
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$339
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$235
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$705
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$940


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. 65% of Central Texas College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,956.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Central Texas 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 $10,474, 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 $12,995.83. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Central Texas College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 73% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,237. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Central Texas 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.

Central Texas College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$108.30
Amount Borrowed$10,474.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,521.83
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,995.83

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Central Texas 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 Central Texas 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 $12,995.83 would be needed to afford a $108.30 monthly payment in the example $10,474.00 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 Central Texas College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,460 to $3,390. 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 $27,058.00. 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 Central Texas College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$17,698$35,397
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$22,588$45,176
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $28,829$57,658
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $33,373$66,746

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Central Texas 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 1,889 23% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 188 19% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 114 11% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 101 15% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 89 22% cheaper
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager Associate's Degree 81 6% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 60 20% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 43 13% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 35 14% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 18 17% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Social Work Associate's Degree 18 19% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 15 9% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 9 15% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 6 7% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Associate's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 5 0% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Public Administration Associate's Degree 4 17% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Environmental Science Associate's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 1 0% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Associate's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 1 5% cheaper


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About Central Texas College

Central Texas College is a two year community college located in Killeen, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 4,195 and part time is 13,922.  Central Texas 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.

Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Central Texas 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.

Central Texas College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=223816 IPEDS survey data.