Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Del Mar College tuition is $1,586 per year for in-state residents. This is 55% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 67% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $4,932 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 70th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,548 which represents a 61% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,390 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,976.

Housing Costs

Del Mar 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 Corpus Christi area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,055.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,260.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,393 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to DMC is $15,684 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $16,646. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $10,006.

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

Costs and Tuition for Del Mar College
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,684
   In-State Tuition$1,586
   Other Fees$2,390
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,055
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,393
   Books and Supplies$1,260
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,006
   In-State Tuition$1,586
   Other Fees$2,390
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,770
   Books and Supplies$1,260


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 $15,684 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 DMC net price for in-state students is $4,969* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of Del Mar College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,382. 61 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 $4,812. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Del Mar College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Del Mar College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,969*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,382
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants61%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,812

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$4,227
$30,001 to $48,000$4,902
$48,001 to $75,000$7,291
$75,001 to $110,000$9,877

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,684 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,684. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $5,382

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $3,020

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

Out of Pocket

 32% -  $3,889

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. Del Mar College
Coastal Bend College32.4% more expensive
Victoria College13% less expensive
Texas State Technical College Harlingen36.2% more expensive
Palo Alto College340.7% more expensive
Laredo Community College51.3% 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 Del Mar 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 DMC is $31,368 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 $4,373 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $8,746**

**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 Del Mar College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$793
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,842
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,274
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,323

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 Del Mar 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 Del Mar College
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$61
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$183
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$98
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$294
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$392


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. 16% of Del Mar College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,020.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Del Mar 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 $8,746, 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 $10,851.78. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Del Mar College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,373. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Del Mar 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.

Del Mar College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$90.43
Amount Borrowed$8,746.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,105.78
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$10,851.78

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend DMC? 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 Del Mar 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 $10,851.78 would be needed to afford a $90.43 monthly payment in the example $8,746.00 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 Del Mar College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,352 to $1,586. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.5%. 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 $31,368.00. 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 Del Mar College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$20,518$41,035
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$26,186$52,373
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $33,421$66,842
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $38,689$77,378

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Del Mar 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 193 25% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 160 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 61 23% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 47 14% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 42 23% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 30 15% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 24 15% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 23 7% cheaper
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 23 18% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 23 17% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 21 17% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 19 25% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 19 15% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 18 18% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 18 14% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 16 11% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 3% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 15 15% cheaper
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 15 15% cheaper
Radio and Television Associate's Degree 14 21% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 14 11% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 5% cheaper
Advertising Associate's Degree 12 35% cheaper
Sociology Associate's Degree 11 14% cheaper
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 11 9% cheaper
History, General Associate's Degree 11 14% cheaper
Physics, General Associate's Degree 9 16% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 13% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 9 18% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 9 16% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 9 15% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 8 12% cheaper
Journalism Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 7 8% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 5 32% cheaper
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 19% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Associate's Degree 4 17% costlier
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Social Work Associate's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Court Reporting/Court Reporter Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 2 16% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Associate's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Associate's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Associate's Degree 1 11% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Associate's Degree 1 10% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Associate's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Associate's Degree 1 31% costlier


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About Del Mar College

Del Mar College is a two year community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 2,983 and part time is 8,706.  Del Mar 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 Del Mar College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Del Mar 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.

Del Mar College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=224350 IPEDS survey data.