Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

El Paso Community College tuition is $2,256 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 49% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $4,932 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 25th in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 54th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,032 which represents a 79% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $490 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,746.

Housing Costs

El Paso 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 El Paso area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,356.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,060.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,239 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to El Paso Community College is $16,401 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $18,177. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,045.

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

Costs and Tuition for El Paso Community College
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$16,401
   In-State Tuition$2,256
   Other Fees$490
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$8,356
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,239
   Books and Supplies$1,060
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,045
   In-State Tuition$2,256
   Other Fees$490
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,239
   Books and Supplies$1,060


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 $16,401 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 El Paso Community College net price for in-state students is $3,479* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of El Paso Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,029. 79 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 $5,071. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend El Paso Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for El Paso Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$3,479*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,029
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants79%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,071

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$2,828
$30,001 to $48,000$3,898
$48,001 to $75,000$5,940
$75,001 to $110,000$8,615

Average Financial Aid Mix - $16,401 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,401. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 50% - $6,029

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

Federal Loans

 32% - $3,915

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

Out of Pocket

 18% -  $2,218

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. El Paso Community College
New Mexico State University Dona Ana16% less expensive
New Mexico State University Alamogordo1.1% less expensive
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Campus36.2% less expensive
New Mexico State University Carlsbad21.3% less expensive
Eastern New Mexico University Roswell Campus9.6% 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 El Paso 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 El Paso Community College is $32,802 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 $3,239 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $6,478**

**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 El Paso Community College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,128
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,200
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,016
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,088

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 El Paso 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 El Paso Community College
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$94
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$282
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$168
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$504
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$672


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. 5% of El Paso Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,915.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for El Paso 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 $6,478, 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 $8,037.71. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at El Paso Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $3,239. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our El Paso 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.

El Paso Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$66.98
Amount Borrowed$6,478.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,559.71
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$8,037.71

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend El Paso 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 El Paso 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 $8,037.71 would be needed to afford a $66.98 monthly payment in the example $6,478.00 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 El Paso Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,704 to $2,256. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.5%. 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 $32,802.00. 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 El Paso Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$21,456$42,911
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$27,383$54,767
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $34,949$69,898
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $40,458$80,915

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at El Paso 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 1,649 18% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Associate's Degree 246 16% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 188 18% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 146 10% cheaper
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Associate's Degree 116 13% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 53 8% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 51 2% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 33 13% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 25 4% cheaper
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager Associate's Degree 22 0% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 20 2% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 19 5% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 18 1% cheaper
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 17 3% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 16 0% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 15 9% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 15 7% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 14 7% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 13 3% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 13 11% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 12 10% cheaper
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 11 29% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 11 7% cheaper
Accounting and Business/Management Associate's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 1% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 9 1% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 9 6% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 8 2% cheaper
Writing, General Associate's Degree 8 21% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations Associate's Degree 8 20% cheaper
Architecture and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 7 16% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 7 26% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 6 4% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Economics, General Associate's Degree 5 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 5 6% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 3% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Court Reporting/Court Reporter Associate's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Computer Science Associate's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 2% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Associate's Degree 1 30% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other Associate's Degree 1 7% costlier
Philosophy Associate's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 7% cheaper
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) Associate's Degree 1 23% costlier


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About El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College is a two year community college located in El Paso, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 8,877 and part time is 20,583.  El Paso 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 El Paso Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

El Paso Community College
919 Hunter Drive
El Paso, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

El Paso 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.

El Paso Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=224642 IPEDS survey data.