Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Houston Community College tuition is $744 per year for in-district residents. This is 76% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 81% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $3,964 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 70th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,080 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,360.

Housing Costs

Houston 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 Houston area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,810.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,250.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,170 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Houston Community College is $16,054 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $17,590. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $17,590. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $11,732.

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

Costs and Tuition for Houston Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$16,054
   In-District Tuition$744
   Other Fees$1,080
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,170
   Books and Supplies$2,250
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,810
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,196
   In-District Tuition$744
   Other Fees$1,080
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,122
   Books and Supplies$2,250
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,590
   In-State Tuition$2,280
   Other Fees$1,080
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,810
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,170
   Books and Supplies$2,250
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$11,732
   In-State Tuition$2,280
   Other Fees$1,080
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,122
   Books and Supplies$2,250


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 $17,590 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 Houston Community College net price for in-state students is $9,421* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of Houston Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,257. 59 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 $3,976. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Houston Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Houston Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,421*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,257
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants59%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,976

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$9,077
$30,001 to $48,000$9,345
$48,001 to $75,000$12,150
$75,001 to $110,000$13,119

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,590 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,590. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 32% - $4,257

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

Federal Loans

 44% - $5,889

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

Out of Pocket

 24% -  $3,274

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. Houston Community College
San Jacinto Community College0% less expensive
Alvin Community College3.2% less expensive
Lee College11.6% less expensive
College of the Mainland11.8% more expensive
Lone Star College System25.4% 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 Houston 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 Houston Community College is $35,180 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 $10,084 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $20,168**

**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 Houston Community College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,140
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,795
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,140
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,795

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 Houston 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 Houston Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$68
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$204
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$140
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$420
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$156
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$468
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$624


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. 52% of Houston Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,889.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Houston 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 $20,168, 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 $25,023.86. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Houston Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,084. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Houston 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.

Houston Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$208.53
Amount Borrowed$20,168.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,855.86
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$25,023.86

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Houston 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 Houston 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 $25,023.86 would be needed to afford a $208.53 monthly payment in the example $20,168.00 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 Houston Community College in the future? 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 $35,180.00. 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 Houston Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$23,011$46,022
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$29,369$58,737
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $37,483$74,965
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $43,391$86,781

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Houston 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 2,444 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 191 19% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 153 13% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 80 23% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 74 7% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 37 3% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Associate's Degree 34 1% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 33 12% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 31 10% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 27 10% cheaper
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 27 7% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 26 14% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 26 13% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 25 13% cheaper
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 22 4% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 22 1% cheaper
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 10% cheaper
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 21 6% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 8% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 20 12% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 19 5% cheaper
Histologic Technician Associate's Degree 17 11% cheaper
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 10% cheaper
Fashion/Apparel Design Associate's Degree 15 32% cheaper
Petroleum Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 0% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 12 20% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 12 2% cheaper
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 11 28% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 9% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Associate's Degree 10 12% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 10 38% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 9 16% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 11% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 12% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 8 9% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 8 9% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 19% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Associate's Degree 3 6% costlier
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 4% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Associate's Degree 1 18% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Music Management Associate's Degree 1 10% cheaper


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About Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a two year community college located in Houston, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 16,415 and part time is 40,617.  Houston 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 Houston Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Houston 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.

Houston Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225423 IPEDS survey data.