Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Howard College tuition is $2,310 per year for in-district residents. This is 22% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 41% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $3,933 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 47th in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 26th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $250 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,970.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $4,834 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Big Spring should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,231.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,609 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,724 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Howard College is $11,234 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $12,644. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $14,094.

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

Costs and Tuition for Howard College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $11,234
   In-District Tuition$2,310
   Other Fees$250
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,609
   Books and Supplies$1,231
   Room and Board$4,834
Texas Out of District Total Budget $14,759
   In-State Tuition$3,720
   Other Fees$250
   Room and Board$4,834
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,609
   Books and Supplies$1,231


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 $12,644 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 Howard College net price for in-state students is $5,204* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

80% of Howard College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,491. 57 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 $4,111. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Howard College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Howard College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,204*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid80%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,491
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,111

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$4,794
$30,001 to $48,000$5,206
$48,001 to $75,000$7,372
$75,001 to $110,000$7,729

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,644 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,644. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 55% - $5,491

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

Federal Loans

 40% - $3,972

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

Out of Pocket

 6% -  $572

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. Howard College
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf0% less expensive
Western Texas College23.4% less expensive
Texas State Technical College West Texas6.1% less expensive
Odessa College15.5% less expensive
South Plains College48.4% 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 Howard 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 Howard College is $25,288 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 $4,800 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $9,600**

**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 Howard College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,860
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,322
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,585
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,047

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 Howard 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 Howard College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$67
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$201
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$112
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$336
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$159
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$477
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$636


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. 21% of Howard College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,972.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Howard 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 $9,600, 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 $11,911.40. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Howard College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 80% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,800. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Howard 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.

Howard College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$99.26
Amount Borrowed$9,600.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,311.40
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$11,911.40

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Howard 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 Howard 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 $11,911.40 would be needed to afford a $99.26 monthly payment in the example $9,600.00 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 Howard College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,030 to $3,720. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.6%. 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 $25,288.00. 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 Howard College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$16,541$33,081
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$21,111$42,221
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $26,943$53,886
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $31,190$62,380

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Howard 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 137 37% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 21 30% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 20 27% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 18 36% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 16 28% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Associate's Degree 10 48% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 9 30% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 8 28% cheaper
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 6 18% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 5 27% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 26% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 4 18% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Corrections Associate's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 1 33% cheaper


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About Howard College

Howard College is a two year community college located in Big Spring, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 1,088 and part time is 1,033.  Howard 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.

Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Howard 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.

Howard College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225520 IPEDS survey data.