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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

South Plains College tuition is $696 per year for in-district residents. This is 77% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 82% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $3,933 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 2nd in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 71st most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,544 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,464.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $4,108 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Levelland should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,340.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,610 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $7,625 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to South Plains College is $11,298 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $12,522. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $12,906.

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

Costs and Tuition for South Plains College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $11,298
   In-District Tuition$696
   Other Fees$1,544
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,610
   Books and Supplies$1,340
   Room and Board$4,108
Texas Out of District Total Budget $16,537
   In-State Tuition$1,920
   Other Fees$1,544
   Room and Board$4,108
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,610
   Books and Supplies$1,340

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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 $12,522 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 South Plains College net price for in-state students is $4,266* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

82% of South Plains College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,374. 70 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 $4,202. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend South Plains College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for South Plains College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,266*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid82%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,374
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants70%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,202

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$6,318
$30,001 to $48,000$6,973
$48,001 to $75,000$5,791
$75,001 to $110,000n/a
$110,000+$7,054

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,522 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,522. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

49%
58%
-7%

Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $4,374

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

Federal Loans

 58% - $5,165

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

Out of Pocket

 -7% -  ($627)

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. South Plains College
Clovis Community College32.5% less expensive
New Mexico Junior College30% less expensive
Western Texas College48.4% more expensive
Howard College93.8% more expensive
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf93.8% 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 South Plains 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 South Plains College is $25,044 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 $4,746 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $9,492**

**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 South Plains College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$960
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,261
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,152
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,453

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 South Plains 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 South Plains College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$29
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$87
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$80
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$240
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$96
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$288
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$384

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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. 29% of South Plains College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,165.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for South Plains 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 $9,492, 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 $11,777.40. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at South Plains College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 82% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,746. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our South Plains 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.

South Plains College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$98.14
Amount Borrowed$9,492.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,285.40
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$11,777.40

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend South Plains 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 South Plains 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 $11,777.40 would be needed to afford a $98.14 monthly payment in the example $9,492.00 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 South Plains College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,392 to $1,920. 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 $25,044.00. 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 South Plains College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$16,381$32,762
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$20,907$41,814
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $26,683$53,366
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $30,889$61,778

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at South Plains 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 251 39% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 59 36% cheaper
Education, General Associate's Degree 57 32% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 40 40% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 31 33% cheaper
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 27 33% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 21 34% cheaper
Communications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 37% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 13 34% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 13 35% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 11 25% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Associate's Degree 11 20% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 10 28% cheaper
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Associate's Degree 10 13% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 9 34% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 9 42% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 7 29% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 6 31% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 33% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 5 38% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 29% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 5 34% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General Associate's Degree 4 27% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Broadcast Journalism Associate's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 38% cheaper
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS Associate's Degree 2 40% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Associate's Degree 1 25% cheaper
History, General Associate's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 1 31% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for South Plains College or model a student loan.

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Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford South Plains College in the future.

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Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a South Plains College student loan.

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About South Plains College

South Plains College is a two year community college located in Levelland, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 4,549 and part time is 4,929.  South Plains 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 South Plains College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
South Plains College
1401 S. College Ave
Levelland, Texas
79336

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

South Plains 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.

South Plains College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228158 IPEDS survey data.