Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tarrant County College District tuition is $1,661 per year for in-district residents. This is 45% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 58% cheaper than the average Texas in-district tuition of $3,964 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 31st in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 42nd most expensive 2 year college in the state.

Housing Costs

Tarrant County College District doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Fort Worth area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,176.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,605.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,642 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Tarrant County College is $17,084 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $18,555. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $22,983. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $9,379.

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

Costs and Tuition for Tarrant County College District
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,084
   In-District Tuition$1,661
   Other Fees$0
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,642
   Books and Supplies$1,605
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,176
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,908
   In-District Tuition$1,661
   Other Fees$0
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,642
   Books and Supplies$1,605
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$18,555
   In-State Tuition$3,132
   Other Fees$0
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,176
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,642
   Books and Supplies$1,605
Texas Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,379
   In-State Tuition$3,132
   Other Fees$0
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,642
   Books and Supplies$1,605


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 $18,555 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 Tarrant County College net price for in-state students is $6,737* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Tarrant County College District students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,724. 48 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 $4,234. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Tarrant County College District, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Tarrant County College District
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,737*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,724
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants48%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,234

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$6,049
$30,001 to $48,000$5,872
$48,001 to $75,000$7,742
$75,001 to $110,000$9,718

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,555 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,555. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $3,724

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $5,047

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $5,142

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. Tarrant County College District
North Lake College6.3% more expensive
Mountain View College6.3% more expensive
Weatherford College26.4% more expensive
Brookhaven College6.3% more expensive
El Centro College6.3% 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 Tarrant County College District.

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 Tarrant County College is $37,110 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 $4,339 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $8,678**

**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 Tarrant County College District.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,566
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,278
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,780
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,492

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 Tarrant County College District 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 Tarrant County College District
Price per credit hour for in district residents$64
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$192
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$126
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$378
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$305
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$915
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,220


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. 8% of Tarrant County College District students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,047.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Tarrant County College District? 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 $8,678, 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 $10,767.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Tarrant County College District. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,339. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Tarrant County College District 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.

Tarrant County College District Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$89.73
Amount Borrowed$8,678.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,089.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$10,767.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Tarrant County 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 Tarrant County College District, 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 $10,767.41 would be needed to afford a $89.73 monthly payment in the example $8,678.00 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 Tarrant County College District in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,994 to $3,132. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 11.4%. 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 $37,110.00. 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 Tarrant County College District.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,273$48,547
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$30,980$61,959
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $39,539$79,078
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $45,771$91,542

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Tarrant County College District 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 2,459 4% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 213 14% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 66 4% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 38 13% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 35 16% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 34 6% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 33 21% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 30 33% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 27 18% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 27 18% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 24 18% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 23 17% costlier
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 22 27% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 19 34% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 19 24% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 19 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 19 20% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 16 23% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 14 17% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 13 13% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 15% costlier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 13% costlier
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Associate's Degree 10 28% costlier
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 10 19% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 26% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 9 9% costlier
Child Development Associate's Degree 8 30% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 18% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 7 16% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 7 22% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 20% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 6 23% costlier
Dietitian Assistant Associate's Degree 5 2% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 7% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 4 27% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 17% costlier
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 14% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 4 15% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 4 36% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 3 19% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 11% costlier
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 43% costlier
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Associate's Degree 2 39% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About Tarrant County College District

Tarrant County College District is a two year community college located in Fort Worth, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 13,979 and part time is 37,121.  Tarrant County College District 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 Tarrant County College District at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Tarrant County College District
1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Tarrant County College District 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.

Tarrant County College District cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228547 IPEDS survey data.