Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Wharton County Junior College tuition is $768 per year for in-state residents. This is 78% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 84% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $4,903 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 2nd in Texas amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 77th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,016 which represents a 162% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,798 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,566.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $4,830 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Wharton should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,910 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Wharton County Junior College is $12,606 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $13,854.

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

Costs and Tuition for Wharton County Junior College
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $12,606
   In-State Tuition$768
   Other Fees$2,798
   Room and Board$4,830
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,910
   Books and Supplies$1,300


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 $12,606 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 Wharton County Junior College net price for in-state students is $3,969* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Wharton County Junior College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,819. 41 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 $4,538. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Wharton County Junior College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Wharton County Junior College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$3,969*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,819
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,538

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$2,774
$30,001 to $48,000$3,822
$48,001 to $75,000$6,787
$75,001 to $110,000$8,246

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,606 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,606. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $3,819

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

Federal Loans

 52% - $5,081

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

Out of Pocket

 8% -  $796

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. Wharton County Junior College
Alvin Community College187.5% more expensive
Houston Community College196.9% more expensive
Blinn College240.6% more expensive
San Jacinto Community College196.9% more expensive
Victoria College79.7% 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 Wharton County Junior 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 Wharton County Junior College is $25,212 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 $2,813 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $5,626**

**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 Wharton County Junior College.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$384
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,303
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,008
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,927

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 Wharton County Junior 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 Wharton County Junior College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$2,064
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$6,192
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$3,168
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$9,504
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$3,936
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$11,808
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$15,744


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. 33% of Wharton County Junior College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,081.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Wharton County Junior 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 $5,626, 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 $6,980.58. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Wharton County Junior College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $2,813. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Wharton County Junior 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.

Wharton County Junior College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$58.17
Amount Borrowed$5,626.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$1,354.58
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$6,980.58

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Wharton County Junior 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 Wharton County Junior 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 $6,980.58 would be needed to afford a $58.17 monthly payment in the example $5,626.00 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 Wharton County Junior 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 $25,212.00. 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 Wharton County Junior College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$16,491$32,982
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$21,047$42,094
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $26,862$53,724
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $31,096$62,193

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Wharton County Junior 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 210 34% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 31 31% cheaper
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 24 20% cheaper
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 29% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 18 37% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 17 29% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 16 29% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 13 31% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 12 19% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 11 32% cheaper
Criminology Associate's Degree 8 54% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 7 30% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 29% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 6 23% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 5 26% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 5 26% cheaper
Pre-Nursing Studies Associate's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 26% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 24% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Associate's Degree 2 32% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Associate's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Sociology Associate's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 1 25% cheaper


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About Wharton County Junior College

Wharton County Junior College is a two year community college located in Wharton, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 2,862 and part time is 4,210.  Wharton County Junior 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.

Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Hwy
Wharton, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Wharton County Junior 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.

Wharton County Junior College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=229841 IPEDS survey data.