Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Northern Virginia Community College tuition is $5,412 per year for in-state residents. This is 49% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 36% cheaper than the average Virginia tuition of $8,439 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 23rd in Virginia amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $10,790 which represents a 99% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $198 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,610.

Housing Costs

Northern Virginia 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 Annandale area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,850.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,800.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,960 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Virginia residents to go to Northern Virginia Community College is $22,220 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Virginia residence can expect a one year cost of $27,598. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $14,370.

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

Costs and Tuition for Northern Virginia Community College
Estimated Budgets
Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$22,220
   In-State Tuition$5,412
   Other Fees$198
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,850
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,960
   Books and Supplies$1,800
Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,370
   In-State Tuition$5,412
   Other Fees$198
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,960
   Books and Supplies$1,800


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 $22,220 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 Northern Virginia Community College net price for in-state students is $9,719* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

47% of Northern Virginia Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,065. 40 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 $4,483. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Northern Virginia Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Northern Virginia Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,719*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid47%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,065
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,483

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$8,814
$30,001 to $48,000$9,030
$48,001 to $75,000$11,132
$75,001 to $110,000$14,059

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,220 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,220. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $5,065

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

Federal Loans

 30% - $4,641

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $5,554

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. Northern Virginia Community College
Montgomery College44.7% more expensive
College of Southern Maryland1.6% less expensive
Prince George's Community College10.4% less expensive
Howard Community College0.2% more expensive
Anne Arundel Community College21.4% 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 Northern Virginia 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 Northern Virginia Community College is $44,440 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 $7,178 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $14,356**

**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 Northern Virginia Community College.

Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,706
Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,110
Non-Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,395
Non-Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,799

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 Northern Virginia 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 Northern Virginia Community College
Price per credit hour for Virginia residents$180
Cost for one class for Virginia residents (3 credit hours)$540
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$360
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,080
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,440


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. 20% of Northern Virginia Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,641.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Northern Virginia 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 $14,356, 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 $17,812.50. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Northern Virginia Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 47% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,178. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Northern Virginia 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.

Northern Virginia Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$148.44
Amount Borrowed$14,356.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,456.50
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$17,812.50

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Northern Virginia 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 Northern Virginia 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 $17,812.50 would be needed to afford a $148.44 monthly payment in the example $14,356.00 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 Northern Virginia Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,255 to $5,412. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 13.3%. 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 $44,440.00. 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 Northern Virginia Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,068$58,136
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$37,099$74,198
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $47,349$94,697
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $54,812$109,624

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Northern Virginia 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 1,146 31% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 897 28% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 490 33% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 475 25% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 278 43% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 269 28% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 210 37% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 115 47% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Associate's Degree 65 37% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 61 33% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 61 31% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 49 39% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Associate's Degree 46 35% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 40 36% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 39 42% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 38 41% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 34 35% costlier
Accounting and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 32 44% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Associate's Degree 30 37% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 30 38% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 29 40% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 29 51% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 29 38% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 25 31% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 24 44% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 19 53% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 17 57% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Associate's Degree 15 44% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 15 49% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 15 42% costlier
Architectural Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 29% costlier
Photography Associate's Degree 13 26% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 8 41% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 7 41% costlier
Construction Trades Associate's Degree 7 65% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 41% costlier
Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree 6 29% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 5 40% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 2 31% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 1 50% costlier
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 1 53% costlier


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About Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is a two year community college located in Annandale, Virginia.  Full time enrollment is 16,709 and part time is 34,220.  Northern Virginia 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 Northern Virginia Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Northern Virginia Community College
4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, Virginia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Northern Virginia 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.

Northern Virginia Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232946 IPEDS survey data.