Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Big Bend Community College tuition is $4,149 per year for in-state residents. This is 17% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 3% more expensive than the average Washington tuition of $4,011 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 25th in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 4th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,596 which represents a 11% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,710 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Moses Lake should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $840.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,030 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,570 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to Big Bend Community College is $15,729 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $16,176.

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

Costs and Tuition for Big Bend Community College
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget $15,729
   In-State Tuition$4,149
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$7,710
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,030
   Books and Supplies$840


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 $15,729 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 Big Bend Community College net price for in-state students is $6,657* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of Big Bend Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,741. 58 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 $4,086. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Big Bend Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Big Bend Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,657*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,741
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants58%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,086

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$4,818
$30,001 to $48,000$5,712
$48,001 to $75,000$9,200
$75,001 to $110,000$10,813

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,729 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,729. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $5,741

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

Federal Loans

 35% - $4,457

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

Out of Pocket

 20% -  $2,501

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. Big Bend Community College
Wenatchee Valley College16.4% less expensive
Yakima Valley Community College5.1% less expensive
Walla Walla Community College7.4% more expensive
Spokane Falls Community College33.8% less expensive
Spokane Community College33.8% 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 Big Bend 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 Big Bend Community College is $31,458 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 $6,252 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $12,504**

**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

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 Big Bend 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 Big Bend Community College
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$103
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$309
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$116
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$348
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$464


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 Big Bend Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,457.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Big Bend 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 $12,504, 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 $15,514.60. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Big Bend Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,252. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Big Bend 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.

Big Bend Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$129.29
Amount Borrowed$12,504.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,010.60
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$15,514.60

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Big Bend 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 Big Bend 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 $15,514.60 would be needed to afford a $129.29 monthly payment in the example $12,504.00 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 Big Bend Community 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 $31,458.00. 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 Big Bend Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$20,576$41,153
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$26,261$52,523
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $33,517$67,034
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $38,800$77,600

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Big Bend 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 271 27% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 21 20% cheaper
Electrician Associate's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other Associate's Degree 12 1% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 11 20% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 9 21% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 8 27% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 5 11% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Medical Office Management/Administration Associate's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 17% cheaper


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About Big Bend Community College

Big Bend Community College is a two year community college located in Moses Lake, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 1,494 and part time is 699.  Big Bend 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 Big Bend Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute St
Moses Lake, Washington

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Big Bend 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.

Big Bend Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234711 IPEDS survey data.