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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom tuition is $3,468 per year for in-state residents. This is 2% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 14% cheaper than the average Washington tuition of $4,011 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in Washington amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $3,882 which represents a 12% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $315 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,783.

Housing Costs

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Lakewood area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,690.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $855.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,210 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Washington residents to go to Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is $17,538 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Washington residence can expect a one year cost of $17,952. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $8,448.

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

Costs and Tuition for Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Estimated Budgets
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,538
   In-State Tuition$3,468
   Other Fees$315
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,690
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,210
   Books and Supplies$855
Washington Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,448
   In-State Tuition$3,468
   Other Fees$315
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,810
   Books and Supplies$855

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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 $17,538 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom net price for in-state students is $5,964* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

49% of Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,797. 45 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 $3,980. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,964*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid49%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,797
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants45%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,980

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$5,742
$30,001 to $48,000$6,132
$48,001 to $75,000$7,883
$75,001 to $110,000$11,732
$110,000+$11,947

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,538 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,538. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

40%
39%
20%

Grants and Scholarships

 40% - $5,797

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

Federal Loans

 39% - $5,603

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

Out of Pocket

 20% -  $2,928

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. Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Clover Park Technical College45.3% more expensive
Tacoma Community College13.5% more expensive
Bates Technical College7.6% more expensive
Pierce College at Puyallup0% less expensive
Highline Community College9.9% 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom.

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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is $35,076 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 $6,662 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,324**

**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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Price per credit hour for Washington residents$105
Cost for one class for Washington residents (3 credit hours)$315
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$119
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$357
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$476

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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. 22% of Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,603.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom? 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 $13,324, 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 $16,532.03. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 49% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,662. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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.

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$137.77
Amount Borrowed$13,324.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,208.03
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$16,532.03

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom? 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom, 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 $16,532.03 would be needed to afford a $137.77 monthly payment in the example $13,324.00 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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 $35,076.00. 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$22,943$45,886
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$29,282$58,563
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $37,372$74,743
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $43,262$86,525

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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 726 19% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 45 11% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 43 19% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 30 15% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 16 17% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 15 8% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 13 6% cheaper
Computer Graphics Associate's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Fire Services Administration Associate's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 10 1% cheaper
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 7 6% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 5 8% cheaper
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services Associate's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Computer Support Specialist Associate's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 11% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant Associate's Degree 1 12% costlier
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Associate's Degree 1 1% costlier

Calculators

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Plan and Save for College

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Estimate Loan Payments

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About Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is a two year community college located in Lakewood, Washington.  Full time enrollment is 2,722 and part time is 3,346.  Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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 Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, Washington
98498-1999

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom 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.

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=235237 IPEDS survey data.