Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Chippewa Valley Technical College tuition is $3,966 per year for in-state residents. This is 11% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 1% cheaper than the average Wisconsin tuition of $4,080 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 2nd in Wisconsin 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 $5,949 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $338 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,304.

Housing Costs

Chippewa Valley Technical 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 Eau Claire area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,258.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,939.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,639 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wisconsin residents to go to CVTC is $17,140 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wisconsin residence can expect a one year cost of $19,123. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $9,882.

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

Costs and Tuition for Chippewa Valley Technical College
Estimated Budgets
Wisconsin Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,140
   In-State Tuition$3,966
   Other Fees$338
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,258
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,639
   Books and Supplies$1,939
Wisconsin Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,882
   In-State Tuition$3,966
   Other Fees$338
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,639
   Books and Supplies$1,939


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 $17,140 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 CVTC net price for in-state students is $8,953* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

58% of Chippewa Valley Technical College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,860. 55 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 $4,097. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Chippewa Valley Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,953*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid58%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,860
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants55%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,097

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$8,414
$30,001 to $48,000$8,999
$48,001 to $75,000$11,349
$75,001 to $110,000$13,478

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,140 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,140. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $4,860

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

Federal Loans

 38% - $5,185

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

Out of Pocket

 26% -  $3,456

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. Chippewa Valley Technical College
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical26.6% more expensive
Western Technical College7.6% less expensive
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College6.7% more expensive
Rochester Community and Technical College24.1% more expensive
Century Community and Technical College21.5% 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 Chippewa Valley Technical 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 CVTC is $34,280 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 $7,718 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $15,436**

**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 Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,983
Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,570
Non-Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,974
Non-Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,562

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 Chippewa Valley Technical 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 Chippewa Valley Technical College
Price per credit hour for Wisconsin residents$132
Cost for one class for Wisconsin residents (3 credit hours)$396
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$198
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$594
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$792


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. 65% of Chippewa Valley Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,185.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Chippewa Valley Technical 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 $15,436, 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 $19,152.54. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 58% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,718. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Chippewa Valley Technical 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.

Chippewa Valley Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$159.60
Amount Borrowed$15,436.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,716.54
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$19,152.54

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CVTC? 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 Chippewa Valley Technical 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 $19,152.54 would be needed to afford a $159.60 monthly payment in the example $15,436.00 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 Chippewa Valley Technical College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,233 to $3,966. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.5%. 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 $34,280.00. 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 Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$22,422$44,845
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$28,617$57,234
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $36,524$73,047
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $42,281$84,561

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Chippewa Valley Technical 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 174 5% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 67 1% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 63 12% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 38 6% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 34 2% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 29 2% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 25 2% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 25 3% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 24 2% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 22 12% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 21 10% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 21 1% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 21 0% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 20 0% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 18 6% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 17 4% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 5% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Associate's Degree 15 27% cheaper
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 6% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 14 4% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 2% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 11 2% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 10 3% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 8 3% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 7 6% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Nanotechnology Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier


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About Chippewa Valley Technical College

Chippewa Valley Technical College is a two year community college located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Full time enrollment is 2,094 and part time is 4,490.  Chippewa Valley Technical 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 Chippewa Valley Technical College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Chippewa Valley Technical College
620 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Chippewa Valley Technical 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.

Chippewa Valley Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240116 IPEDS survey data.