How Much Does Community College Cost?

A community college is a school that receives public funding to offer higher education to interested parties – especially geared towards the local community. Depending on the school, a student may earn certificates, diplomas and/or an Associate’s degree. The credits at a community college can also be transferred to 4-year institutions.


Full-time tuition at a community college averages between $600 and $5,400 per year. The American Association of Community Colleges states that the average cost of one year is $2,361 [1]. Since community colleges are funded locally, the cost of tuition for out-of-state residents is about $5,490 to $10,800 per year.

The state with the lowest per unit or per credit hour rates is California, which charges $20.

Sources:

[1] http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/pressreleases/Pages/pr01272009.aspx

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