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College of the Desert Tuition & Cost

Palm Desert, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
$23,664
In State Costs for College of the Desert
Fee Cost
Tuition$1,297
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$38
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $15,084
Other Expenses Budget$5,274
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$30,944
Out of State Costs for College of the Desert
Fee Cost
Tuition$8,577
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$38
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $15,084
Other Expenses Budget$5,274

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $23,664 to attend College of the Desert on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $1,297 for tuition, $1,971 for books and supplies and $38 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $30,944 which is 30.8% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $8,577 while books and supplies are $1,971 and other fees come in at $38.

All price data is sourced from the 2019/2020 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend College of the Desert when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2018/2019
$12,270
Net Price by Income College of the Desert
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$9,222
$30,001 to $48,000$9,266
$48,001 to $75,000$11,814
$75,001 to $110,000$13,894
$110,000+n/a

The average reported annual net price for College of the Desert for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,270 in 2018/2019. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

Finanical Aid College of the Desert
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Annual Total Grant Aid $5,374 93%
Pell Grant $4,917 59%
Federal Student Loan $0 0%

The average reported annual net price for College of the Desert for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,270 in 2018/2019.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to College of the Desert, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $16,430. The loan balance of $16,430 is a two year multiple of the $8,215 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $171 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.529%.

Example Loan $16,430
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $170.51
Total Interest Paid $4,030.92
Sum of All Loan Payments $20,460.92

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
$47,328
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $23,664 $30,944
2 $23,697 $30,987

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at College of the Desert to be $47,328 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 0.1% annual increase over the next 2 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at College of the Desert
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $46 $138 $184
Out of State Residents $295 $885 $1,180

Estimated cost for a class at College of the Desert based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at College of the Desert versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

College of the Desert Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=113573 IPEDS survey data for College of the Desert.