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San Diego Mesa College Tuition & Cost

San Diego, California

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In State California Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for San Diego Mesa College
Fee Cost
Other Fees$40
Books and Supplies$1,152
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $17,786
Other Expenses Budget$3,924

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for San Diego Mesa College
Fee Cost
Other Fees$40
Books and Supplies$1,152
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $17,786
Other Expenses Budget$3,924

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at San Diego Mesa College for undergraduate students residing in California is $1,104. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,152 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $40 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,924 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending San Diego Mesa College full time should expect a total annual cost of $24,006.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at San Diego Mesa College is $7,400 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $1,152 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $40. Students are advised to budget $3,924 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $30,302. This figure is 26.2% higher than what California residents pay.

Housing Costs

San Diego Mesa 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 San Diego area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $17,786.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $1,152.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,924 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

All price data is sourced from the 2022/2023 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for San Diego Mesa College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $8,506* in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price 2019/2020


Below is the average net price by student family income.

Net Price by Income San Diego Mesa College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$5,476
$30,001 to $48,000$7,221
$48,001 to $75,000$9,083
$75,001 to $110,000$10,513

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending San Diego Mesa College, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that your net price will fluctuate based on factors such as family income, assets and individual financial need. Net price is the out-of-pocket total cost that students end up paying or financing though student loans.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2019/2020 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.

Financial Aid

57% of full-time undergrad San Diego Mesa College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,656 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

41 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,988. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend San Diego Mesa College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

2% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $3,392.

Finanical Aid San Diego Mesa College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,656 57%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $400 1%
Pell Grants $4,988 41%
Other Federal Grants $1,442 49%
State and Local Grants $1,844 55%
Federal Student Loans $3,392 2%
Other Student Loans $18,667 0%

Financial Aid Mix - $24,006 In-State Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,006. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

33% - $6,656

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

Federal Student Loans

17% - $3,392

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

Out of Pocket Cost

50% -  $10,034

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it really could cost you out of pocket to go to San Diego Mesa College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $17,012. The loan balance of $17,012 is a two year multiple of the $8,506 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 $185 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $22,154.99.

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 5.5%.

Example Loan $17,012
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $184.62
Total Interest Paid $5,142.99
Sum of All Loan Payments $22,154.99

Student Loan Affordability

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 San Diego Mesa College, should 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 $22,154.99 would be needed to afford a $184.62 monthly payment in the example $17,012.00 loan modeled above. This assumes a repayment over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below. View statistics about San Diego Mesa College student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price

Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $24,006 $30,302
2 $25,686 $32,423

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at San Diego Mesa College to be $48,012 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 2 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at San Diego Mesa College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $46 $138 $184
Out of State Residents $336 $1,008 $1,344

Estimated cost for a class at San Diego Mesa College 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 San Diego Mesa College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

San Diego Mesa College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical in-state and out-of-state tuition and price increases for San Diego Mesa College.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2021$1,104$8,472 0%
2020$1,104$8,064 0%
2019$1,104$7,440 0%
2018$1,104$6,984 0%
2017$1,104$5,856 0%
2016$1,104$5,856 0%
2015$1,104$4,632 0%
2014$1,104$5,736 0%
2013$1,104$5,664 27.8%
2012$864$5,256 38.5%
2011$624$5,016 -5.2%
2010$658$5,074 28.5%
2009$512$4,808 -12.6%
2008$586$4,498 -10.1%
2007$652$4,492 0.6%
2006$648$4,488 0%
2005$648$4,488 42.1%
2004$456$4,032 65.2%
2003$276$3,132 0%
2002$276$3,108 0.4%
2001$275$3,107 -8.3%
2000$300$3,132 -2.6%
1999$308$2,832 -7.2%
1998$332$2,856 0%
1997$332$2,856 0%
1996$332$2,856 4.7%
1995$317$2,856 1.6%
1994$312$2,520 -8.2%
1993$340$1,276 151.9%
1992$135$2,478 35%
1991$100$2,350 0%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122375 IPEDS survey data for San Diego Mesa College.