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Cost of Attendance

What is cost of attendance (COA)?

COA is the amount it will cost a student to go to school. Most two-year and four-year colleges calculate their COA to show the total cost for the school year (for instance, for the fall semester plus the spring semester). Schools with programs that last a different period of time (for instance, an 18-month certificate program) might show a COA that covers a time period other than a year. If you are attending school at least half-time, the COA is the estimate of tuition and fees, cost of room and board (or living expenses), cost of books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and miscellaneous expenses (including a reasonable amount for the documented cost of a personal computer), allowance for child care or other dependent care, costs related to a disability, and reasonable costs for eligible study-abroad programs.

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Net Price Calculator (NPC)

The San Diego City College NPC is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance - including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses - minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year. To use the NPC, click visit Net Price Calculator. The NPC works better using Google Chrome.