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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.

 

The COA for the 2020-21 school year is detailed below.

At Home/With Parents       

 Federal COA

 LTH* COA

 Books and Supplies

 $1,080

 $1,080

 Health Fees

 $40

 $40

 Enrollment Fees

 $1104

 $1,104

 Additional Fees Yr 3/4

 $0

 $0

 Food

 $2,634

 $0

 Housing

 $6,146

 $0

 Non-resident Tuition

 $0

 $0

 Personal Expenses

 $3,224

 $0

 Transportation

 $938

 $938

Total

$15,166

$3,162

 

Away from Home                

Federal COA

 LTH* COA

 Books and Supplies      

 $1,080

 $1,080

 Health Fees

 $40

 $40

 Enrollment Fees

 $1,104

 $1,104

 Additional Fees 3/4

 $0

 $0

 Food

 $5,146

 $0

 Housing

 $11,164

 $0

 Non-resident Tuition

 $0

 $0

 Personal Expenses

$3,225 

 $0

 Transportation

 $858

 $858

Total

$22,617

$3,082

 

*LTH = Less Than Half-Time

 

The COA for the 2019-20 school year is detailed below.

At Home/With Parents       

 Federal COA

 LTH* COA

 Books and Supplies

 $1,970

 $1,970

 Health Fees

 $40

 $40

 Enrollment Fees

 $1104

 $1,104

 Additional Fees Yr 3/4

 $0

 $0

 Food

 $2,036

 $0

 Housing

 $4,750

 $0

 Non-resident Tuition

 $0

 $0

 Personal Expenses

 $3,564

 $0

 Transportation

 $1,134

 $1,134

Total

$14,598

$4,248

 

Away from Home                

 Federal COA

 LTH* COA

 Books and Supplies      

 $1,970

 $1,970

 Health Fees

 $40

 $40

 Enrollment Fees

 $1,104

 $1,104

 Additional Fees 3/4

 $0

 $0

 Food

 $4,780

 $0

 Housing

 $10,306

 $0

 Non-resident Tuition

 $0

 $0

 Personal Expenses

$3,996 

 $0

 Transportation

 $1,278

 $1,278

Total

$23,474

$4,392

 

*LTH = Less Than Half-Time