Cost of Attendance

2012 - 2013 Student Budget [Cost of Attendance]

How Is Financial Need Determined?
The federal government standardizes the exact calculations used to determine Expected Family Contribution. This means that your contribution would be assessed in the same way no matter what school you attended. Actual awards can vary by school because of the differences in cost. The methodology used can be explained with the following calculation:

Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

San Diego Mesa College 2012-2013 Student Budgets
(Cost of Attendance)

Since these are standard budgets, they do not represent the actual costs each student will spend. They do, however, represent the maximum aid that can be awarded a student at San Diego Mesa College. It is strongly encouraged that students develop their own budgets before beginning school.

California Resident Living Away From Home Two Semesters
(Fall and Spring) More Than Half Time (6 units+)*

California Resident Living at Home/with parents
Expenses One Semester Academic Year (9 months)
Tuition & Fees $552.00 $1,104.00
Books & Supplies $832.00 $1,665.00
Food $660.00 $1,320.00
Housing $1,540.00 $3,081.00
Transportation $585.00 $1,170.00
Personal Expenses $1,552.00 $3,105.00
Total Budget $5,721.00 $11,445.00
California Resident Living Away from Home/not with parents
Expenses One Semester Academic Year (9 months)
Tuition & Fees $552.00 $1,104.00
Books & Supplies $832.00 $1,665.00
Food $1,782.00 $3,564.00
Housing $3,699.00 $7,398.00
Transportation $657.00 $1,314.00
Personal Expenses $1,422.00 $2,844.00
Total Budget $8,944.00 $17,889.00
Non-California Residents Living at Home/with parents
Expenses One Semester Academic Year (9 months)
Tuition* $2,196.00 $4,392.00
Fees $552.00 $1,104.00
Books & Supplies $832.00 $1,665.00
Food $660.00 $1,320.00
Housing $1,540.00 $3,081.00
Transportation $585.00 $1,170.00
Personal Expenses $1,552.00 $3,105.00
Total Budget $7,917.00 $15,837.00

*Based on 12 units per semester

Non-California Resident Living Away from Home/not with parents
Expenses One Semester Academic Year (9 months)
Tuition* 2,196.00 $4,392.00
Fees $552.00 $1,104.00
Books & Supplies $832.00 $1,665.00
Food $1,782.00 $3,564.00
Housing $3,699.00 $7,398.00
Transportation $657.00 $1,314.00
Personal Expenses $1,422.00 $2,844.00
Total Budget $11,140.00 $22,281.00

ACTUAL ENROLLEMENT LEVELS:

  • FULL-TIME = 12 units
  • THREE QUARTERS TIME = 9 units
  • HALF-TIME = 6 units
  • LESS THAN HALF-TIME = Less Than 6 units