So how much financial aid will you really need?
California residents currently pay $46 per unit for community college courses. A California resident who enrolls in 12 units is considered a full-time student; that student would pay $46 x 12 units, or $552 per semester. Students who are not California residents are charged out-of-state tuition in addition to the enrollment fee. Out-of-state tuition rates are set by each community college district but are generally between $140 and $400 per unit. You should contact the admissions office of the college you are interested in attending to get the specific out-of-state tuition rates.
Other college costs include books, supplies, transportation, food and housing. Some colleges also charge for class materials and add fees for things like health services, parking and student government. Although California’s community colleges are the least expensive all-around colleges in the nation, the costs can add up. Financial aid helps make sure that no one with the determination to succeed in higher education is left out because of money.