Cost to Attend Baton Rouge Community College

Annual Total Cost

The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Louisiana residents to go to BRCC is $12,522 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $16,601. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $5,072.

Undergraduate Student Fees

Baton Rouge Community College tuition is $2,876 per year for in-state residents. This is 15% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,376. The cost is 61% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $7,402 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Louisiana amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 25th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,955 which represents a 142% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $996 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,872.

Housing Costs

Baton Rouge Community 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 Baton Rouge area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,450.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Baton Rouge Community College
Budget Item Cost
Louisiana Resident Total Cost (Living Off Campus)$12,522
   In-State Tuition$2,876
   Other Fees$996
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,450
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Louisiana Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$5,072
   In-State Tuition$2,876
   Other Fees$996
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $12,522 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported BRCC net price for in-state students $7,431* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of Baton Rouge Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,574. 57 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,465. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Baton Rouge Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Baton Rouge Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,431*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,574
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,465

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$6,747
$30,001 to $48,000$7,403
$48,001 to $75,000$9,567
$75,001 to $110,000$11,128

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,522. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

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

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

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Baton Rouge Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at BRCC is $25,044 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $8,502 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $17,004**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 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.

Other Costs

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Baton Rouge Community College.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,438
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,261
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,478
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,300

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour

basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Baton Rouge Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Baton Rouge Community College
Price per credit hour for Louisiana residents$120
Cost for one class for Louisiana residents (3 credit hours)$360
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$324
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$972
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,296

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 43% of Baton Rouge Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,032.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Baton Rouge Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $17,004, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $20,941.26. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Baton Rouge Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,502. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Baton Rouge Community College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Baton Rouge Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$174.51
Amount Borrowed$17,004.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,937.26
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$20,941.26

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend BRCC? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. 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 Baton Rouge Community College, you need to carefully 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 $20,941.26 would be needed to afford a $174.51 monthly payment in the example $17,004.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Baton Rouge Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,112 to $2,876. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $25,044.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Baton Rouge Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$16,381$32,762
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$20,907$41,814
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $26,683$53,366
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $30,889$61,778

Tuition History

What was tuition at BRCC five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$1,938$4,746 2.9%
2009$1,884$4,692 5.2%
2008$1,791$4,599 0%
2007$1,791$4,599 0%
2006$1,791$4,599 24.4%
2005$1,440$4,236 93.5%
2004$744$2,076 1.6%
2003$732$1,872 24.5%
2002$588$1,812 0%
2001$588$1,812 11.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Baton Rouge Community College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Baton Rouge Community College or model a student loan.

About Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge Community College is a two year community college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 4,155 and part time is 3,585.  Baton Rouge Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Baton Rouge Community College
201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge Community College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

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