San diego & Imperial counties

Paying for college

Before worrying about how you are going to pay for college, make sure you know which one you want to attend. The good news is, the 10 community colleges in San Diego and Imperial Counties are the least expensive in the nation. If you are a California resident, Career Education training is just $46 per unit. If you are a not a California resident, each community college district has different fees for out-of-state residents. Contact the admissions office of the college you are interested in attending to get the specific payment requirements and options.

Keep in mind there are other costs associated with Career Education, including books, supplies, transportation, food and housing, but we work to remove or reduce financial barriers.

Some ways costs can be lowered include applying for federal and state aid, which can include grants, loans, work study opportunities or fee waivers.

For each school listed below, click on the links to see if you qualify for these options.

Cuyamaca College
Grossmont College
Imperial Valley College
MiraCosta College 
Palomar College 
San Diego City College 
San Diego Mesa College 
San Diego Miramar College 
Southwestern College 

Cal Grant C awards may help you pay a portion of your occupational, technical, or vocational programs books and supplies expenses. Learn more

To qualify, you must be a California Resident (as determined by the Residency Office), completed the FAFSA or Dream Act by the State March 2 deadline and be enrolled in a program that is at least four months long. Eligibility to the program is determined by the California Student Aid Commission and if eligible, funding is available for up to two years, depending on the length of your program.

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