Student Budgets

How Much Does It Cost to Attend Saddleback College?

When we use the word “Budget,” we mean the amount of money that will see a student through a year of school at a modest, but adequate, standard of living.

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A budget does not and, indeed, cannot take into consideration all of the situations in which people find themselves, and it presumes mature consumer choices on your part. If, for example, you have payments to make on a car, it may be that you will have to share an apartment with other students in order to keep your expenses down. Or perhaps you might prefer to bike to school and thus have more money for other things. In any event, you must choose what is important to you; consumer choices are not reflected in the budgets which follow.
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Cost of Attendance — 2021-2022 Academic Year

6 or more units
Living with Parent(s)
Away from Parent(s) 
4.5 months
1 semester
9 months
2 semesters
12 months
3 semesters
4.5 months
1 semester
9 months
2 semesters 
12 months
3 semesters
Fees $666.00 $1,332.00 $1,994.00 $666.00 $1,332.00 $1,992.00
Books/Supplies $562.00 $1,124.00 $1,686.00 $562.00 $1,124.00 $1,686.00
Food/Housing $4,541.00 $9,082.00 $13,192.00 $8,338.00 $17, 254.00 $23,005.00
Personal/Misc. $1,992.00 $3,844.00 $5,125.00 $1,992.00 $3,884.00 $5,125.00
Transportation $500.00 $1000.00 $1,333.00 $500.00 $1000.00 $1,144.00


  1. Nonresident Tuition:  $258.00 per unit.
  2. Child Care:  Based on actual expenses while school is in session.
  3. Budgets may be adjusted for documented extraordinary circumstances.
  4. All fees and tuition are subject to change without notice.


Financial aid must be used only for approved educational expenses at Saddleback College during the enrollment period. Approved allowances that are included in the standard financial aid budget include “direct” costs such as tuition, mandatory fees, and books. Other costs that may be considered are “indirect” costs such as room and board (rent, food, utilities, household supplies), transportation (bus fare, gas, emergency vehicle repairs), and personal/miscellaneous. Pre-existing debts and conditions will not be considered as an expense.

Financial aid is available to assist eligible students by minimizing the financial burden of attending college. It is intended to assist, NOT REPLACE, resources needed to meet the cost of education. It is intended to pay for expenses that are incurred as a result of going to college and not intended to pay for day-to-day living expenses.

For information on how to establish a budget and how to manage your finances effectively click here.

Financial aid funds MAY not be available at the beginning of each semester due to grade posting and/or processing timeline to determine student’s eligibility. Students are encouraged to be prepared to pay from their own resources books & supplies.