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Cost of Attendance

Pima Community College is one of the most affordable schools in Arizona for earning associate degrees and certificates. Financial aid, veterans benefits and scholarships can help cover tuition and fees and course materials. Pima also has a payment plan option available to most students.

Pima offers high quality education with an affordable cost of attendance compared to for-profit institutions and Arizona state universities, . 

A bar graph comparing the 2-year tuition cost between for-profit institutions in Tucson* ($31,713), Arizona state universities* ($23,967) and Pima ($4,500)
Average net price for a full-time beginning student over two academic years

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, based on 2019-20 Academic Year tuition and fees

* Arizona School of Nursing-Tucson, Arizona School of Integrative Studies, Brookline College-Tucson, Carrington College, HDS Truck Driving Institute and Pima Medical Institute-Tucson

† University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University

Understand the Full Cost of Attendance

Pima’s lower cost of tuition is among the reasons many students choose to attend, but it is important for students to understand the full cost of attendance, beyond just tuition.

The cost of attendance is what the College estimates it will take for you to attend Pima for one year, including direct and indirect expenses.

  1. Direct: Costs associated with going to school like tuition, fees, books and supplies.
  2. Indirect: Costs associated with living, such as room and board, personal expenses and transportation. Loan fees, if applicable, are included in indirect costs.

The cost of attendance is also important for financial aid recipients because it is used to determine your financial aid eligibility. It is the maximum the college can award you in the various types of financial aid.

If you have expenses beyond those incorporated into cost of attendance (COA), we may be able to increase your COA and award additional aid (usually additional student loans if you have not met the yearly limit). Call 520-206-4950 to begin this process. 

2021-2022 Cost of Attendance

Below are figures to help you compare the cost of attendance. All figures are estimates. They can vary from student to student depending on your personal situation.

Your personal cost of attendance can be found on MyPima.

Part-time (6 credits)

Full-time (12 credits)

Direct Costs

Books & Supplies

960

1,920

Tuition & Fees

1,510

2,250

Indirect Costs

Loan Fees

100

100

Personal

1,200

1,200

Room & Board

4,940

4,940

Transportation

1,900

1,900

TOTAL

$10,610

$12,310


Part-time (6 credits)

Full-time (12 credits)

Direct Costs

Books & Supplies

960

1,920

Tuition & Fees

1,510

2,250

Indirect Costs

Loan Fees

100

100

Personal

1,200

1,200

Room & Board

9,880

9,880

Transportation

1,900

1,900

TOTAL

$15,550

$17,250

Part-time (6 credits)

Full-time (12 credits)

Direct Costs

Books & Supplies

960

1,920

Tuition & Fees

5,054

7,566

Indirect Costs

Loan Fees

100

100

Personal

1,200

1,200

Room & Board

9,880

9,880

Transportation

2,960

2,960

TOTAL

$20,154

$23,626

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator provides an estimate of what you will pay when attending Pima, based on your specific circumstances.

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

Learn how to access your personal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet and compare costs with other colleges & universities

78% of new Pima full-time degree- or certificate-seeking students who received a Pell Grant in Fall 2019. (Pell Grants are federal financial aid that does not have to be paid back.)


58% of transfer students enrolled at the University of Arizona who came from Pima in Fall 2020.


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