Riverside City College
Riverside, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
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< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Books and Supplies
Tuition Payment Plan
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Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Students receiving state aid
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Students receiving federal aid
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Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
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Students receiving federal loans
Average Federal Loans Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Loan Default Rate
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

What Students Are Saying

3.02 Average Rating
Riverside City College is just an affordable community college that new students should take advantage of. Who can say no to a nice campus, student life, great classes and teachers all while saving thousands of dollars.
Delfino from San Bernardino, CA
RCC offers lower tuition fees than 4 year colleges.
Erin from Moreno Valley, CA
Great price for education. Most of the professors at RCC have their PHD's and you receive the same level of education you probably would in the first two years of most four year colleges.
Stephen from Riverside, CA
The cost per unit is very awesome. Though I believe it is being changed to $36 a unit, that is a great savings when compared to universities down the way. An average class will cost you 108 with this new change in mind. Student fees are $36 a semester, but this includes free health services, snacks on Tuesday and being able to use your id card as a bus pass. The food is alright in prices, more than in the stores but kind of reasonable if you need something now. Textbooks get up there, I had a math book that was around $194.50. But look on Craigslist or order them early from Amazon.com as you can find them much cheaper. You can also rent them for half price. When it comes time to sell them, sell them to student for around 75% of what you paid. There are areas to post flyers and don't sell to the bookstore, they will by them for less than 40% of what you paid originally.
Khallid from Riverside, CA
Financial aid is very helpful and they will assist you with your classes even though you don't qualify for a pell grant.
Adriana from Perris, CA
As a college student you will spend a lot of money on books, school supplies, and of course classes. At RCC they make it really easy to apply for scholarships and financial aid if you need to. They have a low cost to books and class credits.
Avonlea from Corona, CA
For a community college it had the traditional low prices, although they have raised them in the past years because of budget cuts the prices are still significantly lower than your traditional university.
Elizabeth from Moreno Valley, CA
as i mentioned earlier, for only 26 bucks a unit right now its worth the money to stay home for a year, save your money until you can go to the school of your dreams. that is what i am doing right now. i plan on going to the Culinary Institute of America after i get my associates degree. also as i mentioned earlier one of my math teachers was also a teacher at UCR. meaning that i am getting the same education as the university twenty minuets down the free way, but for much cheaper. i would really recommend RCC for your first two years, at least one year of college. also there are many free services on campus. there is a free nurse, psychologist and counseling on campus. the only thing expensive about this school are the books! if you buy all of your books brand new from the book store you would spend more money on the books than the actually class! you can find out what books you need for your classes after you register at the online sight for the bookstore, then you can go to chegg.com and rent your books for almost a fourth of the cost! plus chegg lets you plant a tree somewhere in the world for your good doings!
Farryn from Moreno Valley, CA
I'm not sure if the cost per unit has changed from $26, but if the price has not changed then a loaded 18 units comes out to only $468 a semester. I'm about to transfer to a 4-year university where the semester costs about 4 times that. So the price for RCC is definitely not ridiculous when looked at in context. You can also apply for the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) which actually waives the cost of units every semester (something that I used and saved tons of money with).
Emilio from Riverside, CA
The life that surrounds Riverside City College is unforgettable. It leaves a feeling of pride to be apart of a community that supports the success of its alumni. Pictures throughout the hall embrace the graduates who transferred pr graduated from this college. It is certainly a place to hold high as an institution.
Albert from Riverside, CA

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