Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office establishes a standard cost of attendance each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. The cost of attendance is the maximum you can receive in financial aid (grants, loans & scholarships). These budgets reflect typical "modest but adequate" expenses for the Reno/Sparks area.

The cost of attendance is also known as the student budget. It includes estimated amounts for tuition and fees; books and supplies; and room and board, plus a modest allowance for personal/miscellaneous expenses. In other words, it is what it might cost you for eight months of enrollment and could include everything from toothpaste, pizza on the weekends, tuition, pens, books, and a trip home for the holidays. It is not the true cost, nor is it the amount of any check you'll have to write to TMCC.

The actual cost would be determined by your individual lifestyle and spending choices. Budgets are adjusted on an individual basis for enrollment status, residency status, and specific programs of study (such as Nursing). If any budget element is not correct as listed on your official TMCC Offer Letter, please see a Financial Aid officer during our drop-in hours. We encourage you to create a spending plan or budget to help you be realistic about your spending and be wise with your funds.

Estimated 2019-2020 Academic Year Budgets (2 semesters)

Resident
Off-Campus
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition & Fees $3,578 $2,624 $1,908 $1,193
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $14,779 $14,779 $14,779 $0
Personal $2,423 $2,423 $2,423 $0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $24,200 $22,392 $20,820 $2,049
Resident
With Parent
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition & Fees $3,578 $2,624 $1,908 $1,193
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $4,859 $4,859 $4,859 0
Personal $894 $894 $894 0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $12,751 $10,943 $9,371 $2,049
Non-Resident
Off-Campus
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition $10,768 $9,814 $9,098 $2,320
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $14,779 $14,779 $14,779 0
Personal $2,423 $2,423 $2,423 0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $31,390 $29,582 $28,010 $3,176
Non-Resident
With Parent
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition $10,768 $9,814 $9,098 $2,320
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $4,859 $4,859 $4,859 0
Personal $894 $894 $894 0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $19,941 $18,133 $16,561 $3,176
Good-Neighbor*
Off-Campus
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition $5,724 $4,198 $3,053 $1,908
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $14,779 $14,779 $14,779 0
Personal $2,423 $2,423 $2,423 0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $26,346 $23,966 $21,965 $2,764
Good-Neighbor*
With Parent
Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time <1/2 Time
Tuition $5,724 $4,198 $3,053 $1,908
Books/Supplies $1,286 $965 $643 $322
Room/Board $4,859 $4,859 $4,859 0
Personal $894 $894 $894 0
Transportation $2,134 $1,601 $1,067 $534
TOTAL $14,897 $12,517 $10,516 $2,764

* Note: the Good Neighbor discount is no longer offered. Continuing students may continue to receive the Good Neighbor discount if continually enrolled. Students may instead be eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE); for more information, contact Admissions and Records.

Tuition and Fees

  • The rates listed above for tuition are estimated at 30 credits for full-time (15 credits per semester), 22 credits for three quarter-time, 16 credits for half-time and 10 credits for less than half time.
  • Tuition and fees may be higher or lower; please review the TMCC College Catalog: Tuition and Fees for most current information.
  • For residency questions: contact Admissions and Records.

Room and Board

You are assigned one of two student budgets based on living arrangements as reported on the FAFSA.

  1. Off-Campus: The Reno/Sparks communities offer many options for living arrangements.
  2. With Parent/Relative: If you live at home and commute to campus for classes, you reduce your overall costs significantly. An allowance for room and board of $3,369 for the academic year is included in the student budget if you live at home.

Books and Supplies

Costs may vary by program, course load, and specific course requirements. You may be able to reduce your costs significantly by buying used books, buying books only as they are needed, or using the TMCC library.

Personal and Miscellaneous

This category represents all other student expenses that are allowable by federal financial aid regulations-transportation, clothes and laundry, personal hygiene, and entertainment. It is the most variable and individualized component of any student's budget. Personal spending can make or break a college budget! It is suggested that you track your expenditures, set up an allowance for expenditures, and stick to your budget. Keep in mind, if you live off-campus, you will save money by having roommates. Also remember the four C's-cars, clothes, credit cards and cell phones-can bust your budget!

Budget Increase Requests

A Budget Increase may be requested for medical/dental bills not covered by insurance; a one-time computer purchase; costs related to a documented disability; and child care. All expenses must occur during the current academic year and be documented. If the increase is approved, your eligibility will be reevaluated, and if possible, additional aid may be offered. For a budget increase please see a Financial Aid Officer during drop-in hours.