Estimated Cost of Attendance

Based upon 2012-2013 Academic year (August-May)

Tuition and Fees* (Fees are subject to change without prior notification)
Estimated cost for 12 academic units which is the minimum requirement for international students each fall and spring semester ($231 x 12 units x 2 semesters)
Room and Board
Estimated cost for $700 per month for host family placement for 9 months, plus $350 per month for additional food, plus additional $650 for supplies.  Visit our Housing Information webpage for information on how to find a host family placement service.   
Transportation ($44 x 9 months)
Estimated for cost of monthly public bus pass with a MiraCosta student I.D. card. 
Health insurance
Health insurance fee is MANDATORY for all international students.
Estimated cost of textbooks for one academic year.

F-1 visa regulations require international students to show proof of financial support for a minimum of one year. This estimate show a MINIMUM AMOUNT students and sponsors must be prepared to pay for each year a student is attending school. Actual expenses will depend upon housing options, number of classes students take, and personal spending habits. While attending MiraCosta College, students are expected to continue to pay all expenses --- educational and personal to maintain F-1 visa status. 

Registration and payment of fees/financial resources:

Comparison of Tuition and Application Fees at Community Colleges

  MiraCosta College Butte College Diablo Valley College Pasadena City College Santa Barbara City College Santa Monica College
Per Unit Tuition $231 $246 $247 $253 $258 $249
Application Fee $0 $0 $50 $40 $50 $75

MiraCosta charges lower per unit tuition than most community college in California and is one of only a few colleges that does not charge an application fee.