Palomar College

Public, 2-4 Years School Located in San Marcos, CA

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How much is the Palomar tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Palomar's tuition & fees is $1,354 for California residents and $10,650 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $29,704 for California residents and $39,000 for out-of-state students when a student lives off-campus.

Palomar Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,354
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$10,650
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
Off-campus Room & Board$22,338
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Estimates
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,364
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,411

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to 2-4 years schools nationwide, Palomar' tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, 2-4 years colleges in California, its tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $13,259.
Palomar College$1,354$10,650
U.S. 2-4 Years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California 2-4 Years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Palomar and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, 2-4 years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Palomar CollegeSan Marcos, CA$1,354$10,650
City College of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA$1,696$14,656
Mt San Antonio CollegeWalnut, CA$1,364$10,212
Mt San Jacinto Community College DistrictSan Jacinto, CA$1,406$11,276
Sacramento City CollegeSacramento, CA$1,288$12,808
San Joaquin Delta CollegeStockton, CA$1,288$9,072
Sierra CollegeRocklin, CA$1,156$9,988
San Bernardino Valley CollegeSan Bernardino, CA$1,185$10,017

Financial Aid and COA

At Palomar College, 8,911 students (48%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $4,812.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Palomar is $34,188 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,349 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $5,896 and the average amount of student loans is $2,995.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (off-campus)$29,704$39,000
Tuition & Fees$1,354$10,650
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$28,350$28,350
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,892$34,188
Average Financial Aid$4,812$4,812
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship8,91148%$4,812
Pell Grants3,03316%$3,915
Federal Student Loan991%$4,561
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,34980%-
Grants or Scholarships1,34580%$5,896
Federal Grants91254%$5,973
Pell Grants51931%$5,167
Other Federal Grants84150%$3,289
State/Local Grants1,32079%$1,880
Institutional Grants0--
Student Loan Aid4-$2,995
Federal Student Loans4-$2,995
Other Student Loans0--
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level506506$8,143
110,001 or more00-

Student Population

Palomar College has a total of 17,655 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 8,950 male students and 8,616 female students attending Palomar. The school offers online degree programs and 5,669 students enrolled online exclusively (32.11% of all students).
Undergraduate17,566 8,9508,616

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA
Degree & Programs
Program Offered222 Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population17,655
Graduation Rate30%
Transfer-out Rate8%
Retention Rate66% (Full-time), 43% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate21 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties283 (Full-time), 613 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs740 (Full-time), 625 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$102,794
Average Staff Salary$85,090