How to Figure Out How Much One College Class Costs


College students often take a college class without a specific degree in mind or to further their education for either career or personal interests. For instance, an individual out of work may decide to take a computer class to help her land an office job. Locating the cost of a college class entails determining the class you plan to take and locating the college's tuition fee, which is based on credit hours.

Things You'll Need

  • College course list

In Person

  • Visit the college campus. Go to the admissions office.

  • Request a copy of the school's course catalog. It provides a list of the courses offered for the quarter or semester you plan to attend.

  • Pick a course from the catalog. Since the cost of tuition is based on the number of credit hours, picking the course first gives you the exact amount.

  • Ask the admissions' office personnel what the tuition cost is per credit hour. Also, request a list of the fees required, such as facility and building fees.

  • Multiply the number of hours the course covers by the per-hour tuition. For example, if tuition is $90 per credit hour and the class is a 3 hour credit course, the total tuition is $270 plus the fees.


  • Visit the college's website. Click on the link for "Future Students."

  • Locate the link to the college course catalog. Generally, it opens in as separate webpage or pdf file.

  • Find the class in the catalog you plan to take. Then, locate the list, also found in the catalog, indicating the cost of tuition per-hour and the fees required by the college.

  • Multiply the class hours by the hourly tuition. Then, add the fees required by the college.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the catalog is not listed online, call the admissions office and get details regarding the class you want to take, including the number of hours. Call the campus bookstore and ask how much the book costs for the class to get a total.
  • Choose the most current class schedule list and tuition fee schedule, since tuition is subject to change.

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