2022-2023 Cost of Attendance

College of the Desert, Financial Aid Office uses the cost of attendance (COA) when evaluating/awarding a student's financial aid. The Cost of Attendance is known as the student's "budget." It represents a school's best estimate of the costs a student will acquire during an academic year.

The Cost of Attendance listed the estimated expenses for a nine-month academic year. Actual costs may vary. All values below are for enrollment statuses of 1/2 time and greater. Each COA is determined by the district/Chancellor's Office every academic year.

Typical Student Budget

Cost of attendance for residents and non-residents either living at home or away from home, excluding students from AZ.
9 - MONTH BUDGETS At Home
Resident /
Non-Resident
Away from Home
Resident /
Non-Resident
Enrollment Fees $1,288 / $9,100 $1,288 / $9,100
Health Fees $38 / $38 $38 / $38
Books and Supplies $1,152 / $1,152 $1,152 / $1,152
Food and Housing $9,360 / $9,360 $17,784 / $17,784
Transportation $1,026/ $1,026 $936/ $936
Personal/Misc. $3,348 / $3,348 $3,924 / $3,924
Totals: $16,212/ $24,024 $25,122 / $32,934

Arizona Resident Student Budget

Cost of attendance for AZ residents either living at home or away from home.
9 - MONTH BUDGETS At Home Away from Home
Enrollment Fees $3,864 $3,864
Health Fees $38 $38
Books and Supplies $1,152 $1,152
Food and Housing $9,360 $17,784
Transportation $1,026 $936
Personal/Misc. $3,348 $3,924
Totals: $18,788 $27,698

For additional information on costs for attending COD or other California Community Colleges please use the Net Price Calculator on the Chancellor's Office website.