Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses

An estimate of the total expenses, including tuition and fees, medical insurance, textbooks and supplies, room and board, is about $20,000.  This is the minimum requirement needed to apply for the El Camino College program.  

Please see below for an explanation of estimated expenses:


Attending El Camino College for the first two years of instruction is a great way to save money a college education in the United States while recieving quality learning! One semester unit is $316.  F-1 visa students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units to maintain status.  This means that you will pay $3,792 per semester for 12 units.

Total amount of tuition and fees is $7,584 per academic year or 12 semester units  x 2 academic semesters = 24 semester-units.

In addition to tuition, textbooks and supplies may range from $250 to $400 for each semester. Room and board expenses vary depending upon the type of housing chosen, but may be estimated for the 10-month school year at $8,500 in South Bay area. One should expect to pay about $700 per 6 months or $1,400 per calendar year (12 months) for mandatory medical insurance.

Students who have their own car must carry automobile liability insurance. Auto insurance costs vary depending upon the age of driver and the year, make and model of the vehicle.


Estimated Tuition & Fees Per Semester*
El Camino Community College
2017-2018 Academic Year

Does not include textbooks, living expenses or housing costs**

Tuition & Fees Per Unit
(minimum 12 units per semester)

             $3,792.00 (12 units)             

Health Fee


Student Representative Fee


Health Insurance Fee
(per semester)


Total Tuition and Fees for 12 units
(one semester)