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Students are required to pay fees at the time of enrollment in classes. Any debt will result in denial of further enrollment privileges and withholding of services, such as transcript requests and enrollment verifications.

Enrollment fees are subject to change as directed by the California Legislature. All other fees are subject to change as directed either by the California Legislature or by the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees in accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. 

Detailed information about fees, financial aid, and scholarships can be found in each semester's class schedule, in the Financial Aid Office (located in Building 3000 of the Oceanside Campus), and at

Enrollment Fee

MiraCosta College is required by state law to charge each student a per-unit enrollment fee for credit classes. 

  • California residents currently pay $46 per credit unit.  
  • International students and non-California residents currently pay an additional $304 per credit unit for a total enrollment fee of $350 per unit. (Please see Admissions Information for residency requirements.)

High school students who are concurrently enrolled part-time are not required to pay the enrollment fee. Non-resident students (except those students with non-immigrant visas) may be eligible to have their non-resident tuition waived.

Instructional Materials Fee

Some courses require a materials fee as a condition of enrollment in a class. When required, this fee is noted in the course description. The fee is used to purchase materials such as tools, equipment, and clothing that not only are necessary for achieving the respective course's objectives but also have a continuing value to the student outside of the classroom setting. 

Textbook Costs

Most credit courses require students to provide their own textbooks, lab manuals, and workbooks, which can cost upwards of $150 per class unless the class section is designated as Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or Low Textbook Cost (LTC). ZTC classes typically use no-cost digital textbooks, online resources, and homework systems, and they may have optional print texts and other required materials, such as lab supplies, a calculator, or test forms, that are not free. LTC-designated classes use course materials that may be purchased new for $40 or less at the MiraCosta College bookstore. You can see a list of all ZTC and LTC classes MiraCosta offers at, and you can search for them in SURF where they are marked with the following logos: 

Note: While the college strives to ensure the accuracy of ZTC and LTC designations, under some circumstances, faculty may have to adjust the selection of instructional materials, which can affect course material costs. Additionally, when the college must change an instructor originally assigned to a class, the replacement instructor is not obligated to use free or low-cost course materials selected by the original instructor.

Textbooks, lab manuals, workbooks, and other course materials for classes taught online or at the Oceanside Campus can be rented or purchased from the Oceanside Campus bookstore; course materials for classes taught at the San Elijo Campus can be rented or purchased from the San Elijo Campus bookstore (see Books for classes taught at the Community Learning Center (CLC) must be purchased or rented at the CLC bookstore. 

Students are encouraged to participate in the bookstore's textbook rental, used book, and book buy-back programs. Students who need assistance paying for books should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine their eligibility for financial aid, book grants, or book loans.

Health Services Fee

All students enrolled in credit courses and taking any number of units at the Oceanside Campus, San Elijo Campus, or Community Learning Center are required to pay a state-mandated health services fee. This fee is currently $19 per semester. The fee covers the cost of secondary student accident insurance and helps fund the operational expenses of the Health Services Center.

Students enrolled in credit courses conducted at other locations must also pay the health services fee. However, companies or school districts that arrange for MiraCosta to conduct classes at off-site locations may request a waiver of the health services fee by providing proof of accident insurance. Arrangements for a fee waiver need to be made with the Office of Instruction when off-site class negotiations are conducted.

The following students are not required to pay the health services fee:

  • Students studying abroad.
  • Students participating in an approved apprenticeship training program.
  • Students enrolled in noncredit courses. (They may choose to pay the fee if they want to use and benefit from the health and medical services that the Health Services Office provides.)
  • Students who depend exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization. (These students must present documentary evidence of their affiliation with a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization.)

Parking Fees

All student vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Parking/Campus Police Office, and vehicles not displaying a parking permit will be ticketed. A parking fee is charged for registration of each vehicle each semester with some exceptions, which are listed in the class schedule, and the fee varies with the type of vehicle:

  • Four-wheel vehicle (hang tag or sticker): $35 per semester
  • Motorcycle, motor-driven two-wheel vehicle (sticker): $17.50 per semester

Daily parking permit machines are located on all three campuses. San Elijo and Oceanside Campus permits may be purchased for $1 and the Community Learning Center campus permits may be purchased for $ .50 All visitors must purchase a permit to park on campus Monday through Saturday.

The Parking/Campus Police Office is located in Parking Lot 1A on the Oceanside Campus and on the east side of the entrance to the San Elijo Campus. Upon request, the office will provide a copy of all the rules and regulations that pertain to parking on campus. Students who violate the college's parking rules and regulations are subject to citations and fines.

Student Center Fee

A Student Center fee of $1 per credit unit with a maximum of $10 per academic year (summer through spring) is charged to students enrolled in on-campus credit classes at the San Elijo or Oceanside Campus. This fee is waived for students who provide the Financial Aid Office with documentation of their participation in AFDC/TANF, SSI, or General Relief.

Student Representation Fee

Education Code requires community colleges to collect a student representation fee of $2 at the time of registration to support student advocacy both locally and statewide.

Student Identification Card Fee (optional)

The student identification (ID) card, known as the Spartan Pass, is available for all students, including noncredit and credit students, and provides many benefits on and off campus. For example, the Spartan Pass offers many discounts, including savings at retail shops, restaurants, museums, sporting events, and travel. 

The funds received from the purchase of Spartan Passes go back to serving the students by allocating $5 to the Associated Student Government and $1 to the Chariot News Media. This money is then used to offer events, activities, ASG stipends and scholarships, and news publications for the MiraCosta College community. 

Students can pay for their Spartan Pass in SURF or at the Cashier’s office. Then students can request their Spartan Pass by visiting and completing the “Spartan Pass/ Nursing ID Card Application.” 

Transcript Fees

Two transcripts are provided to each student without cost. Additional copies cost $5 each. An additional $2 processing fee is charged for transcripts ordered online.

California Veteran Dependent Exemption

The basic benefit is the waiver of tuition and required incidental fees at a California community college, California State University, or University of California. Dependents who may be eligible for this benefit include the following:

  • A child or surviving spouse of a veteran who died in the line of duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.
  • A child or spouse of a totally disabled, service-connected veteran.
  • A child of a veteran who has applied for a service-connected disability, has received a rating of zero or more percent, and falls within the income guidelines.

Contact the MiraCosta College Veterans Services Office (760.757.2121 x6285), the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, or the California Department of Veterans Affairs (916.503.8397) for information about how to apply for this college fee waiver.

Penalty for Dishonored Checks

A $10 penalty is levied for every check dishonored by the bank and returned to the college. This penalty is in addition to any and all other fees, fines, and charges.

A $10 processing fee is charged for a clearance of a HOLD that has been put on a student's record.

Delinquent Debt Collection Charge

Each student is responsible for paying all fees for a term or session. If the California Legislature changes the fees, the student is responsible for any fee increase for classes that remain on or are added to the student schedule. When fees are not paid, the fees owed are past due and subject to the collections process. If a delinquent debt is sent to collections, a reasonable collection cost of up to 25 percent may be added to the balance owed. Delinquent accounts may also be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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