Coastline Community College

11460 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, CA

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Coastline Community College, located in Fountain Valley, California, was founded in 1976 with the intention of providing distance learning options for residents within the Coast Community College District. The school is one of 112 that comprise the California Community College System, which operates two year institutions throughout the state and is the largest such system in terms of size, number of schools and enrollment in the United States. The school serves the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Seal Beach and Fountain Valley. The school is primarily a distance learning institution, but offers on site courses through three mini campuses located in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Westminster, with full programs through campuses offered by the school's sister colleges, Orange Coast College and Golden West College.


Coastline Community College offers distance learning options and was the first institution to provide a complete program that could be complete through the use of a Pocket PC. Today programs are accessible through various means, including tablets, computers, and cell phones. Individuals may choose the type of program they will pursue, be it for academic transfer or career training. Academic transfer programs allow students to pursue a bachelor's degree by first completing the first two years of that education at the community college. Once completed, students will apply for transfer to a college or university to continue their education. Transfer to a University of California or California State University system school is made easier through agreements in place that  guarantee admission if certain requirements are met.

Career training programs allow students to receive an education in a specific field or industry with the intention of seeking employment upon completion of the program. Given that's some programs require hands on training for specific skills, individuals may be required to attend classes at one of the three physical locations in order to complete their education. A programs can take between one and two years to complete, and results in a degree or certificate upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals interested in enrollment at Coastline Community College must submit a completed application and pay all associated fees. The school is an open enrollment institution, and as such admits any student eighteen years of age or older, students who have completed high school or equivalent, and students that have completed tenth grade and received permission from their principal. Students are asked to provide transcripts and test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are also encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss enrollment options.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is awarded based on need which is determined by the school through the use of information provided by the student in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the extent of need is determined the school will see which programs the student qualifies for and construct an aid packet that allows the student affordable access to education. Aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year and forms should be submitted early to ensure funds are disbursed in a timely manner.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $5,500-$6,653
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $230-$280 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid80%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships80%$4,600
Receiving Student Loans16%$6,656

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Coastline Community College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Orange County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 Coastline Community CollegeOrange CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate16.4%29.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate16.4%15.2%13.8%

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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