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Palo Verde College

One College Drive, Blythe, CA

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If you want to get started in school, but aren't ready to shell out $7,500 a year, Palo Verde College may be the place for you.  Located in Riverside County in Southern California, PVC offers California residents a less expensive start.  Counselors will assist you in obtaining a two-year Associate in Science degree or transfer to a California State school, the University of California, or a private institution.

Classes are less than $50 per unit for in-state students and about $100 for Arizona residents because of a special Guest Agreement.  Out of state students will pay around $230 per unit.  Most classes are 3 or 4 units and tuition is collected at the beginning of each semester.

PVC is located near the Arizona/California border where the temperature tops 90°(f) most days.  PVC is situated in the Sonoran Desert near the Colorado River.  The school opened in 1947 with just 17 students and as of the latest reporting date, there were over 2,600.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services helps to retain high-risk students such as those who have language or economic handicaps and those who have made previous unsuccessful attempts by motivating them and offering various methods of assistance.

These programs help to break down some of the barriers to education; they offer child care, meal assistance, as well as additional help in transferring to a four-year school and much more.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,800. 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: $1,400-$1,700
    • Out-of-State: $7,900-$9,468
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $260-$320 per credit 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 Aid84%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships84%$3,458

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Palo Verde College may provide student services like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling

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 Riverside County and the community colleges in California as a whole.

 Palo Verde CollegeRiverside CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate19.8%21.8%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate9.9%13.2%13.8%
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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.

Get more information about the programs offered by Palo Verde College by clicking the request information to the right.

(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

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Palo Verde College.

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
nan%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
84%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
42:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$1,361