Ten Ways to Reduce the Cost of Finishing College

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If the thought of paying for college may seem overwhelming, we have some great tips to help you cut your college costs along the way. If you are a student currently enrolled at Coastline College, then you have already made one of the smartest decisions to reduce the cost of your college education. This 2019 academic year more than 20 million students are attending colleges nationwide. The average total cost of public colleges per year is $25,290 (in-state) $40,940 (out-of-state) and for private colleges: $50,900. Let’s find out how to knock down that price tag…

Enroll at a less expensive college – Community College

The average cost of attending a two-year college is much less than that of a four-year institution. Coastline College is one of the nation’s most innovative colleges that is deeply committed to academic excellence and student success. Coastline delivers flexible courses with complete pathways leading to the attainment of associate degrees, certificates, and transfer to four-year colleges/universities, to ensure that students are prepared to enter California’s competitive workforce.

But what makes the choice of attending Coastline College even better is the fact that according to the Department of Education, tuition at public two-year colleges during the 2018 – 2019 academic year was an average $3,660. According to this report, California community colleges were the lowest in the nation, and our tuition was only $1,150, which means the cost of attending college at Coastline is less than half the cost nationwide for two- year education!

Get College Credit while you are in High School

If you are reading this blog, are still in high school, then take Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) while in high school to earn college credit before you enroll in college. Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken during high school with passing test scores can allow students to receive college credit for specific general education courses required of most college students. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to receive credit for material they already know and each 90-minute exam costs only $80. These subject examinations can help students reduce both time and money off their degrees. Some states promote dual enrollment programs by offering high school students the opportunity to get dual high school/college credit for courses taken at colleges while in high school.

Apply for Financial Aid

File for the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Students who file the FAFSA during their first three months get twice as many grants than students who file later. The Financial Aid department is always available to assist you with your FAFSA or Dream Act application. Financial Aid is designed to help students pay for college expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous costs. There are also low-interest Federal Loans available.

Search for Scholarships and Grants

There are various websites such as Scholarships.com, Fastweb.com, and Collegenet.com. Apply for every scholarship for which you may be eligible. Check out AB 19, The California College Promise Program Grant. California will now provide free tuition for the first two years of community college. AB 19 provides state funding to eligible students to cover tuition, books, supplies, and transportation.

Enroll as a Full Time Student

Many colleges consider students who take 12 credits a semester to be enrolled full-time. The average grant aid and tax benefits provided to full-time students at public two-year institutions is about $4,050, which means the net tuition and fees to attend these schools is -$390. For Coastline and California community colleges, the net cost may be even less.

Work Part-Time During the School Year and Full-Time During the Summer.

Look for a job in the field of your academic endeavor. Research internships that pay. Working full time during the summer will not only give you extra money to pay for college costs, but the experience you gain will make you more valuable to potential employers after you graduate. Find Work Study or Student Assistant jobs at Coastline College.

Claim Credit for Tuition and Textbooks on Your Tax Returns

The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), is a credit for qualified education expenses paid for an eligible student for the first four years of higher education. It provides a tax credit worth up to $2,500 on your federal income tax return, based on amounts you spent on tuition and textbooks. You can claim this credit my completed IRS Form 8863 and attach it to your personal income tax return.

Take Advantage of Income Tax Savings for College

A 529 Plan and Coverdell Education Savings Account are college savings plans that allows your contributions to grow tax-free, if the savings are used for college costs. There are two types of 529 plans available: a prepaid tuition plan, and a college savings plan. A Coverdell ESA can be used for pre-college and college expenses.

Utilize Military College and Veteran Benefits

For those military veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty, they are entitled to financial assistance including 36 months of undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees, a housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies. Please check the Coastline College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) which was established to help our incoming veteran students transition from soldiers to academic environment.

Plan a Proper Pathway from Enrollment in College to Graduation

Planning is essential here. Time is money and the longer it takes, the more the cost. By completing your college degree sooner than later, you are saving time and money. The best strategy for reducing your cost of college education is to graduate on time.


Welcome! The faculty, management, and staff of Coastline College are excited to welcome you to the Fall 2019 term. We look forward to supporting you every step of the way as you pursue and achieve your academic goals. All of our caring personnel are eager to help and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to explore our extensive student support services and take advantage of all that’s available to you!

Classes begin the week of Monday, August 26th!


If you decide not to attend one or more of the classes in which you are enrolled, you need to drop the classes by the refund deadline. Refer to your Student Class Program, Web Schedule Bill for drop dates for each of your courses to ensure the fees are cancelled. For a successful start to your semester, follow these steps:


Coastline College Helping Transition New Veterans to Academic Life

Did you know that according to the American Council on Education, over 5 million post-9/11 veterans will transition out of the service to civilian life by 2020?  In addition, there will be almost 22 million veterans nationwide.  The transition from the military to civilian life is demanding enough but can be even more so for those veterans who make the choice to enhance their future by attending a higher education institution.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Become a Student at Coastline College

There is a lot of talk going on about whether or not you should go to college. But once you decide to go, then what? There are so many factors to consider when picking a higher institution from should I save money and go to community college or should I head to a state college? How does one begin to sift through all the information to make a choice?

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Why Should You Attend Coastline College? The Leader of Innovative Education

If you’re a student you may not care what Coastline College did 43 years ago to change the way higher education was taught for students back then, however, sometimes to move forward one needs to look back to see how and why a college will work for you as a student today and tomorrow. One way is by understanding the innovations that built the strength and standing of the institution you’re are exploring. For tomorrow, when you are applying for that new job, you will want to know the reputation of the college will still hold as you build a resume. In fact, in a job interview, you may be asked, “Why did you choose Coastline?” You will want to be ready with a good answer. And the following are some of those reasons why.

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Teacher Feature: Tobi West

This week’s teacher feature is professor and department chair, Tobi West (CISSp, GCFE, CCFE) of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Services Technology (CST). From hosting camps and workshops for teen girls in cybersecurity and technology called CyberTech Girls to spearheading Coastline College apprenticeship program, watch Professor West share her expertise with ITProTV for a special interview (above).

As the chair and professor for the department, Professor West has spent a great deal innovating offerings to provide the best for students, which was featured in last week’s Teacher Feature: Innovative Instructors. With this approach, the department has been recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Want to learn more about the Cybersecurity. Interested in a career in technology?

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Blog: The Evolving Future of the MBA Program

As many students probably have experienced by now is that the way we learn is changing. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons such as innovative technology, online teaching platforms (ex: Udemy, Skillshare and Teachable), self-hosting vloggers, the rise of social media influencers, or simply finding success outside traditional means.

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Student Spotlight: Artis Knox

Presented by SoulPancake and Bonobos, check out the video and Coastline ask that you share his story as it might inspire as well.

Each semester, Coastline College celebrates the accomplishments of our students and nothing commemorates that better than graduation. From their academic successes to their personal triumphs, each graduate has their own unique journey to the stage.

One story that stood out this year is that of Artis Knox from our 2019 Spring Commencement. Faced with many challenges on his path, Artis successfully earned a college degree while incarcerated and after his release. This was due to Coastline’s initiatives towards providing education to incarcerated students as well.

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Teacher Feature: Instructors Provide Interactive Experience to the Public during Innovation Expo and Brand Launch at Coastline

(Left to Right) Laura Oatman, Board President, Lorraine Prinsky, PH.D. and Board Trustee, Mary L. Hornbuckle, and College President, Dr. Loretta Adrian

It is just amazing to see all the other colleges and universities across the nation are now copying Coastline [Community] College, right? They are the leaders and the innovators in this space. And what you are doing now is absolutely incredible.”

Laura Oatman, District Director, U.S Congressional Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48)
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Press Release: Coastline College Launches an Interactive Innovation Expo to Celebrate their New Brand

Coastline College, the Leader of Innovative Education, will present an Innovation Expo and New Brand Launch to be held on Friday, June 14th, 2019, between 1 pm – 3 pm, at the Newport Beach campus, located at 1515 Monrovia Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663. The goal of this extraordinary expo is to enlighten the community of Coastline’s groundbreaking innovative course offerings available to the public and Coastline’s commitment towards excellence in higher education and changes in workforce development.

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Press Release: Coastline College Offers Post-9/11 Veterans Tuition-Free Advanced Apprenticeship-Readiness Training

Coastline College’s Workforce Development Department has teamed with Training Partner, Career Expansion, in securing full funding for forty eligible Post-9/11 Veterans for Multi-Craft Curriculum training (MC3).

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News: Coastline College President Awarded for Excellence in Leadership

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., President of Coastline College

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., president of Coastline College in Orange County, California, was recently honored with the “Outstanding President” award from the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development. The award is presented to a president/chancellor in the California community college system to recognize excellence in

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Press Release: Coastline College Honored Again as #2 of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Nationwide

Dr. Lori Adrian, President, collaborating with Coastline staff members.

Every year, Diverse Magazine: Issues in Higher Education, spotlights the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges. For both 2018 and 2019, Coastline College has been recognized as #2 on this list in the nation, in addition to being the only community college in California.

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Press Release: Coastline Promise Program Helps First-Year College Students to Attend College for Free

What if you could attend your first year in college – for free? The Coastline Promise Program helps provide financial and academic support to recently qualified high school graduates to attend community college while eliminating the financial barrier facing students and allow them to focus on education and not on student debt.

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Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of Coastline College’s 3rd Veterans Resource Center. This event is open to the public.

When: Monday, August 19, 2019
Where: Coastline College Garden Grove Campus, 12901 S. Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Event schedule:

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Reception & Featured Speakers
3:00 pm  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm  Open House Tour

Refreshments will be provided. 

Contact the VRC to RSVP and for more information: 714-241-6126 


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CSU and UC Applications Hands-On Workshops

Transferring? Mondays and Thursdays Just Got Better!

Join the Transfer Center at Garden Grove Campus for the CSU and UC applications hands-on Workshops

Starting August 1st, Coastline’s Transfer Center is hosting a CSU and UC Applications Hands-On Workshop series. Come to any one of August workshops to work on your CSU application for Spring 2020 admission or begin your UC application.

Workshop Dates and Times

Thursday, August 1 – 1PM – 6PM
Monday, August 5 – 1:30PM – 5:30PM
Thursday, August 8 – 10AM – 4PM
Monday, August 12 – 10AM – 4PM
Thursday, August 15 – 10AM – 4PM

What You Need to Bring to the Workshop

  • Student ID Number.
  • Copy of your unofficial transcript from all colleges attended.
  • Information on the number of people in your household.
  • 2018 financial information for you or your parents.

Other Important Dates at a Glance

August 1 – 31, 2019: CSU Spring 2020 application period
August 1, 2019: UC Fall 2020 application opens
November 1 – 30, 2019: Submit the UC Application