As a public community college, MiraCosta has an acceptance rate of 100 percent – no one is turned away. The college serves a diverse student body of more than 14,500. The students we graduate and prepare for transfer to a university have higher grade point averages and continuation rates than the statewide average.
MiraCosta provides quality instruction and support services that allow our students, many of whom face serious obstacles to completion, to pursue and achieve their educational goals. We are extremely proud to be the pathway to social and economic advancement for many who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue an education beyond secondary school.
To continue this success, we need your help providing scholarships, quality programs, and services. Scholarship funding serves our state’s most financially needy students. This year out of 16,000 financial aid applicants, more than 5,000 were not eligible to receive financial assistance from the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors fee waiver) or other grant programs.
Your financial support encourages and strengthens students' determination to achieve despite financial obstacles and contributions to our scholarship funds, including those made under the generous Osher Initiative matching program, help students to work less, study more, and stay in school.
Your gift is tax-deductible as provided by the law. The MiraCosta College Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our tax ID number is: 95-6151938.
Facts to Consider
Are you evaluating an investment in MiraCosta College? Here are some facts to consider about the role of community colleges.
- Providing Access to Higher Education
Research shows that those who transfer from a community college to a four-year college or university earn grade point averages equal to or higher than students who start as freshmen at four-year institutions.
- Educating a Majority of California's Undergraduates
Thirty percent of the state's residents, ages 18 to 24, are enrolled in a community college. A third of the graduates from the University of California system and two-thirds of California State University system graduates transferred from community colleges. More than half of the California military veterans receiving G.I. Bill educational benefits attend a community college.
- Investing in Education Pays
Community colleges serve the state's lowest-income students. Investing in this population's education helps the economy: A 2 percent increase in the achievement of an associate's degree with a 1 percent increase in a bachelor's degree adds $20 billion to the economy. It also adds $1.2 billion in state and local tax revenues annually and 174,000 new jobs.
- Community Benefits
For every dollar California invests in student education, its economy receives a $3 return. Students who earn a degree or certificate see an 86 percent increase in their wages three years after earning their degree.