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Cost of Attendance - Tuition, Fees, Living Costs

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US Colleges And Universities

Costs of Attendance

For academic year 2016-2017, the average cost of attendance (COA) of US colleges and universities is $32,443 for undergrduate schools and $32,470 for graduate schools. Following table and charts illustrate costs of attendance including tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs by degree offering and residence type.
Tuition & FeesBooks & SuppliesLiving Costs
In-StateOut-of-StateOn-CampusOff-Campus
Undergraduate$5,645$17,917 $1,730$12,796$12,916
Graduate$10,501$17,945 $1,730$12,796$12,916

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2016-2017, the average undergraduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $5,645 for in-state students and $17,917 for out-of-state students. Following table and charts illustrate tuition and fees by school controls and levels.
In-StateOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Average$4,580$1,065 $16,890$1,027
Public Schools$4,580$1,065 $11,007$1,213
4 Years or High$6,727$1,689 $16,807$1,916
2-4 Years$2,853$573 $6,648$693
Less Than 2 Years$10,158$810 $5,936$605
Private Schools-- $20,670$874
4 Years or High-- $22,475$844
2-4 Years-- $13,330$1,046
Less Than 2 Years-- $11,286$553

Graduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2016-2017, the average graduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $10,501 for in-state students and $17,945 for out-of-state students. Following table and charts illustrate tuition and fees by school controls and levels.
In-StateOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Average Costs$9,000$1,501$16,989$956
Public Schools$9,000$1,501$17,877$1,581
Private Schools--$16,598$616

Room & Board, Other Living Costs

For academic year 2016-2017, the average On-campus living costs of US colleges and universities is $12,796 and off-campus living costs is $12,916. Following table and charts illustrate living costs and other expenses by school controls and levels.
On-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
Average$9,743$3,053$9,027$3,889
Public Schools$9,127$3,300 $9,027$3,895
4 Years or High$9,826$3,336 $9,624$3,788
2-4 Years$6,793$3,191 $8,471$4,016
Less Than 2 Years$5,748$1,200 $7,577$3,319
Private Schools$10,109$2,906 $9,027$3,885
4 Years or High$10,147$2,885 $9,174$3,698
2-4 Years$9,327$3,396 $8,599$4,704
Less Than 2 Years$4,500$3,800 $7,641$3,675

Part-time Tuiion & Fees per Credit Hous

For academic year 2016-2017, the undergraduate costs per credit hour of US colleges and universities is $195 for in-state students and $586 for out-of-state students. For graduate schools, the cost per credit hour is $454 for in-state students and $762 for out-of-state students. Following table and charts illustrate the average costs credit per hour by school controls and levels.
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
Average$195$586 $454$762
Public Schools$195$455 $454$863
4 Years or High$292$721 $454$863
2-4 Years$125$261 --
Less Than 2 Years$191$191 --
Private Schools-$687 -$720
4 Years or High-$739 -$720
2-4 Years-$365 --
Less Than 2 Years-$328 --
2-4 years and less than 2 years colleges do not offer graduate programs or not report its costs.
***All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education. Tuition and costs are based on 2016-2017 data and other data is from 2015-2016 data.