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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 2017-2018, the average cost of attendance (COA) of US colleges and universities is $33,343 for undergraduate schools and $33,372 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$5,835$18,454 $1,764$13,125$13,181
Graduate$10,904$18,483 $1,764$13,125$13,181

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2017-2018, the average undergraduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $5,835 for in-state students and $18,454 for out-of-state students. Following table and charts illustrate tuition and fees by school controls and levels.
In-StateOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Average$4,758$1,077 $17,377$1,077
Public Schools$4,758$1,077 $11,234$1,246
4 Years or High$7,030$1,689 $17,159$1,939
2-4 Years$2,998$622 $6,831$732
Less Than 2 Years$6,199$692 $6,389$692
Private Schools-- $21,606$932
4 Years or High-- $23,537$902
2-4 Years-- $13,354$1,123
Less Than 2 Years-- $10,438$626

Graduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2017-2018, the average graduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $10,904 for in-state students and $18,483 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$9,300$1,604$17,463$1,021
Public Schools$9,300$1,604$18,391$1,604
Private Schools--$17,061$712

Room & Board, Other Living Costs

For academic year 2017-2018, the average On-campus living costs of US colleges and universities is $13,125 and off-campus living costs is $13,181. Following table and charts illustrate living costs and other expenses by school controls and levels.
On-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
Average$10,016$3,109$9,253$3,927
Public Schools$9,388$3,324 $9,260$3,915
4 Years or High$10,114$3,367 $9,852$3,778
2-4 Years$7,009$3,193 $8,696$4,056
Less Than 2 Years$6,036$1,200 $8,117$3,674
Private Schools$10,390$2,981 $9,249$3,936
4 Years or High$10,447$2,953 $9,437$3,721
2-4 Years$9,072$3,673 $8,647$4,962
Less Than 2 Years$5,300$3,800 $7,365$3,642

Part-time Tuiion & Fees per Credit Hous

For academic year 2017-2018, the undergraduate costs per credit hour of US colleges and universities is $202 for in-state students and $616 for out-of-state students. For graduate schools, the cost per credit hour is $467 for in-state students and $779 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$202$616 $467$779
Public Schools$202$469 $467$877
4 Years or High$297$734 $467$877
2-4 Years$134$275 --
Less Than 2 Years$106$106 --
Private Schools-$743 -$737
4 Years or High-$799 -$737
2-4 Years-$403 -$390
Less Than 2 Years-$355 --
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 2017-2018 data and other data is from 2016-2017 data.