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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 $32,801 for undergraduate schools and $33,070 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$6,136$18,484 $1,316$13,001$13,068
Graduate$10,965$18,753 $1,316$13,001$13,068

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2017-2018, the average undergraduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $6,136 for in-state students and $18,484 for out-of-state students. Following table and charts illustrate tuition and fees by school controls and levels.
In-StateOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Average$5,044$1,092 $17,416$1,067
Public Schools$5,044$1,092 $11,607$1,247
4 Years or High$6,945$1,676 $17,187$1,943
2-4 Years$3,568$655 $7,466$726
Less Than 2 Years$6,952$710 $7,175$710
Private Schools-- $21,670$919
4 Years or High-- $23,741$877
2-4 Years-- $13,337$1,159
Less Than 2 Years-- $12,269$611

Graduate Tuition & Fees

For academic year 2017-2018, the average graduate tuition & fees of US colleges and universities is $10,965 for in-state students and $18,753 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$9,384$1,581$17,689$1,064
Public Schools$9,384$1,581$18,504$1,801
Private Schools--$17,368$715

Room & Board, Other Living Costs

For academic year 2017-2018, the average On-campus living costs of US colleges and universities is $13,001 and off-campus living costs is $13,068. Following table and charts illustrate living costs and other expenses by school controls and levels.
On-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
Average$9,886$3,115$9,148$3,920
Public Schools$9,121$3,318 $9,018$3,891
4 Years or High$10,093$3,356 $9,832$3,766
2-4 Years$6,763$3,235 $8,437$3,986
Less Than 2 Years$6,036$1,200 $8,117$3,674
Private Schools$10,385$2,983 $9,254$3,943
4 Years or High$10,441$2,955 $9,438$3,726
2-4 Years$9,072$3,673 $8,685$4,984
Less Than 2 Years$5,300$3,800 $7,311$3,576

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.