How much does college cost?

College costs vary widely based on the type of school you attend. Types of costs you should consider are:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Below are examples of average estimated national undergraduate budgets for 2014-15:

  • Public two-year in-district commuter: $3,347 tuition and fees; $16,325 cost of attendance
  • Public four-year in-state on-campus $9,139 tuition and fees; $23,410 cost of attendance
  • Public four-year out-of-state on-campus: $22,958 tuition and fees; $37,229 cost of attendance
  • Private nonprofit four-year on-campus: $31,231 tuition and fees; $46,272 cost of attendance

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.