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 2012-13:

  • Public four-year colleges: $8,655 tuition and fees; $22,261 cost of attendance
  • Public two-year colleges: $3,131 tuition and fees; $15,584 cost of attendance
  • Private Nonprofit four-year colleges: $29,056 tuition and fees; $43,289 cost of attendance
  • Private For-Profit four-year colleges: $15,172 tuition and fees; cost of attendance not available

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.