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 2015-16:

  • Public two-year in-district : $3,435 tuition and fees; $8,003 Room and Board;
  • Public four-year in-state on-campus $9,410 tuition and fees; $10,138 Room and Board;
  • Public four-year out-of-state on-campus: $23,893 tuition and fees; $10,138 Room and Board;
  • Private nonprofit four-year on-campus: $32,405 tuition and fees; $11,516 Room and Board;

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.