How much is tuition?

Tuition is the price colleges charge for classes. Students also pay other fees related to enrolling in and attending a college. The cost of tuition and fees varies by college.

There’s a wide range of prices, as the table below shows. Remember, many students receive grants and scholarships that offset college costs.

Type of College

Average Published Yearly Tuition and Fees


Public Two-Year College (in-district students) $3,860
Public Four-Year College (in-state students) $10,940
Public Four-Year College (out-of-state students) $28,240
Private Four-Year College $39,400

These numbers are based on published tuition costs, not what students actually end up paying out of their own pockets. There can be a big difference between those two numbers, thanks to financial aid.

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