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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: $3,520 tuition and fees; $8,060 Room and Board;
  • Public four-year in-state on-campus $9,650 tuition and fees; $10,440 Room and Board;
  • Public four-year out-of-state on-campus: $24,930 tuition and fees; $10,440 Room and Board;
  • Private nonprofit four-year on-campus: $33,480 tuition and fees; $11,890 Room and Board;

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.