Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for accounting degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,586 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

14% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,651 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

13% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,875 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

5% below average compared to other degrees

What do accounting graduates earn?

Accounting students make an average of $81,778 per year after graduation. This is 22% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 81,778 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 83% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular accounting schools in the US

There are 2350 schools in the US that offer a accounting degree. The accounting schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Irvine, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in accounting per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497

Top US schools for an accounting degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering accounting degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Georgetown University16%$52,300
Rice University16%$45,608
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
Pitzer College16%$52,236
University of Notre Dame19%$51,505

Cheapest US schools for an accounting degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an accounting degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
MiraCosta College$1,152
Luna Community College$1,298
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute$1,350
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
New Mexico Junior College$1,776
Northland Pioneer College$1,808
Pamlico Community College$1,867
Martin Community College$1,886
McDowell Technical Community College$1,900


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