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 acting degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,530 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

37% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,068 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,381 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

What do acting graduates earn?

Acting students make an average of $44,359 per year after graduation. This is 34% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

37% of acting graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 44,359 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 5% of degrees

37%
% of people underpaid in 2019

82% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular acting schools in the US

There are 170 schools in the US that offer a acting degree. The acting schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, Boston University and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in acting per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Baylor University$43,790
Temple University$16,658
Stony Brook University$9,257

Top US schools for an acting degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
The Juilliard School6%$43,170
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
University of Southern California16%$54,259
California Institute of the Arts24%$47,446
Boston University25%$52,082
Theatre of Arts27%$19,800
University of California-San Diego34%$14,018
Brandeis University34%$53,537

Cheapest US schools for an acting degree

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

School NameTuition
Casper College$3,024
Central Wyoming College$3,024
Chattanooga State Community College$4,063
Housatonic Community College$4,276
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Nassau Community College$5,632
Mississippi University for Women$6,614
University of Nevada-Las Vegas$7,665
Central Washington University$7,903
University of Northern Iowa$8,699

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