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 aerospace engineering degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,967 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,763 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

48% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,713 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

What do aerospace engineering graduates earn?

Aerospace engineering students make an average of $97,475 per year after graduation. This is 46% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

13% of aerospace engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 97,475 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 93% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

35% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular aerospace engineering schools in the US

There are 140 schools in the US that offer a aerospace engineering degree. The aerospace engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in aerospace engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Davis$14,419
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

Top US schools for an aerospace engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
Rice University16%$45,608
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533

Cheapest US schools for an aerospace engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Central Florida$6,368
University of Florida$6,381
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Southeastern Oklahoma State University$6,750
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona$7,339
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Nevada-Las Vegas$7,665
San Jose State University$7,721
Utah State University$7,870


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