The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for an animation degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,310 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

1% below average compared to other degrees

$ 20,784 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

3% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,526 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

6% below average compared to other degrees

What do animation graduates earn?

Animation students make an average of $63,817 per year after graduation. This is 4% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 63,817 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 48% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular animation schools in the US

There are 204 schools in the US that offer a animation degree. The animation schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, Northeastern University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in animation per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
Northeastern University$49,497
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University$13,230
Ball State University$9,774
DePaul University$39,010
Rochester Institute of Technology$40,068
George Mason University$11,924
Eastern Michigan University$12,019
Loyola Marymount University$46,386
Virginia Commonwealth University$13,624

Top US schools for an animation degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Northeastern University27%$49,497
New York University28%$50,464
Laguna College of Art and Design33%$29,800
Flashpoint Chicago A Campus of Columbia College Hollywood39%$27,454
Eastern Michigan University45%$12,019
Emerson College46%$44,832
Fashion Institute of Technology47%$5,483
Southern Methodist University49%$52,498
College for Creative Studies49%$42,460
Daemen College49%$27,990

Cheapest US schools for an animation degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Fullerton College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142
San Diego Mesa College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142


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