Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for an astrophysics degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 13,087 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

56% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,753 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

78% above average compared to other degrees

$ 51,123 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

58% above average compared to other degrees

What do astrophysics graduates earn?

Astrophysics students make an average of $89,191 per year after graduation. This is 34% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

23% of astrophysics graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 89,191 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 90% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

13% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular astrophysics schools in the US

There are 74 schools in the US that offer a astrophysics degree. The astrophysics schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Cruz. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in astrophysics per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
Harvard University$48,949
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Columbia University in the City of New York$57,208
Baylor University$43,790
University of Colorado Boulder$12,086
Michigan State University$14,460

Top US schools for an astrophysics degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
United States Military Academy10%$null
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Williams College15%$53,550
Tufts University15%$54,318

Cheapest US schools for an astrophysics degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
University of New Mexico-Main Campus$7,448
Iowa State University$8,636
University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,533
Arizona State University-Tempe$10,792
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus$11,000
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus$11,538
University of Hawaii at Manoa$11,754
Ohio University-Main Campus$11,896
University of Colorado Boulder$12,086

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