We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a child development degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,234 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,829 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

$ 24,894 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% below average compared to other degrees

What do child development graduates earn?

Child development students make an average of $42,845 per year after graduation. This is 36% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 42,845 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 8% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular child development schools in the US

There are 166 schools in the US that offer a child development degree. The child development schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, University of Virginia-Main Campus and Michigan State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in child development per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
University of Virginia-Main Campus$16,853
Michigan State University$14,460
University of Arizona$11,877
Vanderbilt University$47,664
Ohio University-Main Campus$11,896
Texas Tech University$8,860
Arizona State University-Tempe$10,792
Washington State University$11,391
Tufts University$54,318

Top US schools for a child development degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Tufts University15%$54,318
University of Virginia-Main Campus27%$16,853
University of Rochester34%$52,020
Texas A&M University-San Antonio35%$8,216
Point University35%$20,600
Berea College35%$25,760
Bowie State University36%$8,064
Marygrove College41%$22,750

Cheapest US schools for a child development degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a child development degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Tohono O'Odham Community College$932
MiraCosta College$1,152
College of the Redwoods$1,182
Mission College$1,189
Mt San Antonio College$1,349
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
McDowell Technical Community College$1,900
Rockingham Community College$1,940
Vance-Granville Community College$1,948
Durham Technical Community College$1,958


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