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 a cognitive science degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 13,636 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

62% above average compared to other degrees

$ 40,167 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

100% above average compared to other degrees

$ 50,849 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

57% above average compared to other degrees

What do cognitive science graduates earn?

Cognitive science students make an average of $77,302 per year after graduation. This is 16% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

22% of cognitive science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 77,302 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 75% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

6% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular cognitive science schools in the US

There are 104 schools in the US that offer a cognitive science degree. The cognitive science 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 cognitive science 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-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
Stanford University$49,617
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417

Top US schools for a cognitive science degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Swarthmore College11%$50,822

Cheapest US schools for a cognitive science degree

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

School NameTuition
California State University-Fresno$6,585
California State University-Stanislaus$7,038
Minnesota State University-Mankato$8,164
SUNY College at Oswego$8,191
University of Iowa$8,965
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
North Carolina State University at Raleigh$9,058
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus$9,107
Stony Brook University$9,257
University of Memphis$9,317


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