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 dental hygiene degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,640 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

3% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,474 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

7% above average compared to other degrees

$ 39,069 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

21% above average compared to other degrees

What do dental hygiene graduates earn?

Dental hygiene students make an average of $49,221 per year after graduation. This is 26% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 49,221 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 13% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular dental hygiene schools in the US

There are 182 schools in the US that offer a dental hygiene degree. The dental hygiene schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in dental hygiene per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Northern Arizona University$11,059
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234

Top US schools for a dental hygiene degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27%$14,826
New York University28%$50,464
Howard University41%$25,697
Clayton State University42%$5,419
Carrington College-Boise44%$null
Carrington College-Sacramento45%$null
University of Washington-Seattle Campus46%$10,974
Hillyard Technical Center48%$null

Cheapest US schools for a dental hygiene degree

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

School NameTuition
Sacramento City College$1,104
Chabot College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Shasta College$1,185
West Los Angeles College$1,220
College of Alameda$1,230
Cabrillo College$1,268
Santa Rosa Junior College$1,282
Fresno City College$1,304
Diablo Valley College$1,312


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