In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for an early childhood education degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,844 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,403 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,463 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

31% below average compared to other degrees

What do early childhood education graduates earn?

Early childhood education students make an average of $40,883 per year after graduation. This is 39% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 40,883 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 5% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular early childhood education schools in the US

There are 1132 schools in the US that offer a early childhood education degree. The early childhood education schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, San Diego State University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in early childhood education per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,432
California State University-Fullerton$6,850
Fordham University$50,986
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533

Top US schools for an early childhood education degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering early childhood education 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
Thomas University23%$16,940
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
Southern University at New Orleans25%$6,421
Boston University25%$52,082
Oak Hills Christian College27%$17,314
New York University28%$50,464
Southwestern Assemblies of God University28%$19,994
University of West Alabama28%$9,204

Cheapest US schools for an early childhood education degree

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

School NameTuition
Tohono O'Odham Community College$932
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute$1,095
Luna Community College$1,298
Broward College$1,415
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus$1,758
New Mexico Junior College$1,776
Northland Pioneer College$1,808
Mesalands Community College$1,812
Pamlico Community College$1,867


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