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 economics degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,408 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

$ 30,252 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

51% above average compared to other degrees

$ 47,456 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

47% above average compared to other degrees

What do economics graduates earn?

Economics students make an average of $100,106 per year after graduation. This is 50% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

18% of economics graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 100,106 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 97% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

9% below average compared to other degrees


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