The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for an electrical engineering degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,436 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,664 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,681 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

What do electrical engineering graduates earn?

Electrical engineering students make an average of $102,346 per year after graduation. This is 53% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 102,346 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 96% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular electrical engineering schools in the US

There are 718 schools in the US that offer a electrical engineering degree. The electrical engineering 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 electrical engineering 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-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for an electrical engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534

Cheapest US schools for an electrical engineering degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an electrical engineering degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
El Paso Community College$2,746
Baltimore City Community College$3,074
Spokane Falls Community College$3,460
Kilgore College$3,504
North Central State College$3,591
Clark College$3,613
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College$3,670
Olympic College$3,693
Bellevue College$3,699


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