Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for elementary education degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,699 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

4% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,516 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,853 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

14% below average compared to other degrees

What do elementary education graduates earn?

Elementary education students make an average of $43,783 per year after graduation. This is 34% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 43,783 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 1% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular elementary education schools in the US

There are 1892 schools in the US that offer a elementary education degree. The elementary education schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, Boston University and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in elementary education per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Fordham University$50,986
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Stanford University$49,617

Top US schools for an elementary education degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Colorado College15%$52,818
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533

Cheapest US schools for an elementary education degree

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

School NameTuition
Haskell Indian Nations University$480
Tohono O'Odham Community College$932
Dine College$1,410
San Juan College$1,474
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
Martin Community College$1,886
McDowell Technical Community College$1,900
Vance-Granville Community College$1,948
Durham Technical Community College$1,958
Cochise County Community College District$1,968


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