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 fashion design degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,664 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,095 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,071 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

What do fashion design graduates earn?

Fashion design students make an average of $46,161 per year after graduation. This is 31% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 46,161 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 6% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular fashion design schools in the US

There are 194 schools in the US that offer a fashion design degree. The fashion design schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Purdue University-Main Campus, Cornell University and Indiana University-Bloomington. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in fashion design per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Cornell University$52,853
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533
Baylor University$43,790
Michigan State University$14,460
University of Maryland-College Park$10,399
Syracuse University$46,755
Washington University in St Louis$51,533
Miami University-Oxford$14,958
Drexel University$52,002

Top US schools for a fashion design degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Cornell University13%$52,853
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
O'More College of Design31%$29,880
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco37%$32,293
Baylor University39%$43,790
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles39%$32,293
Howard University41%$25,697
Marist College43%$36,780
Bay State College44%$22,320
University of Maryland-College Park45%$10,399

Cheapest US schools for a fashion design degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Fullerton College$1,138
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego Mesa College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142
Sierra College$1,142
Chaffey College$1,170
Monterey Peninsula College$1,176


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