We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a finance degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,946 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

$ 24,133 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

20% above average compared to other degrees

$ 39,623 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

What do finance graduates earn?

Finance students make an average of $97,066 per year after graduation. This is 45% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

13% of finance graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 97,066 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 93% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

35% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular finance schools in the US

There are 1396 schools in the US that offer a finance degree. The finance schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, New York University and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in finance per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
New York University$50,464
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Fordham University$50,986
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974

Top US schools for a finance degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Georgetown University16%$52,300
University of Southern California16%$54,259

Cheapest US schools for a finance degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla$2,082
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville$2,790
Miami Dade College$2,838
Saint Johns River State College$2,839
Florida State College at Jacksonville$2,878
Labette Community College$2,940
Metropolitan Community College Area$2,970
Pasco-Hernando State College$3,155
St Petersburg College$3,352


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