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 a fine arts degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,259 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,609 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

13% above average compared to other degrees

$ 39,895 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

What do fine arts graduates earn?

Fine arts students make an average of $47,748 per year after graduation. This is 28% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 47,748 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 9% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular fine arts schools in the US

There are 1126 schools in the US that offer a fine arts degree. The fine arts schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in fine arts per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
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
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497

Top US schools for a fine arts degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Cornell University13%$52,853

Cheapest US schools for a fine arts degree

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

School NameTuition
Tohono O'Odham Community College$932
Chabot College$1,138
Dine College$1,410
Clovis Community College - Clovis$1,536
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Glendale Community College - Arizona$2,094
GateWay Community College - Phoenix$2,094
Mesa Community College$2,094
Phoenix College$2,094


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