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 forensic science degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,984 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

7% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,474 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 24,417 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

24% below average compared to other degrees

What do forensic science graduates earn?

Forensic science students make an average of $55,726 per year after graduation. This is 17% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 55,726 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 29% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular forensic science schools in the US

There are 248 schools in the US that offer a forensic science degree. The forensic science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Davis, Boston University and Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in forensic science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Davis$14,419
Boston University$52,082
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
University of Central Florida$6,368
California State University-Los Angeles$6,639
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234
Michigan State University$14,460
Binghamton University$9,523
Syracuse University$46,755

Top US schools for a forensic science degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Southern University at New Orleans25%$6,421
Boston University25%$52,082
Ohio Valley University29%$21,250
Liberty University30%$21,310
The University of Texas at Austin36%$10,398
Coppin State University37%$7,474
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice39%$7,070
Binghamton University40%$9,523
Marygrove College41%$22,750
George Washington University41%$53,518

Cheapest US schools for a forensic science degree

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

School NameTuition
Solano Community College$1,140
San Diego Miramar College$1,142
Golden West College$1,178
Long Beach City College$1,188
East Los Angeles College$1,220
Fresno City College$1,304
Contra Costa College$1,312
Diablo Valley College$1,312
Palomar College$1,338
Southwestern College - California$1,338

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