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 history degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,017 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

$ 24,841 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

$ 39,696 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

What do history graduates earn?

History students make an average of $63,318 per year after graduation. This is 5% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

22% of history graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 63,318 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 48% of degrees

22%
% of people underpaid in 2019

6% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular history schools in the US

There are 2534 schools in the US that offer a history degree. The history schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in history per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
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
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a history degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Brown University8%$53,419

Cheapest US schools for a history degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Woodland Community College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126

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