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 humanities degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,853 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,211 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

1% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,881 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

11% above average compared to other degrees

What do humanities graduates earn?

Humanities students make an average of $58,504 per year after graduation. This is 12% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 58,504 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 27% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular humanities schools in the US

There are 506 schools in the US that offer a humanities degree. The humanities schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Irvine, University of California-Berkeley and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in humanities per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
New York University$50,464
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
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 humanities degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
University of Chicago9%$56,034
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null
Duke University10%$53,500
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Georgetown University16%$52,300

Cheapest US schools for a humanities degree

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

School NameTuition
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake 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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