Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for an interior design degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,484 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

13% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,185 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 31,316 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

3% below average compared to other degrees

What do interior design graduates earn?

Interior design students make an average of $54,597 per year after graduation. This is 18% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 54,597 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 24% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular interior design schools in the US

There are 390 schools in the US that offer a interior design degree. The interior design schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are California State University-Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin and Purdue University-Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in interior design per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Massachusetts-Amherst$15,411
Indiana University-Bloomington$10,533
The University of Alabama$10,780
Baylor University$43,790

Top US schools for an interior design degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730
O'More College of Design31%$29,880
New York School of Interior Design33%$23,590
The University of Texas at Austin36%$10,398
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco37%$32,293
Western Carolina University39%$6,897
Baylor University39%$43,790
Mississippi College39%$17,392
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles39%$32,293
George Washington University41%$53,518

Cheapest US schools for an interior design degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an interior design degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138
Las Positas College$1,138
Solano Community College$1,140
San Diego Mesa College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142
College of the Canyons$1,154

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