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 a journalism degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,157 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

21% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,484 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

27% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,994 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

What do journalism graduates earn?

Journalism students make an average of $71,686 per year after graduation. This is 7% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

20% of journalism graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.)

$ 71,686 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 60% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

On par with average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular journalism schools in the US

There are 682 schools in the US that offer a journalism degree. The journalism schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Berkeley, New York University and California State University-Long Beach. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in journalism per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,432

Top US schools for a journalism degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering journalism 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
Northwestern University9%$52,678
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Georgetown University16%$52,300
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Washington and Lee University22%$50,170
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005

Cheapest US schools for a journalism degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138
Las Positas College$1,138
Solano Community College$1,140
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142


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