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 literature degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,024 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,810 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

$ 34,389 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

6% above average compared to other degrees

What do literature graduates earn?

Literature students make an average of $67,913 per year after graduation. This is 2% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 67,913 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 50% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular literature schools in the US

There are 78 schools in the US that offer a literature degree. The literature schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Grand Canyon University, Central Michigan University and American University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in literature per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Grand Canyon University$17,050
Central Michigan University$12,510
American University$46,615
Old Dominion University$10,050
Bradley University$32,930
Youngstown State University$8,451
The New School$47,276
Central Washington University$7,903
Stevens Institute of Technology$50,554
La Salle University$29,500

Top US schools for a literature degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
American University29%$46,615
Mississippi College39%$17,392
Ave Maria University42%$19,970
Stevens Institute of Technology44%$50,554
Florida Southern College51%$34,774
Clarks Summit University55%$23,890
Bennington College57%$51,920
Lake Superior State University58%$11,427
Blackburn College60%$21,992
Lipscomb University60%$30,932

Cheapest US schools for a literature degree

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

School NameTuition
Tohono O'Odham Community College$932
Lee College$2,488
Housatonic Community College$4,276
Manchester Community College - Connecticut$4,276
Middlesex Community College - Middletown$4,276
Tunxis Community College$4,276
Northwestern Connecticut Community College$4,306
Quinebaug Valley Community College$4,306
Naugatuck Valley Community College$4,316
Gateway Community College - New Haven$4,316


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