Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for marine biology degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,619 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

26% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,820 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,470 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

16% above average compared to other degrees

What do marine biology graduates earn?

Marine biology students make an average of $59,937 per year after graduation. This is 10% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 59,937 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 42% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular marine biology schools in the US

There are 146 schools in the US that offer a marine biology degree. The marine biology schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Santa Barbara. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in marine biology per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
The University of Alabama$10,780

Top US schools for a marine biology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Brown University8%$53,419
Duke University10%$53,500
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
Boston University25%$52,082
Northeastern University27%$49,497
California State University-Long Beach28%$6,730
University of West Alabama28%$9,204
University of California-Santa Barbara33%$14,451
University of California-San Diego34%$14,018

Cheapest US schools for a marine biology degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Southern Maine Community College$3,710
Oregon Coast Community College$4,140
University of the Virgin Islands$5,235
Brigham Young University-Hawaii$5,400
Rowan College at Gloucester County$5,420
Savannah State University$5,743
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
The University of West Florida$6,360
Florida International University$6,556


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