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 mechanical engineering degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,723 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

28% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,720 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,484 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

What do mechanical engineering graduates earn?

Mechanical engineering students make an average of $90,592 per year after graduation. This is 36% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

13% of mechanical engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 90,592 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 89% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

37% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular mechanical engineering schools in the US

There are 686 schools in the US that offer a mechanical engineering degree. The mechanical engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in mechanical engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a mechanical engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534

Cheapest US schools for a mechanical engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
El Paso Community College$2,746
Lone Star College System$3,403
Spokane Falls Community College$3,460
Kilgore College$3,504
Clark College$3,613
Stark State College$3,686
Snow College$3,692
Olympic College$3,693
Bellevue College$3,699


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