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 paralegal degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 7,362 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

12% below average compared to other degrees

$ 19,818 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

1% below average compared to other degrees

$ 30,282 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

6% below average compared to other degrees

What do paralegal graduates earn?

Paralegal students make an average of $62,937 per year after graduation. This is 6% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 62,937 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 38% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular paralegal schools in the US

There are 328 schools in the US that offer a paralegal degree. The paralegal schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Boston University, University of Central Florida and Tulane University of Louisiana. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in paralegal per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Boston University$52,082
University of Central Florida$6,368
Tulane University of Louisiana$52,960
Liberty University$21,310
George Washington University$53,518
Texas State University$9,985
Loyola University Chicago$43,078
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus$11,000
CUNY New York City College of Technology$6,920
Grand Valley State University$11,994

Top US schools for a paralegal degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Tulane University of Louisiana21%$52,960
Boston University25%$52,082
Liberty University30%$21,310
University of Richmond33%$50,910
Texas Wesleyan University34%$27,800
Texas A & M University-Commerce35%$8,434
Hampton University36%$25,441
Herzing University-Kenosha37%$13,850
Avila University39%$28,020
Mississippi College39%$17,392

Cheapest US schools for a paralegal degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Victor Valley College$1,126
Fullerton College$1,138
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
San Diego City College$1,142
San Diego Miramar College$1,142
Coastline Community College$1,148


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