The cost of attending college or university seems to consistently trend upwards. And while it’s true that you have to be prepared to make a financial commitment to your post-secondary education, there are ways that you can reduce the overall cost. Plan ahead. Compare the costs and benefits of earning an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree. Explore scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Become informed about available tax credits and deductions. And of course, investigate tuition fees at both public and private institutions. To help you get started, here are the typical costs for a photography degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,235 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

22% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,427 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,641 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

What do photography graduates earn?

Photography students make an average of $58,358 per year after graduation. This is 13% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

31% of photography graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 58,358 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 30% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

51% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular photography schools in the US

There are 270 schools in the US that offer a photography degree. The photography schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, Purdue University-Main Campus and University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in photography per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074
University of Central Florida$6,368
Northern Arizona University$11,059
Temple University$16,658
Syracuse University$46,755
University of Miami$48,484
Washington University in St Louis$51,533

Top US schools for a photography degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
Carleton College21%$52,782
California Institute of the Arts24%$47,446
New York University28%$50,464
Rhode Island School of Design32%$48,370
University of Miami36%$48,484
Spelman College40%$28,181
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon41%$6,000
George Washington University41%$53,518
Texas Christian University41%$44,760

Cheapest US schools for a photography degree

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

School NameTuition
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Las Positas College$1,138
Cypress College$1,140
Irvine Valley College$1,142
Santa Ana College$1,142
Merced College$1,150
College of the Canyons$1,154
Columbia College - Sonora$1,162

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