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 physical science degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,261 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

22% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,930 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,817 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

What do physical science graduates earn?

Physical science students make an average of $88,431 per year after graduation. This is 32% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

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

$ 88,431 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 86% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

33% below average compared to other degrees


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