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 that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for political science degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,430 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,911 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

34% above average compared to other degrees

$ 43,677 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

35% above average compared to other degrees

What do political science graduates earn?

Political science students make an average of $82,474 per year after graduation. This is 24% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

19% of political science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 82,474 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 82% of degrees

19%
% of people underpaid in 2019

6% below average compared to other degrees

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