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 psychology degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,580 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

14% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,158 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 33,467 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

3% above average compared to other degrees

What do psychology graduates earn?

Psychology students make an average of $52,323 per year after graduation. This is 22% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

26% of psychology graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 52,323 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 24% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

25% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular psychology schools in the US

There are 2854 schools in the US that offer a psychology degree. The psychology 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 psychology 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 psychology degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Duke University10%$53,500

Cheapest US schools for a psychology degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Folsom Lake College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Woodland Community College$1,124


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