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 public relations degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,796 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,831 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

9% above average compared to other degrees

$ 34,110 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

What do public relations graduates earn?

Public relations students make an average of $59,471 per year after graduation. This is 11% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 59,471 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 57% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular public relations schools in the US

There are 196 schools in the US that offer a public relations degree. The public relations schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of Colorado Boulder, Florida State University and Syracuse University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in public relations per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of Colorado Boulder$12,086
Florida State University$5,656
Syracuse University$46,755
Washington University in St Louis$51,533
Drexel University$52,002
George Washington University$53,518
Texas Tech University$8,860
Ball State University$9,774
Colorado State University-Fort Collins$11,395
Washington State University$11,391

Top US schools for a public relations degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Georgetown University16%$52,300
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
Florida Memorial University27%$15,536
Paine College32%$14,226
Villanova University36%$51,284
Hampton University36%$25,441
Central Christian College of Kansas39%$17,240
Dallas Baptist University39%$27,480
Pepperdine University40%$51,992

Cheapest US schools for a public relations degree

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

School NameTuition
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Fullerton College$1,138
Long Beach City College$1,188
Los Angeles Pierce College$1,220
Palomar College$1,338
Tarrant County College District$2,862
Chippewa Valley Technical College$4,304
North Idaho College$4,728
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce$5,370
Florida State University$5,656


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