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 respiratory care degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,288 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

1% below average compared to other degrees

$ 20,524 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 22,573 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

30% below average compared to other degrees

What do respiratory care graduates earn?

Respiratory care students make an average of $55,354 per year after graduation. This is 17% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 55,354 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 23% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular respiratory care schools in the US

There are 156 schools in the US that offer a respiratory care degree. The respiratory care schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Ohio State University-Main Campus, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in respiratory care per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Stony Brook University$9,257
Texas State University$9,985
Ball State University$9,774
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus$11,000
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$6,832
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus$11,057
University of Akron Main Campus$10,270

Top US schools for a respiratory care degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
St Luke's College27%$20,440
Jefferson College of Health Sciences39%$25,850
Stony Brook University42%$9,257
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University46%$5,785
University of Holy Cross46%$13,220
Ohio State University-Main Campus48%$10,592
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities50%$14,417
Wheeling Jesuit University51%$28,110
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences54%$11,542
Concordia University-Saint Paul55%$21,750

Cheapest US schools for a respiratory care degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126
Compton College$1,142
El Camino Community College District$1,142
Napa Valley College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142
Crafton Hills College$1,143
Modesto Junior College$1,162
Ohlone College$1,162


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