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 screenwriting degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,454 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

1% above average compared to other degrees

$ 17,927 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

11% below average compared to other degrees

$ 44,271 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

37% above average compared to other degrees

What do screenwriting graduates earn?

Screenwriting students make an average of $47,416 per year after graduation. This is 29% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 47,416 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 9% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular screenwriting schools in the US

There are 52 schools in the US that offer a screenwriting degree. The screenwriting schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, New York University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in screenwriting per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
California State University-Fullerton$6,850
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
Northwestern University$52,678
Florida State University$5,656
Yale University$51,400
Brown University$53,419

Top US schools for a screenwriting degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
The Juilliard School6%$43,170
Yale University7%$51,400
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Emory University22%$49,392
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
California Institute of the Arts24%$47,446
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
Boston University25%$52,082

Cheapest US schools for a screenwriting degree

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

School NameTuition
Scottsdale Community College$2,094
Yavapai College$2,280
Metropolitan Community College Area$2,970
Pellissippi State Community College$4,180
Minneapolis Community and Technical College$5,396
Florida State University$5,656
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon$6,000
California State University-Fullerton$6,850
California State University-Northridge$6,875
CUNY Hunter College$6,982

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