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 — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for social work degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,226 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,091 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

5% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,991 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

17% below average compared to other degrees

What do social work graduates earn?

Social work students make an average of $43,649 per year after graduation. This is 35% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 43,649 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 2% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular social work schools in the US

There are 1160 schools in the US that offer a social work degree. The social work schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in social work per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592

Top US schools for a social work degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
University of Chicago9%$56,034
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Tulane University of Louisiana21%$52,960
Thomas University23%$16,940

Cheapest US schools for a social work degree

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

School NameTuition
Haskell Indian Nations University$480
Dine College$1,410
San Juan College$1,474
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
Mesalands Community College$1,812
Cochise County Community College District$1,968
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus$1,974
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad$2,068
Santa Fe Community College$2,115
Yavapai College$2,280


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