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 technical writing degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,232 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

22% above average compared to other degrees

$ 23,066 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

15% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,733 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

10% above average compared to other degrees

What do technical writing graduates earn?

Technical writing students make an average of $55,489 per year after graduation. This is 17% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

30% of technical writing graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 55,489 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 20% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

45% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular technical writing schools in the US

There are 206 schools in the US that offer a technical writing degree. The technical writing schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are San Diego State University, Purdue University-Main Campus and University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in technical writing per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
San Diego State University$7,460
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Central Florida$6,368
Baylor University$43,790
Northern Arizona University$11,059
Michigan State University$14,460
San Francisco State University$7,254
Grand Canyon University$17,050
Miami University-Oxford$14,958

Top US schools for a technical writing degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee FlexN/A$6,750
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology22%$7,183
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
San Diego State University35%$7,460
Baylor University39%$43,790
University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee39%$5,587
Eastern Michigan University45%$12,019
University of Washington-Seattle Campus46%$10,974
Oakwood University47%$16,720

Cheapest US schools for a technical writing degree

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

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
De Anza College$1,552
Columbus Technical College$2,704
Southern Regional Technical College$2,704
Coastal Pines Technical College$2,714
North Georgia Technical College$2,734
Savannah Technical College$2,744
Georgia Northwestern Technical College$2,774
Central Georgia Technical College$2,774
Chattahoochee Technical College$2,782


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