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 an urban planning degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,899 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,031 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

$ 52,134 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

61% above average compared to other degrees

What do urban planning graduates earn?

Urban planning students make an average of $88,724 per year after graduation. This is 33% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 88,724 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 90% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular urban planning schools in the US

There are 128 schools in the US that offer a urban planning degree. The urban planning schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in urban planning per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
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

Top US schools for an urban planning degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
Georgetown University16%$52,300
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261

Cheapest US schools for an urban planning degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an urban planning degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Florida Atlantic University$4,831
University of Wyoming$5,217
Florida State University$5,656
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Cupey Campus$5,820
University of Central Florida$6,368
University of Florida$6,381
University of South Florida-Main Campus$6,410
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$6,832
California State University-Northridge$6,875

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