Public vs. Private Schools

The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of public schools is $5,514 for state residents and $12,145 for out-of-state students while the average tuition & fees of private colleges is $24,107 in for-non-profit and $15,209 in for-profit private schools.
The average graduate tuition & fees is $9,751 for state residents and $19,008 for out-of-state students at public schools. The graduate tuition & fees for private schools is $16,914 for academic year 2019-2020.
Next table shows the average tuition & fees for both undergrdaute and graduate schools (2,070 public and 4,841 private schools) for academic year 2019-2020.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. 2020 Average Undergraduate Tuition & Fees By School Type
School TypeNumber of Undergraduate SchoolsIn-StateOut-of-State
Public2,070 schools$5,514$12,145
Private Not For Profit1,732 schools$24,107
Private For Profit3,109 schools$15,209
Table. 2020 Average Graduate Tuition & Fees By School Type
School TypeNumber of Graduate SchoolsIn-StateOut-of-State
Public627 schools$9,751$19,008 schools
Private1,365 schools$16,914
source: IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education

Tuition Differences By School Levels

The 2020 average tuition & fees of 4 years (or high) schools such as national universities and liberal arts colleges is $7,947 for state residents and $21,230 for out-of-state students. The average costs of 2 but less than 4 years colleges such as community colleges is $3,801 for state residents and $10,265 for out-of-state students.
The 2020 average graduate tuition & fees is $9,753 for state residents and $17,410 for out-of-state students at 4 years (or high) schools. Note that, we do not include the average tuition for less than 4 years shools because most schools does not have graduate programs.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. 2020 Average Undergraduate Tuition & Fees By School Level
School LevelNumber of SchoolsIn-StateOut-of-State
4 Year Or High2,911 schools$7,947$21,230
2 But Less Than 4 Years1,996 schools$3,801$10,265
Less Than 2 years2,004 schools$6,000$12,012
Table. 2020 Average Graduate Tuition & Fees By School Level
School LevelNumber of SchoolsIn-StateOut-of-State
4 Year Or High2,261 schools$9,753$17,410
source: IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education

Tuition & Fees By Offered Degrees/Programs

The average tuition & fees differs from the offered degree and programs. Typically, the costs for associate degree or equivalent programs are lower than BS degree and more costs are paid for post-graduate degrees and programs.
Table. 2020 Average Tuition & Fees By Offered Degrees/Programs
Offered Degree/ProgramNumber of Schools OfferingIn-StateOut-of-State
1 Year Certificate3,470$4,485$12,728
2 Years Certificate4,541$4,381$12,330
Associate Degree3,319$4,661$14,046
2-4 Years Certificate1,009$4,113$14,077
Bachelor's Degree2,811$7,934$21,201
Post Bachelor's Certificate989$8,677$23,846
Master's Degree2,094$8,409$23,007
Post Master's Certificate736$8,700$25,016
Doctorate Degree Research755$9,091$25,083
Doctorate Degree Professional Practice698$9,212$26,475

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