How much does it cost to be a student

There are 5 main items of college expenses:

  1. Tuition and fees

It is $8,244 (in-state) and $20,770 (out-of-state) for students at a public school and $28,500 for students at a private college per year.’

  1. Room and board

Public schools — $8,887, private schools — $10,089 per year.

  1. Book and supplies

The average student spends about $1,300 on books per year.

  1. Transportation

The average student spends about $1,082.

  1. Other expenses

The average student spends about $2,500.

The total bulk is:

  • $21,500 (public university, in-state)
  • $34,000 (public school, out-of-state)
  • Over $42,000 (private college)

According to latest statistics the most affordable college in the USA with the amount of students 4,000 is University of Texas – Pan American (20,053 students), which is situated in Edinburg, Texas. The studying here costs $2,485 per year. Next 9 positions are (from the cheapest to the most expensive):

  • California State University – Dominguez Hills (14,670), Carson, California — $2,791
  • California State University – Los Angeles (23,258), Los Angeles, California — $4,756
  • Lehman College City University of New York (12,085), Bronx, New York — $4,790
  • City College of New York (15,331), New York, New York — $5,820
  • Fayetteville State University (6,179), Fayetteville, North Carolina — $5,914
  • Dalton State College (5,015), Dalton, Georgia — $5,914
  • University of Texas – El Paso (23,003), El Paso, Texas — $6,089
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology (16,860), Brooklyn, New York — $6,157
  • Queens College of the City University of New York (18,974), Flushing, New York — $6,200

To understand what part of annual expenditures (total: $50,486) average American spends on education, please, take a look at this numbers:

  • Housing — 33.9 %, or $17,115
  • Food — 12.8 %, or $6,462
  • Health care — 5.9 %, or $2,979
  • Entertainment — 5.6 %, or $2,827
  • Education — 2.1 %, or $1,060

Colleges started to offer applicants net price calculators 5 years ago, in 2011. Now, every student could use it visiting the college website. It gives students and their families the information about the cost of education based on the personal students’ families’ information.

Education doesn’t cheapen. Today, education is more expensive. Check the facts:

Private schools:

  • 2020 — $31,231
  • 1971 — $1,832

Public schools:

  • 2020 — $9,139
  • 1971 — $500