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Determine Your College Costs

A variety of factors can impact what you will pay for college, such as the region of the country you live in and the type of institution you want to attend.

Figure out what you may pay when it's time for your child to attend college by entering some basic information about what you envision for college.

College Costs by Region chart
College costs vary based on region. This map shows average expenses by region for one year at an in-state public college, based on the 2011-2012 school year.


Annual Costs (Public Four-Year)

  • Middle States: $18,835
  • Midwest: $17,115
  • New England: $20,458
  • South: $15,042
  • Southwest: $14,842
  • West: $19,069

Source: Annual Survey of Colleges, The College Board, New York, NY.


Student Budgets by Region

Average Student Expenses by College Board Region, 2011-2012 (Enrollment-Weighted)

Resident   Commuter
Region Sector Tuition
and
Fees
Additional
Out-of-State
Charges*
Books
and
Supplies
Room and Board Transportation Other
Costs
Room
and
Board**
Transportation Other
Costs
National Public Two-Year $2963 $5174 $1182 - - - $7408 $1606 $2127
Public Four-Year $8244 $12526 $1168 $8887 $1082 $2066 $8715 $1542 $2417
Private Four-Year $28500 N/A $1213 $10089 $926 $1496 $8877 $1373 $1863
New England Public Two-Year $4437 $6770 $1053 - - - $7605 $1561 $2197
Public Four-Year $10494 $13871 $1057 $9964 $668 $1467 $8996 $1200 $1631
Private Four-Year $35720 N/A $1154 $11966 $623 $1229 $10983 $1041 $1456
Middle States Public Two-Year $4048 $4037 $1157 - - - $8801 $1638 $1790
Public Four-Year $8885 $10488 $1285 $9950 $906 $1868 $9948 $1388 $2582
Private Four-Year $30181 N/A $1220 $11373 $768 $1380 $10108 $1315 $1740
South Public Two-Year $3089 $6854 $1067 - - - $6622 $2007 $2075
Public Four-Year $7056 $13484 $1125 $7986 $1327 $2034 $8371 $1754 $2354
Private Four-Year $24713 N/A $1231 $8865 $1334 $1668 $8132 $1749 $1994
Midwest Public Two-Year $3460 $3300 $1096 - - - $5950 $1643 $1717
Public Four-Year $8921 $12217 $1005 $8194 $975 $2194 $7820 $1347 $2388
Private Four-Year $26559 N/A $1197 $8631 $845 $1521 $7804 $1364 $2037
Southwest Public Two-Year $2160 $2907 $1106 - - - $5535 $1776 $2380
Public Four-Year $7433 $9286 $1084 $7409 $1501 $2177 $7540 $1842 $2309
Private Four-Year $25260 N/A $1137 $8604 $1211 $1593 $6952 $1501 $1777
West Public Two-Year $1928 $5818 $1428 - - - $8233 $1246 $2509
Public Four-Year $8290 $14608 $1396 $10779 $1040 $2300 $9353 $1542 $2576
Private Four-Year $28067 N/A $1306 $10168 $1002 $1817 $8646 $1918 $1203


- Sample too small to provide meaningful information.

*The average out-of-state tuition and fees are computed as the sum of the enrollment-weighted average in-state tuition and fees plus the average out-of-state premium, weighted by full-time out-of-state enrollments in each institution.

**Room and board costs for commuter students are average estimated living expenses for students living off campus but not with parents as reported by institutions in the Annual Survey of Colleges.

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

This table was prepared in October 2011.

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