College Price Data and Price Calculation

College tuition cost, affordability, and savings planning for 4,000+ U.S. colleges and universities. Find the most affordable colleges and see what students are actually paying for their college education.

2021 College Cost Guides and Price Rankings

The average four-year U.S. college tuition was $20,564 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a slight decrease from 2018-2019 (-2.54%). Public four year colleges charged an average tuition of $7,357 or 1.41% above the prior year while four year, private not-for-profits increased at a rate of 0.12% to $29,191.

Powered by public domain data from the U.S. Department of Education, CollegeCalc provides in-depth college cost estimations by school. Additionally regional, state and online college affordability guides, price rankings and cost calculators can help with your search.

Begin your college search by browsing the best value colleges in America, college listings alphabetically by state or our national and state university cost rankings to find the cheapest colleges in your region.. Explore individual college's in-state, out-of-state and average net prices then feed them into our school specific student loan calculators and future cost estimation tools.

If you're not ready to narrow your analysis down to a specific school, try the general student loan and college savings plan calculators to get an idea of future college costs, how much you should start saving and what potential student loan payments may look like.

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The Best Value Colleges in America for 2021 explore the full list

School Average Net Price Rating
1 Amherst College $16,339 96
2 Harvard University $18,030 98
3 Stanford University $16,779 99
4 Yale University $18,073 98
5 Williams College $17,303 97

Most Expensive Tuition In the U.S.view all

1 Columbia University in the City of New York $58,920
2 Franklin and Marshall College $58,615
3 Harvey Mudd College $58,359
4 Reed College $58,130
5 Vassar College $57,910

Cheapest Tuition in the U.S.view all

1 Dine College $1,320
2 Turtle Mountain Community College $1,776
3 Broward College $1,968
4 Oglala Lakota College $2,016
5 Sinte Gleska University $2,640

Simplifying College Cost Calculation

Where can I find an affordable college? What will college cost when I or my child is old enough to attend? How much should I be saving for a university education now? What will my student loan payments be and can I afford them? These are questions asked every day by parents and prospective college students but require complex financial calculations to answer. We help cut through the confusion by offering accurate, easy to use college cost calculators.

CollegeCalc's college cost guides, student loan calculators and college saving planning tools will help you navigate the challenges of college cost calculation. Utilizing a comprehensive database of over 4,000 schools' prices, CollegeCalc enables you to see financial analysis tailored to your specific college or university. Get started by locating your prospective school.