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.