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Tuition fees in the US

Unfortunately, studying in the USA is usually not available at a bargain price. However, that doesn't mean that the most expensive programs are the best. In addition Tuition fees vary across the US strong from college to college. A lot of money can be saved by choosing a university, study program and degree. In addition, there are a number of financial aids for the USA, such as scholarships, which take the strain off the student wallet.

University types USA and tuition fees

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Tuition fees in the US often turn out to be a hurdle on the way abroad. But there is a lot of financial aid.

Average US $ 12,000 to US $ 16,000 in annual tuition fees (Tuition fees) pay international students to study in the USA. In fact, the costs differ significantly from university to university. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that private and state universities in the USA have different sources of funding and different cost structures.

In general: The Tuition fees in the US at private universities are usually higher as state institutions. This is because private colleges and universities are self-funding. They are dependent on private donors and tuition fees. On average, a semester at a private university costs between US $ 13,000 and US $ 22,000 in tuition fees.

State universities are financed by public funds. You can get support from the appropriate state and local community. The average tuition fees in the US at public universities are US $ 8,000 - US $ 18,000 per semester.

For one Bachelor Degree At CSU Long Beach, for example, students pay around US $ 15,000 a year. In contrast, the private University of New Haven charges around US $ 35,000 per academic year for a bachelor's degree.

Tuition fees in the US for domestic and international students

Another aspect that affects the level of tuition fees in the US is where students live before they start their studies - at least for state universities. At private colleges and universities, the fees are the same for all students. State universities however, distinguish between In-state and Out of statestudents.

Out of stateUndergraduate and international students pay higher tuition fees in the US, the so-called Out-of-State Tuition Fees or Non-resident fees. There are lower fees for students residing in the relevant state.

UniversityStudy typeTuition fees in the US per year (In-state)Tuition fees in the US per year (Out of state)
Florida International UniversityMaster's degree~ US $ 10,700~ US $ 23,900

Save money on Community colleges in the USA

A more cost-effective course of study is available at the Community colleges possible in the USA. Anyone who studies at such an institution for two years and then for a bachelor's degree on a Four-year college or changing universities can save a lot of money. The tuition fee in the USA Community collegesstart at around US $ 2,000 per year. For example, students at Edmonds Community College pay for 19-25 Credits about US $ 3,300 annually.

Also on smaller state universities the odds are proportionate low tuition fees Well. Those who, on the other hand, attach importance to studying at a renowned university in a central location or even at one of the Ivy League universities, must expect higher tuition fees.


USA tuition fees by study type and subject

Also the Type of study program decides how high the tuition fee is in detail. Although the price ranges are high, general trends with regard to tuition fees in the USA can be derived from them.

  • Bachelor's degree USA: US $ 12,000 - US $ 18,000 / year
  • Associate degree USA: US $ 2,000 - US $ 19,000 / year
  • Master's degree USA: US $ 7,000 - US $ 33,000 / year
  • MBA USA: US $ 40,000 - US $ 120,000 / program
  • LLM USA: US $ 35,000 - US $ 70,000 / program
  • Doctoral studies USA: US $ 10,500 - 33,000 / semester

However, a bachelor's degree is not just a bachelor's degree. The same applies to the graduate programs. Indeed tuition fees in the US vary depending on the subject partly considerable. A degree in the humanities is often cheaper than a degree in the natural sciences or economics.

At San Francisco State University, for example, international students pay around US $ 3,400 per semester (plus Non-Resident Tuition Fee). Those who do their Master of Science in Accountancy at the same university pay significantly more: Each semester there are around US $ 5,000 in tuition fees plus Non-Resident Tuition Fee at.

The different high tuition fees can be attributed, among other things, to the fact that natural science institutes often have several laboratories and workshops, some of which also have their own research stations. Such a one Furnishing costs money and affects the amount of tuition fees in the United States.

The situation is similar with many business schools: in many cases, renowned professors are employed there, there are individual coaching sessions for students and regular guest lectures by business representatives. This also explains the sometimes higher tuition fees.


Studying for less: semester abroad in the USA

Another way to avoid high tuition fees in the USA is to spend a semester abroad in the USA. Semester programs are often cheaper than a full course in the USA. This is due to the fact that students under a Study AbroadProgram usually take fewer courses. The tuition fees at most universities are based on the number of students Credits calculated.

In addition, students from Germany who spend a semester in the USA have a wide range of funding options such as BAföG abroad, PROMOS or Fulbright scholarships.

Prospective students should spend a semester abroad in the US with tuition fees of US $ 3,500 up to US $ 10,500 calculate. The fees in the undergraduate and graduate areas differ in some cases.


Additional costs for studying in the USA

Tuition fees in the US make up most of the study-related costs. However, there are usually additional costs:

  • Fees: the counterpart to the semester fees in Germany. Usually one falls Application fee an as well as a so-called Student Services Fee. The latter is the reason why students in the USA can fall back on an extensive range of services. Through the Student Services Fee For example, university sports and facilities such as fitness studios as well as advisory services are financed specifically for international students.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover: Some colleges and universities in the United States require their students to take out health insurance through the university.
  • Book costs: Since especially the Undergraduate studies School in the US, there are additional textbook costs. Students should expect around US $ 2000. In the graduate area, the length of the book list varies depending on the course and focus. Many students try to save money by buying used books.