Community College Tuition Changes by State

We break down the numbers for you and see which states have the best bang for your buck when it comes to earning an associates degree.

While community colleges are always a cheaper option for getting a degree than 4-year universities, their tuition and associated costs have been rising at a similar rate over the last 5 years.

Nationwide, there are 922 2-year accredited community colleges where associate degrees are available for students. The average tuition at these colleges in 2017 was $2,749 per year, with total costs (tuition + living expenses) averaging $5,746 per year. These costs have risen slower than bachelor degrees at 4-year universities, but still at a rate that makes it difficult for some students to get out from under debt after entering the workforce.

Our analysis shows that over a 5-year period ending in 2017, tuition at community colleges rose in every state across the US. These increases ranged from a paltry 2% in Florida to a much higher 32% in Mississippi. Compare those statistics to the slightly higher range at public 4-year universities where their tuition increased anywhere between 7-34% over the same 5-year period.

 Community Colleges5-Year Public Tuition Change5-Year Public Tuition Change RankAnnual TuitionAnnual Total Costs
Florida522%#1$2,991$10,505
Minnesota314%#2$5,367$11,288
North Carolina596%#3$2,437$7,217
Washington157%#4$0$0
Wisconsin187%#5$0$0
Arizona237%#6$2,182$7,163
Maine78%#7$3,699$9,043
Ohio798%#8$4,391$10,486
New Hampshire79%#9$7,317$15,783
New Mexico1912%#10$1,878$6,401
Georgia2512%#11$2,820$4,616
Idaho512%#12$3,036$9,752
Vermont112%#13$0$0
Utah913%#14$0$0
Alabama2614%#15$4,567$5,821
Delaware115%#16$4,848$8,597
Hawaii615%#17$3,084$7,692
Virginia2915%#18$0$0
New York6516%#19$5,198$8,045
Louisiana1516%#20$3,925$9,226
Maryland1616%#21$3,824$8,401
Colorado1616%#22$3,983$9,600
Indiana116%#23$4,255$7,025
Connecticut1517%#24$4,313$6,388
West Virginia2717%#25$0$0
Tennessee3918%#26$4,150$6,929
Nebraska918%#27$3,496$8,570
Arkansas2418%#28$3,025$6,678
Illinois5018%#29$3,976$6,209
Michigan2818%#30$3,970$5,970
New Jersey2418%#31$4,532$8,484
Rhode Island119%#32$4,564$6,575
Kansas2619%#33$3,970$9,088
North Dakota519%#34$4,420$9,485
Montana1120%#35$3,244$8,172
Texas6220%#36$0$0
Pennsylvania4820%#37$5,705$9,600
Iowa1621%#38$5,082$9,909
Kentucky1622%#39$4,096$5,670
Missouri3723%#40$4,294$9,225
South Dakota523%#41$5,947$12,351
Oregon1723%#42$4,780$8,804
Massachusetts2824%#43$5,063$10,237
South Carolina2126%#44$4,936$7,075
Oklahoma5629%#45$4,116$7,801
Nevada131%#46$3,075$7,190
Mississippi1532%#47$3,141$4,996
Wyoming754%#48$0$0

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