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 Colleges 5-Year Public Tuition Change 5-Year Public Tuition Change Rank Annual Tuition Annual Total Costs
Florida 52 2% #1 $2,991 $10,505
Minnesota 31 4% #2 $5,367 $11,288
North Carolina 59 6% #3 $2,437 $7,217
Washington 15 7% #4 $0 $0
Wisconsin 18 7% #5 $0 $0
Arizona 23 7% #6 $2,182 $7,163
Maine 7 8% #7 $3,699 $9,043
Ohio 79 8% #8 $4,391 $10,486
New Hampshire 7 9% #9 $7,317 $15,783
New Mexico 19 12% #10 $1,878 $6,401
Georgia 25 12% #11 $2,820 $4,616
Idaho 5 12% #12 $3,036 $9,752
Vermont 1 12% #13 $0 $0
Utah 9 13% #14 $0 $0
Alabama 26 14% #15 $4,567 $5,821
Delaware 1 15% #16 $4,848 $8,597
Hawaii 6 15% #17 $3,084 $7,692
Virginia 29 15% #18 $0 $0
New York 65 16% #19 $5,198 $8,045
Louisiana 15 16% #20 $3,925 $9,226
Maryland 16 16% #21 $3,824 $8,401
Colorado 16 16% #22 $3,983 $9,600
Indiana 1 16% #23 $4,255 $7,025
Connecticut 15 17% #24 $4,313 $6,388
West Virginia 27 17% #25 $0 $0
Tennessee 39 18% #26 $4,150 $6,929
Nebraska 9 18% #27 $3,496 $8,570
Arkansas 24 18% #28 $3,025 $6,678
Illinois 50 18% #29 $3,976 $6,209
Michigan 28 18% #30 $3,970 $5,970
New Jersey 24 18% #31 $4,532 $8,484
Rhode Island 1 19% #32 $4,564 $6,575
Kansas 26 19% #33 $3,970 $9,088
North Dakota 5 19% #34 $4,420 $9,485
Montana 11 20% #35 $3,244 $8,172
Texas 62 20% #36 $0 $0
Pennsylvania 48 20% #37 $5,705 $9,600
Iowa 16 21% #38 $5,082 $9,909
Kentucky 16 22% #39 $4,096 $5,670
Missouri 37 23% #40 $4,294 $9,225
South Dakota 5 23% #41 $5,947 $12,351
Oregon 17 23% #42 $4,780 $8,804
Massachusetts 28 24% #43 $5,063 $10,237
South Carolina 21 26% #44 $4,936 $7,075
Oklahoma 56 29% #45 $4,116 $7,801
Nevada 1 31% #46 $3,075 $7,190
Mississippi 15 32% #47 $3,141 $4,996
Wyoming 7 54% #48 $0 $0