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2023 Criminal Justice Cost

There are about 552,699 students enrolled in Criminal Justice in the USA.

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Criminal justice is the 156th most expensive major in the US, with a median cost of $33,137 for the top 50 programs (just ahead of #157, Molecular Biology, with a median cost of $33,128).

New England has the most expensive schools with great criminal justice programs predominantly led by Quinnipiac University with an annual cost of $46,790. The most expensive state for criminal justice is Vermont led by Castleton University and Champlain College.

Public schools with good programs by and large charge 67.16% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 30.59% less than the median private school. So, if you're applying to a state school, make sure you're eligible for in-state tuition sooner rather than later.

The most expensive option in the top 25 is George Washington University, which is the 19th most expensive college in the nation. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Citadel Military College of South Carolina. It costs just $75 per year, but it is its criminal justice program is ranked #55. If you’re looking for a higher ranked, but still affordable school, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice  is probably right for you, ranked #1 with an in-state cost of just $6,930. Another more affordable option would be #13, Florida International University in Miami-Dade County, FL with a cost of $4,721 for in-state students and $16,529 for out-of-state students.

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