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2023 Film Cost

There are about 12,700 students enrolled in Film in the USA.

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Film is the 17th most expensive degree in the nation, with a median cost of $54,095 among the top 50 programs (just ahead of #18, Religious Studies, with a median cost of $53,995).

New England has the most expensive schools with top of the line film programs led by Boston College with an annual cost of $56,780. Illinois is the most expensive state for film led by University of Chicago.

Public schools with solid programs by and large charge 76.75% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 40.81% less than the median private school. So, if you're looking into studying at a state school, make sure you're eligible for in-state tuition sooner rather than later.

The most high-priced option in the top 25 is University of Chicago, which is the 10th most expensive college in the United States. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Brigham Young University-Provo. It costs just $5,790 per year, but it's its film program is ranked #57. If you’re looking for the least expensive option in the top 25, California State University-Long Beach  could be a good fit for you, ranked #21 with an in-state cost of just $5,742. Another more affordable choice would be #23, San Francisco State University in San Francisco County, CA with a cost of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for out-of-state students.

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