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2023 Music Cost

There are about 81,395 students enrolled in Music in the USA.

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Music is the 32nd most expensive degree in the United States, with a median cost of $51,788 among the top 50 programs.

New England has the most expensive colleges with top-notch music programs led by Amherst College with an annual cost of $57,640. The most expensive state for music is District of Columbia led by American University and The Catholic University of America.

Public schools with good programs typically charge 75.34% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 43.64% less than your average private school. So, if you're hoping to attend 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 Columbia University in the City of New York, which is the 3rd most expensive college in America. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Florida State University. It costs just $16,540 per year, and it is its music program is ranked #40. If you’re looking for a higher ranked, but still affordable option, University of California-Los Angeles  could be right for you, ranked #25 with an in-state cost of just $11,442. Another more affordable choice would be #4, Berklee College of Music in Suffolk County, MA with a cost of $44,360 for in-state students and $44,360 for out-of-state students.

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