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2023 Social Work Cost

There are about 151,128 students enrolled in Social Work in the USA.

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Social work is the 217th most expensive degree in the US, with a median cost of $29,255 amongst the top 50 programs.

New England has the most expensive schools with top 50 social work programs led by Sacred Heart University with an annual cost of $42,800. Rhode Island is the most expensive state for social work led by Providence College and Rhode Island College.

Public schools with solid programs typically charge 69.02% less than private schools for in-state students. When looking at out-of-state tuition however, the median top 50 Public school charges 31.69% less than the median private school. So, if you're hoping to attend a state school, make sure you qualify for in-state tuition sooner rather than later.

The most expensive top 25 college for social work is Boston University, which is the 62nd most expensive college in America. The most affordable option in the top 100 is University of Puerto Rico-Humacao. It costs just $5,952 per year, but it is ranked 53rd for its social work program. If you’re looking for the least expensive option in the top 25, Florida Atlantic University  could be right for you, ranked #16 with an in-state cost of just $2,522. Another more affordable option would be #22, CUNY Lehman College in Bronx County, NY with a cost of $6,930 for in-state students and $14,880 for out-of-state students.

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