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Net Price of Maryland Colleges by Income

Cost of Maryland Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $22,132 and the average private school would be $27,269. You can also get information on specific Maryland schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • College savings and investments
    • Payments from current income
    • Loans
    • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Maryland Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Maryland-College Park (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $10,399
Room and Board $12,402
Books $1,250
Other Expenses $2,440
Total $26,491

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income MD Public $26,617 MD Private $59,091
$0 - $30k $11,942 $18,012
$30,001 – $48k $14,489 $21,216
$48,001 – $75k $18,329 $23,236
$75,001 – $110k $22,132 $27,269
$110,001+ $23,470 $33,789

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Maryland public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $5,000-$11,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Maryland. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public MD Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Baltimore

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,958 $9,096
    Room and Board $19,350 $0
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,150 $0
    Total $34,058 $10,696
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,413 $6,097
    $30,001 - $48k $19,192 $6,027
    $48,001 - $75k $22,498 $7,066
    $75,001 - $110k $26,583 $8,348
    $110,001+ $26,499 $8,322
  • Bowie State University

    Bowie
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,234 $8,444
    Room and Board $10,904 $11,476
    Books $2,500 $2,500
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $23,238 $24,020
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,527 $11,915
    $30,001 - $48k $14,745 $15,241
    $48,001 - $75k $17,451 $18,038
    $75,001 - $110k $20,571 $21,263
    $110,001+ $21,284 $22,000
  • Coppin State University

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,873 $8,964
    Room and Board $10,273 $10,655
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,386 $3,386
    Total $23,332 $23,805
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,596 $11,831
    $30,001 - $48k $14,529 $14,824
    $48,001 - $75k $19,577 $19,974
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Frostburg State University

    Frostburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,172 $9,410
    Room and Board $10,082 $10,682
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,056 $3,058
    Total $23,810 $24,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,135 $10,493
    $30,001 - $48k $14,273 $14,777
    $48,001 - $75k $18,634 $19,291
    $75,001 - $110k $20,872 $21,608
    $110,001+ $22,543 $23,338
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,778 $12,028
    Room and Board $12,046 $12,350
    Books $1,200 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,034 $3,052
    Total $28,058 $29,030
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,820 $11,195
    $30,001 - $48k $12,605 $13,042
    $48,001 - $75k $20,614 $21,328
    $75,001 - $110k $23,922 $24,751
    $110,001+ $24,529 $25,379
  • University of Maryland-College Park

    College Park
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,595 $10,779
    Room and Board $12,809 $13,315
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,492 $2,522
    Total $27,146 $27,866
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,054 $8,268
    $30,001 - $48k $12,128 $12,450
    $48,001 - $75k $18,418 $18,907
    $75,001 - $110k $22,710 $23,312
    $110,001+ $25,151 $25,818
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Princess Anne
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,302 $8,558
    Room and Board $9,864 $10,085
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $4,050 $4,050
    Total $24,216 $24,693
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,973 $14,248
    $30,001 - $48k $15,035 $15,331
    $48,001 - $75k $19,076 $19,452
    $75,001 - $110k $21,481 $21,904
    $110,001+ $21,399 $21,821
  • Morgan State University

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,900 $8,008
    Room and Board $10,862 $10,114
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,339 $3,565
    Total $24,101 $23,687
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,297 $14,051
    $30,001 - $48k $14,776 $14,522
    $48,001 - $75k $18,991 $18,665
    $75,001 - $110k $21,626 $21,255
    $110,001+ $21,880 $21,504
  • Salisbury University

    Salisbury
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,824 $10,044
    Room and Board $11,950 $12,360
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $25,774 $26,404
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,432 $11,711
    $30,001 - $48k $15,294 $15,668
    $48,001 - $75k $19,190 $19,659
    $75,001 - $110k $22,193 $22,735
    $110,001+ $23,220 $23,788
  • St Mary's College of Maryland

    St. Mary's City
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $14,806 $15,124
    Room and Board $13,202 $13,595
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,570 $1,628
    Total $30,378 $31,147
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,445 $9,684
    $30,001 - $48k $12,323 $12,635
    $48,001 - $75k $12,650 $12,970
    $75,001 - $110k $20,176 $20,687
    $110,001+ $25,021 $25,654
  • Towson University

    Towson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $9,940 $10,198
    Room and Board $12,464 $12,846
    Books $1,080 $1,080
    Other Expenses $3,350 $3,350
    Total $26,834 $27,474
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,206 $9,426
    $30,001 - $48k $12,632 $12,933
    $48,001 - $75k $18,052 $18,483
    $75,001 - $110k $22,972 $23,520
    $110,001+ $24,232 $24,810

Private MD Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Washington Adventist University

    Takoma Park
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $23,900 $24,800
    Room and Board $9,370 $9,616
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $35,570 $36,716
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,217 $16,739
    $30,001 - $48k $18,377 $18,969
    $48,001 - $75k $19,378 $20,002
    $75,001 - $110k $21,633 $22,330
    $110,001+ $23,094 $23,838
  • Goucher College

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $44,300 $45,250
    Room and Board $14,506 $14,900
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,700
    Total $62,506 $64,050
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,274 $18,725
    $30,001 - $48k $22,286 $22,837
    $48,001 - $75k $24,842 $25,456
    $75,001 - $110k $24,842 $25,456
    $110,001+ $33,538 $34,366
  • Hood College

    Frederick
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $39,492 $41,060
    Room and Board $12,700 $12,880
    Books $1,226 $1,248
    Other Expenses $3,168 $3,262
    Total $56,586 $58,450
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,381 $14,855
    $30,001 - $48k $15,268 $15,771
    $48,001 - $75k $21,527 $22,236
    $75,001 - $110k $29,730 $30,709
    $110,001+ $33,434 $34,535
  • Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $53,740 $55,350
    Room and Board $15,836 $16,310
    Books $1,240 $1,250
    Other Expenses $1,085 $1,118
    Total $71,901 $74,028
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $3,526 $3,630
    $30,001 - $48k $8,210 $8,453
    $48,001 - $75k $9,049 $9,317
    $75,001 - $110k $19,177 $19,744
    $110,001+ $43,513 $44,800
  • Loyola University Maryland

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $48,920 $50,100
    Room and Board $14,430 $14,710
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $66,200 $67,660
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $29,156 $29,799
    $30,001 - $48k $31,027 $31,711
    $48,001 - $75k $33,680 $34,423
    $75,001 - $110k $32,878 $33,603
    $110,001+ $40,026 $40,909
  • Maryland Institute College of Art

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $48,630 $50,330
    Room and Board $13,280 $13,720
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,500 $1,525
    Total $64,910 $67,075
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $30,982 $32,015
    $30,001 - $48k $33,983 $35,116
    $48,001 - $75k $38,411 $39,692
    $75,001 - $110k $42,643 $44,065
    $110,001+ $44,967 $46,467
  • Mount St Mary's University

    Emmitsburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $41,350 $42,590
    Room and Board $13,075 $13,330
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $1,400 $1,400
    Total $57,125 $58,620
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,652 $25,297
    $30,001 - $48k $28,160 $28,897
    $48,001 - $75k $25,090 $25,747
    $75,001 - $110k $27,297 $28,011
    $110,001+ $29,802 $30,582
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University

    Baltimore
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $36,900 $38,340
    Room and Board $11,850 $12,200
    Books $1,220 $1,240
    Other Expenses $1,700 $1,700
    Total $51,670 $53,480
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,662 $23,456
    $30,001 - $48k $21,413 $22,163
    $48,001 - $75k $22,286 $23,067
    $75,001 - $110k $24,120 $24,965
    $110,001+ $24,616 $25,478
  • St. John's College

    Annapolis
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $53,343 $35,635
    Room and Board $12,602 $12,986
    Books $630 $630
    Other Expenses $750 $750
    Total $67,325 $50,001
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,747 $10,210
    $30,001 - $48k $20,712 $15,382
    $48,001 - $75k $18,293 $13,586
    $75,001 - $110k $28,552 $21,205
    $110,001+ $37,815 $28,084
  • Stevenson University

    Stevenson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $36,242 $37,142
    Room and Board $13,246 $13,624
    Books $1,400 $1,600
    Other Expenses $2,261 $2,900
    Total $53,149 $55,266
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,252 $18,979
    $30,001 - $48k $22,746 $23,652
    $48,001 - $75k $28,111 $29,231
    $75,001 - $110k $30,046 $31,243
    $110,001+ $32,295 $33,581
  • Washington College

    Chestertown
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $46,978 $48,814
    Room and Board $12,414 $12,722
    Books $1,400 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,750 $2,420
    Total $64,542 $65,456
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,931 $17,171
    $30,001 - $48k $20,531 $20,822
    $48,001 - $75k $22,479 $22,797
    $75,001 - $110k $28,468 $28,871
    $110,001+ $38,518 $39,063
  • McDaniel College

    Westminster
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $43,260 $44,540
    Room and Board $11,430 $11,772
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,720 $1,720
    Total $57,610 $59,232
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,365 $7,572
    $30,001 - $48k $11,875 $12,209
    $48,001 - $75k $15,682 $16,124
    $75,001 - $110k $17,844 $18,346
    $110,001+ $23,848 $24,519
 

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