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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 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for 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 $18,629 and the average private school would be $25,616. 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 seemed 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 our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Maryland Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. 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 (2017-18)
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 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. 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 $25,451 MD Private $57,240
$0 - $30k $11,630 $18,725
$30,001 – $48k $15,347 $21,824
$48,001 – $75k $18,324 $24,265
$75,001 – $110k $18,629 $25,616
$110,001+ $20,175 $35,201

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 $6,000-$16,000 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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,824 $8,958
    Room and Board $14,200 $19,350
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,150 $4,150
    Total $28,774 $34,058
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,742 $21,000
    $30,001 - $48k $25,477 $30,156
    $48,001 - $75k $25,674 $30,389
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Bowie State University

    Bowie
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,064 $8,234
    Room and Board $10,546 $10,904
    Books $2,500 $2,500
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $22,710 $23,238
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,238 $12,523
    $30,001 - $48k $16,597 $16,983
    $48,001 - $75k $18,613 $19,046
    $75,001 - $110k $20,104 $20,571
    $110,001+ $20,756 $21,239
  • Coppin State University

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,474 $8,873
    Room and Board $9,752 $10,273
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $3,386 $3,386
    Total $21,412 $23,332
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,396 $11,328
    $30,001 - $48k $12,277 $13,378
    $48,001 - $75k $8,820 $9,611
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $13,754 $14,987
  • Frostburg State University

    Frostburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,914 $9,172
    Room and Board $9,522 $10,082
    Books $1,400 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,806 $3,056
    Total $21,642 $23,810
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,940 $9,836
    $30,001 - $48k $11,715 $12,889
    $48,001 - $75k $16,411 $18,055
    $75,001 - $110k $19,917 $21,912
    $110,001+ $20,333 $22,370
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,518 $11,778
    Room and Board $11,836 $12,046
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,984 $3,034
    Total $27,538 $28,058
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,184 $10,376
    $30,001 - $48k $13,532 $13,788
    $48,001 - $75k $20,115 $20,495
    $75,001 - $110k $23,400 $23,842
    $110,001+ $24,057 $24,511
  • University of Maryland-College Park

    College Park
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,399 $10,595
    Room and Board $12,402 $12,809
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,440 $2,492
    Total $26,491 $27,146
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,980 $8,177
    $30,001 - $48k $12,367 $12,673
    $48,001 - $75k $17,149 $17,573
    $75,001 - $110k $22,474 $23,030
    $110,001+ $24,339 $24,941
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Princess Anne
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,042 $8,302
    Room and Board $9,623 $9,864
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $4,050 $4,050
    Total $23,715 $24,216
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,997 $16,335
    $30,001 - $48k $17,477 $17,846
    $48,001 - $75k $17,797 $18,173
    $75,001 - $110k $20,232 $20,659
    $110,001+ $23,362 $23,856
  • Morgan State University

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,766 $7,900
    Room and Board $10,650 $10,862
    Books $2,500 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,695 $3,339
    Total $24,611 $24,101
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,122 $13,829
    $30,001 - $48k $15,369 $15,051
    $48,001 - $75k $18,402 $18,021
    $75,001 - $110k $20,554 $20,128
    $110,001+ $21,853 $21,400
  • Salisbury University

    Salisbury
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,582 $9,824
    Room and Board $11,550 $11,950
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $25,132 $25,774
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,379 $9,619
    $30,001 - $48k $13,740 $14,091
    $48,001 - $75k $17,459 $17,905
    $75,001 - $110k $20,571 $21,096
    $110,001+ $22,337 $22,908
  • St Mary's College of Maryland

    St. Mary's City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,496 $14,806
    Room and Board $12,816 $13,202
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $1,566 $1,570
    Total $29,678 $30,378
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,882 $9,091
    $30,001 - $48k $12,832 $13,135
    $48,001 - $75k $15,316 $15,677
    $75,001 - $110k $20,965 $21,459
    $110,001+ $24,905 $25,492
  • Towson University

    Towson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,694 $9,940
    Room and Board $12,184 $12,464
    Books $1,080 $1,080
    Other Expenses $3,350 $3,350
    Total $26,308 $26,834
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,390 $9,578
    $30,001 - $48k $12,546 $12,797
    $48,001 - $75k $18,091 $18,453
    $75,001 - $110k $22,844 $23,301
    $110,001+ $23,694 $24,168
  • United States Naval Academy

    Annapolis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $0 $0
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,390 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $12,546 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $18,091 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $22,844 $0
    $110,001+ $23,694 $0

Private MD Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Washington Adventist University

    Takoma Park
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,400 $23,900
    Room and Board $8,930 $9,370
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,100 $1,100
    Total $34,630 $35,570
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,800 $14,175
    $30,001 - $48k $17,897 $18,383
    $48,001 - $75k $18,493 $18,995
    $75,001 - $110k $19,966 $20,508
    $110,001+ $22,146 $22,747
  • Goucher College

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,440 $44,300
    Room and Board $12,670 $14,506
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $59,810 $62,506
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,527 $16,227
    $30,001 - $48k $20,775 $21,711
    $48,001 - $75k $22,828 $23,857
    $75,001 - $110k $25,446 $26,593
    $110,001+ $34,166 $35,706
  • Hood College

    Frederick
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $37,960 $39,492
    Room and Board $12,580 $12,700
    Books $1,200 $1,226
    Other Expenses $3,100 $3,168
    Total $54,840 $56,586
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,145 $13,564
    $30,001 - $48k $17,568 $18,127
    $48,001 - $75k $21,908 $22,606
    $75,001 - $110k $27,313 $28,183
    $110,001+ $31,871 $32,886
  • Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,170 $53,740
    Room and Board $15,410 $15,836
    Books $1,230 $1,240
    Other Expenses $1,053 $1,085
    Total $69,863 $71,901
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,968 $14,375
    $30,001 - $48k $8,852 $9,110
    $48,001 - $75k $15,396 $15,845
    $75,001 - $110k $19,618 $20,190
    $110,001+ $42,583 $43,825
  • Loyola University Maryland

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $47,560 $48,920
    Room and Board $14,150 $14,430
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $1,560 $1,600
    Total $64,520 $66,200
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $29,831 $30,608
    $30,001 - $48k $31,065 $31,874
    $48,001 - $75k $32,631 $33,481
    $75,001 - $110k $34,176 $35,066
    $110,001+ $44,500 $45,659
  • Maryland Institute College of Art

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $46,990 $48,630
    Room and Board $12,860 $13,280
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $1,500 $1,500
    Total $62,850 $64,910
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $32,865 $33,942
    $30,001 - $48k $38,035 $39,282
    $48,001 - $75k $43,150 $44,564
    $75,001 - $110k $42,419 $43,809
    $110,001+ $43,870 $45,308
  • Mount St Mary's University

    Emmitsburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,550 $41,350
    Room and Board $12,830 $13,075
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $1,400 $1,400
    Total $56,080 $57,125
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,037 $20,410
    $30,001 - $48k $26,949 $27,451
    $48,001 - $75k $28,199 $28,724
    $75,001 - $110k $31,175 $31,756
    $110,001+ $31,584 $32,173
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University

    Baltimore
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,070 $36,900
    Room and Board $11,500 $11,850
    Books $1,200 $1,220
    Other Expenses $2,720 $1,700
    Total $51,490 $51,670
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $29,509 $29,612
    $30,001 - $48k $26,649 $26,742
    $48,001 - $75k $22,092 $22,169
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $35,742 $35,867
  • St. John's College

    Annapolis
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $51,795 $53,343
    Room and Board $12,234 $12,602
    Books $630 $630
    Other Expenses $750 $750
    Total $65,409 $67,325
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,407 $14,829
    $30,001 - $48k $11,821 $12,167
    $48,001 - $75k $14,483 $14,907
    $75,001 - $110k $23,507 $24,196
    $110,001+ $42,123 $43,357
  • Stevenson University

    Stevenson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,490 $36,242
    Room and Board $12,922 $13,246
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,261 $2,261
    Total $52,073 $53,149
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,835 $17,183
    $30,001 - $48k $23,526 $24,012
    $48,001 - $75k $27,809 $28,384
    $75,001 - $110k $29,859 $30,476
    $110,001+ $29,497 $30,107
  • Washington College

    Chestertown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $44,700 $46,978
    Room and Board $11,040 $12,414
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $2,350 $3,750
    Total $59,490 $64,542
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,619 $13,691
    $30,001 - $48k $20,023 $21,723
    $48,001 - $75k $23,847 $25,872
    $75,001 - $110k $28,959 $31,418
    $110,001+ $35,318 $38,317
  • McDaniel College

    Westminster
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,800 $43,260
    Room and Board $11,110 $11,430
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,720 $1,720
    Total $55,830 $57,610
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,151 $12,538
    $30,001 - $48k $18,726 $19,323
    $48,001 - $75k $20,341 $20,990
    $75,001 - $110k $24,958 $25,754
    $110,001+ $29,014 $29,939
 

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