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Net Price of New Jersey Colleges by Income

Cost of New Jersey Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2022

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 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

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 $25,054 and the average private school would be $26,548. You can also get information on specific New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 Rutgers University-New Brunswick (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $15,407
Room and Board $13,075
Books $1,350
Other Expenses $3,625
Total $33,457

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. 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 NJ Public $33,346 NJ Private $58,417
$0 - $30k $14,179 $14,904
$30,001 – $48k $15,302 $16,598
$48,001 – $75k $20,432 $21,005
$75,001 – $110k $25,054 $26,548
$110,001+ $26,632 $31,832

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the New Jersey 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 $1,000-$6,000 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 New Jersey. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public NJ Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Rowan University

    Glassboro
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,000 $12,939
    Room and Board $14,603 $14,937
    Books $1,850 $1,850
    Other Expenses $5,185 $5,185
    Total $35,638 $34,911
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,693 $19,291
    $30,001 - $48k $21,292 $20,858
    $48,001 - $75k $27,278 $26,722
    $75,001 - $110k $31,221 $30,584
    $110,001+ $32,162 $31,506
  • New Jersey City University

    Jersey City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,414 $14,738
    Room and Board $14,574 $15,084
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,708 $4,708
    Total $32,896 $35,730
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,149 $13,196
    $30,001 - $48k $12,214 $13,266
    $48,001 - $75k $15,072 $16,370
    $75,001 - $110k $18,697 $20,308
    $110,001+ $18,837 $20,460
  • Kean University

    Union
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $12,595 $12,445
    Room and Board $14,802 $14,472
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,281 $2,281
    Total $30,678 $30,198
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,413 $14,187
    $30,001 - $48k $15,642 $15,397
    $48,001 - $75k $20,486 $20,165
    $75,001 - $110k $24,615 $24,230
    $110,001+ $24,577 $24,192
  • Montclair State University

    Montclair
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,073 $13,073
    Room and Board $15,675 $15,674
    Books $1,240 $1,240
    Other Expenses $2,120 $2,125
    Total $32,108 $32,112
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,133 $12,135
    $30,001 - $48k $14,254 $14,256
    $48,001 - $75k $18,026 $18,028
    $75,001 - $110k $23,254 $23,257
    $110,001+ $25,010 $25,013
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Newark
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $17,674 $17,674
    Room and Board $13,900 $13,900
    Books $2,900 $2,900
    Other Expenses $4,100 $4,100
    Total $38,574 $38,574
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,784 $12,784
    $30,001 - $48k $14,022 $14,022
    $48,001 - $75k $18,451 $18,451
    $75,001 - $110k $23,854 $23,854
    $110,001+ $24,952 $24,952
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Mahwah
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,678 $14,952
    Room and Board $12,840 $14,420
    Books $1,593 $1,594
    Other Expenses $3,293 $3,250
    Total $32,404 $34,216
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,200 $12,882
    $30,001 - $48k $16,485 $17,407
    $48,001 - $75k $22,026 $23,258
    $75,001 - $110k $27,108 $28,624
    $110,001+ $27,713 $29,263
  • Rutgers University-Camden

    Camden
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,264 $14,877
    Room and Board $12,691 $12,691
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,625 $3,574
    Total $32,930 $32,492
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,940 $11,781
    $30,001 - $48k $12,118 $11,957
    $48,001 - $75k $15,952 $15,740
    $75,001 - $110k $18,840 $18,589
    $110,001+ $25,229 $24,893
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    New Brunswick
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,407 $15,003
    Room and Board $13,075 $13,075
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,625 $3,574
    Total $33,457 $33,002
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,935 $14,732
    $30,001 - $48k $15,182 $14,976
    $48,001 - $75k $20,927 $20,642
    $75,001 - $110k $28,245 $27,861
    $110,001+ $30,616 $30,200
  • Stockton University

    Galloway
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,048 $14,329
    Room and Board $12,496 $12,347
    Books $1,600 $1,375
    Other Expenses $3,220 $2,272
    Total $31,364 $30,323
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,716 $14,228
    $30,001 - $48k $15,182 $14,678
    $48,001 - $75k $21,350 $20,641
    $75,001 - $110k $24,874 $24,048
    $110,001+ $27,657 $26,739
  • The College of New Jersey

    Ewing
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $16,923 $16,029
    Room and Board $14,048 $14,316
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,922 $3,922
    Total $36,093 $35,467
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,273 $14,025
    $30,001 - $48k $15,377 $15,110
    $48,001 - $75k $25,434 $24,993
    $75,001 - $110k $32,381 $31,819
    $110,001+ $33,697 $33,113
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey

    Wayne
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,370 $13,770
    Room and Board $13,440 $13,706
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $2,250 $2,250
    Total $30,660 $31,326
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,738 $17,102
    $30,001 - $48k $16,554 $16,914
    $48,001 - $75k $19,749 $20,178
    $75,001 - $110k $22,509 $22,998
    $110,001+ $22,502 $22,991

Private NJ Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bloomfield College

    Bloomfield
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,310 $30,680
    Room and Board $12,300 $12,650
    Books $1,339 $1,379
    Other Expenses $2,862 $2,886
    Total $46,811 $47,595
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,042 $19,361
    $30,001 - $48k $16,906 $17,189
    $48,001 - $75k $19,870 $20,203
    $75,001 - $110k $21,312 $21,669
    $110,001+ $21,989 $22,357
  • Caldwell University

    Caldwell
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,740 $36,700
    Room and Board $12,415 $12,760
    Books $2,600 $2,600
    Other Expenses $3,400 $3,400
    Total $54,155 $55,460
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,629 $13,957
    $30,001 - $48k $14,470 $14,819
    $48,001 - $75k $20,901 $21,405
    $75,001 - $110k $28,757 $29,450
    $110,001+ $32,650 $33,437
  • Centenary University

    Hackettstown
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $33,492 $34,498
    Room and Board $11,788 $12,186
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $3,960 $3,960
    Total $50,140 $51,544
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,072 $7,270
    $30,001 - $48k $11,522 $11,845
    $48,001 - $75k $19,911 $20,469
    $75,001 - $110k $22,854 $23,494
    $110,001+ $25,257 $25,964
  • Drew University

    Madison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $40,960 $40,960
    Room and Board $14,672 $14,723
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,982 $1,982
    Total $58,814 $58,865
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,895 $16,910
    $30,001 - $48k $17,287 $17,302
    $48,001 - $75k $20,243 $20,261
    $75,001 - $110k $29,659 $29,685
    $110,001+ $36,385 $36,417
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

    Teaneck
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $42,220 $42,240
    Room and Board $13,670 $13,990
    Books $1,230 $1,520
    Other Expenses $2,856 $2,856
    Total $59,976 $60,606
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,137 $7,212
    $30,001 - $48k $9,533 $9,633
    $48,001 - $75k $15,022 $15,180
    $75,001 - $110k $22,064 $22,296
    $110,001+ $23,997 $24,249
  • Felician University

    Lodi
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $35,000 $35,000
    Room and Board $13,140 $13,140
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,470 $3,470
    Total $52,910 $52,910
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,556 $13,556
    $30,001 - $48k $16,081 $16,081
    $48,001 - $75k $17,485 $17,485
    $75,001 - $110k $23,641 $23,641
    $110,001+ $27,268 $27,268
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus

    Madison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $44,720 $44,740
    Room and Board $13,716 $14,038
    Books $1,230 $1,520
    Other Expenses $2,856 $2,856
    Total $62,522 $63,154
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,058 $12,180
    $30,001 - $48k $13,238 $13,372
    $48,001 - $75k $20,940 $21,152
    $75,001 - $110k $25,069 $25,322
    $110,001+ $31,266 $31,582
  • Georgian Court University

    Lakewood
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $33,610 $33,640
    Room and Board $11,200 $11,424
    Books $1,350 $1,200
    Other Expenses $6,600 $4,700
    Total $52,760 $50,964
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,302 $13,815
    $30,001 - $48k $17,250 $16,663
    $48,001 - $75k $20,226 $19,537
    $75,001 - $110k $22,805 $22,029
    $110,001+ $27,166 $26,241
  • Monmouth University

    West Long Branch
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $39,592 $40,680
    Room and Board $14,520 $14,942
    Books $996 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,946 $4,007
    Total $59,054 $60,629
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,108 $18,591
    $30,001 - $48k $22,413 $23,011
    $48,001 - $75k $28,313 $29,068
    $75,001 - $110k $32,819 $33,694
    $110,001+ $37,538 $38,539
  • Princeton University

    Princeton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $52,800 $48,502
    Room and Board $17,150 $15,342
    Books $1,050 $1,050
    Other Expenses $3,150 $3,150
    Total $74,150 $68,044
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,958 $2,714
    $30,001 - $48k $4,502 $4,131
    $48,001 - $75k $5,542 $5,086
    $75,001 - $110k $18,205 $16,706
    $110,001+ $41,011 $37,634
  • Rider University

    Lawrenceville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $44,460 $45,860
    Room and Board $15,390 $15,500
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,500
    Total $63,850 $65,360
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,221 $21,723
    $30,001 - $48k $22,338 $22,866
    $48,001 - $75k $25,864 $26,476
    $75,001 - $110k $29,876 $30,583
    $110,001+ $34,591 $35,409
  • Saint Peter's University

    Jersey City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $38,760 $38,760
    Room and Board $15,950 $15,950
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,300 $1,300
    Total $57,010 $57,010
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,245 $11,245
    $30,001 - $48k $12,000 $12,000
    $48,001 - $75k $16,255 $16,255
    $75,001 - $110k $20,398 $20,398
    $110,001+ $24,693 $24,693
  • Seton Hall University

    South Orange
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $43,780 $45,290
    Room and Board $15,222 $15,368
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $63,002 $64,658
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,252 $21,811
    $30,001 - $48k $23,973 $24,603
    $48,001 - $75k $30,127 $30,919
    $75,001 - $110k $34,646 $35,557
    $110,001+ $39,128 $40,156
  • College of Saint Elizabeth

    Morristown
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $34,226 $34,876
    Room and Board $12,744 $12,744
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,908 $4,908
    Total $53,178 $53,828
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,840 $15,021
    $30,001 - $48k $17,620 $17,835
    $48,001 - $75k $25,824 $26,140
    $75,001 - $110k $30,057 $30,424
    $110,001+ $29,382 $29,741
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

    Hoboken
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $54,014 $55,952
    Room and Board $15,770 $16,260
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,050 $1,020
    Total $72,034 $74,432
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,394 $28,306
    $30,001 - $48k $26,473 $27,354
    $48,001 - $75k $28,483 $29,431
    $75,001 - $110k $34,577 $35,728
    $110,001+ $44,590 $46,074
 

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