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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 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 $24,669 and the average private school would be $26,896. 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 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 New Jersey 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 Rutgers University-New Brunswick (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $14,638
Room and Board $12,452
Books $1,350
Other Expenses $3,137
Total $31,577

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 NJ Public $31,564 NJ Private $55,852
$0 - $30k $12,916 $15,781
$30,001 – $48k $14,541 $17,115
$48,001 – $75k $19,977 $21,667
$75,001 – $110k $24,669 $26,896
$110,001+ $26,016 $31,218

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 $2,000-$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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,422 $13,697
    Room and Board $13,717 $12,552
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,800 $4,250
    Total $32,539 $32,099
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,192 $16,960
    $30,001 - $48k $19,218 $18,958
    $48,001 - $75k $25,705 $25,357
    $75,001 - $110k $30,717 $30,302
    $110,001+ $31,180 $30,758
  • New Jersey City University

    Jersey City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,761 $12,052
    Room and Board $12,805 $14,116
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,700 $4,708
    Total $30,466 $32,076
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,365 $11,966
    $30,001 - $48k $12,181 $12,825
    $48,001 - $75k $15,083 $15,880
    $75,001 - $110k $20,347 $21,422
    $110,001+ $20,676 $21,769
  • Kean University

    Union
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,107 $12,348
    Room and Board $13,513 $14,470
    Books $1,384 $1,384
    Other Expenses $2,257 $2,273
    Total $29,261 $30,475
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,720 $15,331
    $30,001 - $48k $16,015 $16,679
    $48,001 - $75k $20,610 $21,465
    $75,001 - $110k $24,210 $25,214
    $110,001+ $24,581 $25,601
  • Montclair State University

    Montclair
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,454 $12,790
    Room and Board $14,458 $15,564
    Books $1,300 $1,250
    Other Expenses $3,270 $2,100
    Total $31,482 $31,704
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,661 $14,764
    $30,001 - $48k $16,273 $16,388
    $48,001 - $75k $21,824 $21,978
    $75,001 - $110k $26,099 $26,283
    $110,001+ $26,975 $27,165
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Newark
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,898 $17,338
    Room and Board $13,300 $13,600
    Books $2,600 $2,900
    Other Expenses $3,700 $3,900
    Total $36,498 $37,738
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,294 $12,712
    $30,001 - $48k $14,610 $15,106
    $48,001 - $75k $19,973 $20,652
    $75,001 - $110k $24,409 $25,238
    $110,001+ $25,919 $26,800
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Mahwah
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,080 $14,374
    Room and Board $12,180 $12,450
    Books $1,569 $1,593
    Other Expenses $3,010 $3,155
    Total $30,839 $31,572
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,838 $11,096
    $30,001 - $48k $14,780 $15,131
    $48,001 - $75k $20,908 $21,405
    $75,001 - $110k $26,436 $27,064
    $110,001+ $26,061 $26,680
  • Rutgers University-Camden

    Camden
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,501 $14,835
    Room and Board $12,094 $12,336
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,137 $3,413
    Total $31,082 $31,934
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,477 $9,737
    $30,001 - $48k $8,895 $9,139
    $48,001 - $75k $11,935 $12,262
    $75,001 - $110k $16,979 $17,444
    $110,001+ $23,996 $24,654
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    New Brunswick
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,638 $14,974
    Room and Board $12,452 $12,706
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $3,137 $3,413
    Total $31,577 $32,443
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,108 $12,440
    $30,001 - $48k $13,671 $14,046
    $48,001 - $75k $19,727 $20,268
    $75,001 - $110k $26,305 $27,026
    $110,001+ $28,187 $28,960
  • Stockton University

    Galloway
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,404 $13,739
    Room and Board $12,120 $12,282
    Books $1,597 $1,597
    Other Expenses $3,160 $3,220
    Total $30,281 $30,838
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,797 $14,051
    $30,001 - $48k $15,082 $15,359
    $48,001 - $75k $20,755 $21,137
    $75,001 - $110k $24,088 $24,531
    $110,001+ $25,821 $26,296
  • The College of New Jersey

    Ewing
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,149 $16,551
    Room and Board $13,201 $13,617
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,918 $3,624
    Total $34,468 $34,992
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,646 $12,838
    $30,001 - $48k $15,192 $15,423
    $48,001 - $75k $24,862 $25,240
    $75,001 - $110k $30,378 $30,840
    $110,001+ $31,936 $32,422
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey

    Wayne
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,652 $13,060
    Room and Board $11,317 $11,535
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,140 $3,140
    Total $28,709 $29,335
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,982 $13,265
    $30,001 - $48k $14,034 $14,340
    $48,001 - $75k $18,367 $18,767
    $75,001 - $110k $21,386 $21,852
    $110,001+ $20,840 $21,294

Private NJ Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bloomfield College

    Bloomfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,300 $29,950
    Room and Board $11,700 $11,950
    Books $1,300 $1,230
    Other Expenses $3,370 $2,816
    Total $45,670 $45,946
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,777 $19,897
    $30,001 - $48k $19,877 $19,997
    $48,001 - $75k $22,748 $22,885
    $75,001 - $110k $25,575 $25,730
    $110,001+ $25,408 $25,562
  • Caldwell University

    Caldwell
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $34,100 $34,715
    Room and Board $12,300 $12,025
    Books $2,400 $2,100
    Other Expenses $2,100 $1,800
    Total $50,900 $50,640
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,059 $14,982
    $30,001 - $48k $20,618 $20,513
    $48,001 - $75k $25,627 $25,496
    $75,001 - $110k $28,829 $28,682
    $110,001+ $32,035 $31,871
  • Centenary University

    Hackettstown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,580 $32,998
    Room and Board $11,110 $11,444
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,416 $3,590
    Total $48,306 $49,232
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,586 $13,846
    $30,001 - $48k $16,306 $16,619
    $48,001 - $75k $18,137 $18,485
    $75,001 - $110k $25,615 $26,106
    $110,001+ $28,379 $28,923
  • Drew University

    Madison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $49,468 $39,800
    Room and Board $13,696 $14,108
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,122 $2,122
    Total $66,486 $57,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,856 $16,231
    $30,001 - $48k $18,874 $16,246
    $48,001 - $75k $22,185 $19,096
    $75,001 - $110k $25,348 $21,819
    $110,001+ $35,902 $30,904
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

    Teaneck
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $39,446 $40,732
    Room and Board $13,086 $13,370
    Books $1,230 $1,230
    Other Expenses $2,856 $2,856
    Total $56,618 $58,188
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,023 $9,273
    $30,001 - $48k $11,108 $11,416
    $48,001 - $75k $15,410 $15,837
    $75,001 - $110k $22,171 $22,786
    $110,001+ $21,307 $21,898
  • Felician University

    Lodi
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,650 $34,320
    Room and Board $12,630 $12,880
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,050 $3,050
    Total $50,630 $51,550
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,634 $13,882
    $30,001 - $48k $14,920 $15,191
    $48,001 - $75k $21,030 $21,412
    $75,001 - $110k $23,783 $24,215
    $110,001+ $22,633 $23,044
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus

    Madison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,780 $43,142
    Room and Board $13,130 $13,416
    Books $1,230 $1,230
    Other Expenses $2,856 $2,856
    Total $58,996 $60,644
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,362 $13,735
    $30,001 - $48k $13,831 $14,217
    $48,001 - $75k $21,317 $21,912
    $75,001 - $110k $23,455 $24,110
    $110,001+ $28,128 $28,914
  • Georgian Court University

    Lakewood
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $32,260 $32,976
    Room and Board $10,808 $10,808
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $6,600 $6,600
    Total $51,018 $51,734
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,087 $17,327
    $30,001 - $48k $17,694 $17,942
    $48,001 - $75k $21,238 $21,536
    $75,001 - $110k $25,836 $26,199
    $110,001+ $29,549 $29,964
  • Monmouth University

    West Long Branch
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,733 $38,138
    Room and Board $13,451 $13,908
    Books $1,038 $1,046
    Other Expenses $3,638 $3,887
    Total $54,860 $56,979
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,011 $20,784
    $30,001 - $48k $19,117 $19,855
    $48,001 - $75k $27,540 $28,604
    $75,001 - $110k $33,176 $34,457
    $110,001+ $37,097 $38,530
  • Princeton University

    Princeton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $47,140 $50,340
    Room and Board $15,610 $16,360
    Books $1,050 $1,050
    Other Expenses $3,150 $3,150
    Total $66,950 $70,900
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $2,586 $2,739
    $30,001 - $48k $2,641 $2,797
    $48,001 - $75k $4,620 $4,893
    $75,001 - $110k $17,235 $18,252
    $110,001+ $34,425 $36,456
  • Rider University

    Lawrenceville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,310 $42,860
    Room and Board $14,700 $15,280
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,500
    Total $59,510 $62,140
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,931 $21,856
    $30,001 - $48k $22,168 $23,148
    $48,001 - $75k $26,148 $27,304
    $75,001 - $110k $31,702 $33,103
    $110,001+ $35,408 $36,973
  • Saint Peter's University

    Jersey City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $36,402 $37,486
    Room and Board $15,334 $15,414
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,300 $1,300
    Total $54,036 $55,200
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,219 $9,418
    $30,001 - $48k $9,332 $9,533
    $48,001 - $75k $15,615 $15,951
    $75,001 - $110k $21,251 $21,709
    $110,001+ $21,982 $22,456
  • Seton Hall University

    South Orange
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,588 $42,170
    Room and Board $13,502 $14,500
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $57,090 $59,670
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,918 $20,818
    $30,001 - $48k $23,004 $24,044
    $48,001 - $75k $27,957 $29,220
    $75,001 - $110k $31,889 $33,330
    $110,001+ $35,068 $36,653
  • College of Saint Elizabeth

    Morristown
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,131 $33,596
    Room and Board $12,744 $12,744
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,899 $4,908
    Total $52,074 $52,548
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,097 $16,244
    $30,001 - $48k $16,679 $16,831
    $48,001 - $75k $23,240 $23,452
    $75,001 - $110k $30,246 $30,521
    $110,001+ $33,646 $33,952
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

    Hoboken
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $50,554 $52,202
    Room and Board $14,780 $14,840
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,250 $1,050
    Total $67,784 $69,292
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,148 $25,707
    $30,001 - $48k $27,277 $27,884
    $48,001 - $75k $31,845 $32,553
    $75,001 - $110k $33,890 $34,644
    $110,001+ $44,218 $45,202
 

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