Trade Schools and Career Colleges

2020 Trade Schools and Career Colleges Overview

For academic year 2019-2020, 1,937 trade schools, also called vocational schools, career colleges or technical colleges, are active. Here, a trade school is less than 2 years and mostly private schools. For the tuition and academic statistics and searching schools for certain vocational programs, we include community colleges (public 2-4 years colleges).
  • The 2020 average tuition & fees of trade schools is $14,554 for out-of-state students. The amount is average over all vocational programs and it varies by area of study and program length.
  • Total 273,795 students have enrolled in such trade schools an career colleges and, of that, 979 students enrolled online exclusively.
  • The average students to faculty ratio is 14.19 to 1.
  • The average financial aid amount received at trade schools is $4,445.
  • The average graduation rate is 70.12%.
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Trade Schools Statistics by State

StateNumber of Trade SchoolsAverage Tuition & Fees Number of StudentsGraduation RateAverage Amount of Financial AidStudents to Faculty Ratio
Alaska1 $4,413855 96.00%$2,21615 to 1
Alabama18 $14,2251,796 63.56%$4,38917 to 1
Arkansas32 $14,7672,566 63.00%$4,78514 to 1
Arizona43 $14,9657,389 70.06%$4,42915 to 1
California214 $16,26037,117 72.02%$4,75117 to 1
Colorado20 $15,0286,583 68.00%$3,68114 to 1
Connecticut34 $16,5826,314 72.33%$4,30311 to 1
District of Columbia3 $18,766512 72.67%$3,56622 to 1
Delaware9 $13,2461,215 70.00%$4,72714 to 1
Florida131 $12,37422,197 75.37%$3,88215 to 1
Georgia34 $17,5854,615 64.19%$4,44315 to 1
Hawaii4 $35,515183 76.00%$5,9799 to 1
Iowa1 $9,50028 100.00%$4,1429 to 1
Idaho6 $14,248556 70.20%$4,21515 to 1
Illinois89 $16,3109,440 68.24%$4,48012 to 1
Indiana32 $16,2783,175 62.29%$4,57914 to 1
Kansas13 $16,0932,923 70.09%$4,44012 to 1
Kentucky20 $15,4181,487 46.95%$4,74215 to 1
Louisiana55 $14,9156,961 65.51%$4,72614 to 1
Massachusetts50 $13,4605,175 75.38%$4,38212 to 1
Maryland27 $17,6754,146 64.68%$3,90717 to 1
Maine5 $15,807751 79.60%$4,32915 to 1
Michigan70 $16,6549,763 71.07%$4,54614 to 1
Minnesota13 $17,1221,686 66.67%$4,47513 to 1
Missouri55 $13,3963,580 69.98%$5,03410 to 1
Mississippi17 $14,2452,058 72.56%$4,25215 to 1
Montana5 $12,592184 75.75%$4,68215 to 1
North Carolina31 $16,4174,587 68.63%$4,35715 to 1
North Dakota3 $12,60849 72.33%$8,78912 to 1
New Hampshire12 $18,281934 75.75%$4,32213 to 1
New Jersey65 $16,36010,454 69.33%$3,96816 to 1
New Mexico9 $14,2001,409 70.75%$4,45614 to 1
Nevada15 $16,7592,695 72.00%$4,25312 to 1
New York126 $14,11017,984 77.70%$4,72214 to 1
Ohio83 $11,43110,692 74.20%$4,42511 to 1
Oklahoma53 $9,09513,249 65.32%$4,02612 to 1
Oregon8 $14,1561,093 78.00%$4,06815 to 1
Pennsylvania101 $16,1578,303 70.27%$4,62913 to 1
Puerto Rico49 $9,1978,463 68.42%$4,30816 to 1
Rhode Island8 $16,9031,762 73.13%$4,87414 to 1
South Carolina29 $14,3943,155 59.68%$4,51215 to 1
Tennessee42 $14,4153,583 69.58%$4,56614 to 1
Texas165 $14,05222,752 65.65%$4,33216 to 1
Utah35 $12,51311,299 72.31%$3,83511 to 1
Virginia34 $13,0252,732 72.19%$4,43313 to 1
Vermont2 $19,12595 85.00%$5,51110 to 1
Washington27 $14,5602,823 74.16%$4,36213 to 1
Wisconsin16 $17,326999 67.13%$4,53611 to 1
West Virginia22 $7,9521,379 75.05%$4,46712 to 1
Wyoming1 $16,20049 79.00%$4,89211 to 1
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Trade Schools with Most Students

Denver, CO
$10,781 Tuition & Fees5,066 Students39 Programs
Kaysville, UT
$3,958 Tuition & Fees3,162 Students45 Programs
Covington, LA
$18,000 Tuition & Fees2,357 Students2 Programs
Ogden, UT
$3,845 Tuition & Fees2,277 Students31 Programs
Stratford, CT
$17,590 Tuition & Fees1,982 Students11 Programs

Trade Schools Offering Most Programs

Oklahoma City, OK
$2,860 Tuition & Fees1,945 Students113 Programs
Kaysville, UT
$3,958 Tuition & Fees3,162 Students45 Programs
Woodward, OK
$3,021 Tuition & Fees307 Students43 Programs
Drumright, OK
$4,300 Tuition & Fees371 Students42 Programs
Denver, CO
$10,781 Tuition & Fees5,066 Students39 Programs