2020 Trade Schools and Career Colleges Overview

For academic year 2019-2020, 1,938 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 $14,550 for out-of-state students. The amount is average over all vocational programs and it varies by area of study and program length.
  • Total 294,943 students have enrolled in such trade schools an career colleges and, of that, 5,860 students enrolled online exclusively.
  • The average students to faculty ratio is 14.45 to 1.
  • The average financial aid amount received at trade schools is $4,695.
  • The average graduation rate is 70.45%.

Trade Schools Statistics by State

StateNumber of Trade SchoolsAverage Tuition & Fees Number of StudentsGraduation RateAverage Amount of Financial AidStudents to Faculty Ratio
Alaska1 $4,413185 92.00%$2,91112 to 1
Alabama18 $14,2251,877 67.94%$4,74717 to 1
Arkansas32 $14,7632,496 62.86%$4,66214 to 1
Arizona43 $14,9658,118 74.55%$4,20115 to 1
California214 $16,26040,901 75.00%$4,96817 to 1
Colorado21 $14,4646,413 68.79%$3,76014 to 1
Connecticut34 $16,5826,541 73.18%$4,00312 to 1
District of Columbia3 $18,766584 73.33%$4,42319 to 1
Delaware9 $13,2461,347 67.25%$4,64614 to 1
Florida131 $12,35926,297 75.11%$4,23015 to 1
Georgia34 $17,5855,721 62.00%$4,61715 to 1
Hawaii4 $35,515180 80.33%$6,2389 to 1
Iowa1 $9,50027 67.00%$3,1877 to 1
Idaho6 $14,248558 71.40%$4,06512 to 1
Illinois89 $16,31010,222 69.10%$4,65313 to 1
Indiana32 $16,2783,678 59.24%$4,54814 to 1
Kansas13 $16,0932,582 74.17%$4,78111 to 1
Kentucky20 $15,4181,752 53.58%$4,87816 to 1
Louisiana55 $14,9157,724 66.37%$5,39314 to 1
Massachusetts50 $13,4605,440 71.43%$4,20712 to 1
Maryland27 $17,6754,437 65.04%$3,87117 to 1
Maine5 $15,807782 78.60%$4,20413 to 1
Michigan70 $16,65410,216 68.43%$4,94015 to 1
Minnesota13 $17,1221,638 70.17%$4,56511 to 1
Missouri55 $13,3903,641 70.00%$5,61711 to 1
Mississippi17 $14,2452,338 72.06%$5,23815 to 1
Montana5 $12,592113 78.25%$4,84611 to 1
North Carolina31 $16,4174,764 69.76%$4,82914 to 1
North Dakota3 $12,60849 90.67%$7,97211 to 1
New Hampshire12 $18,281885 78.25%$4,09210 to 1
New Jersey65 $16,36011,588 68.59%$4,38716 to 1
New Mexico9 $14,2001,508 60.67%$4,22817 to 1
Nevada15 $16,7592,620 67.67%$4,17411 to 1
New York126 $14,11017,173 75.63%$5,01115 to 1
Ohio83 $11,4939,736 75.51%$4,89211 to 1
Oklahoma53 $9,09515,980 67.90%$4,54612 to 1
Oregon8 $14,1561,142 74.67%$4,03624 to 1
Pennsylvania101 $16,1749,850 70.98%$4,71513 to 1
Puerto Rico49 $9,1877,426 66.17%$5,27419 to 1
Rhode Island8 $16,9031,822 75.25%$4,10013 to 1
South Carolina29 $14,3943,108 61.75%$4,67915 to 1
Tennessee42 $14,4153,990 65.11%$4,53914 to 1
Texas165 $14,04425,984 66.75%$4,63617 to 1
Utah35 $12,51312,844 70.78%$3,97412 to 1
Virginia34 $13,0253,045 75.96%$4,33913 to 1
Vermont2 $19,125177 82.50%$6,78612 to 1
Washington27 $14,5603,039 72.00%$4,64114 to 1
Wisconsin16 $17,3261,145 66.69%$4,14311 to 1
West Virginia22 $7,9541,246 75.81%$5,62012 to 1
Wyoming1 $16,20014 79.00%$4,93310 to 1