Funding Education

AAVMC Cost Comparison Tool

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has developed this Cost Comparison Tool to help prospective students further develop a financial plan for veterinary school. As concerns continue to grow about the increasing educational debt held by recent veterinary school graduates, it is imperative that prospective students take time to consider and plan for the costs associated with becoming a veterinarian.

The Cost Comparison Tool below presents several key pieces of financial data that should be considered when applying to veterinary school. The map tab provides data for all 30 colleges in the United States; the map includes resident and non-resident total tuition (adjusted for colleges where residency may be established after the first year) charged to the class of 2016, the average annual increase in tuition, the amount of institutional scholarship aid awarded, the percentage of students to whom it was awarded and the average amount of loan debt accrued while enrolled in veterinary school.

The Tool does not include data about the cost of living for each of the colleges; prospective students should research each location to learn about the cost of living in order to build a modest budget to cover personal expenses while in school. 

The tool contains three interactive "dashboards." The first is a map which has icons for all of the veterinary medical colleges in the United States and sliders which can be used to narrow the number of schools to those that meet your specific criteria. Hovering the curser over the orange school icons will call up a "tooltip" which contains all of the workbook's information about each school.

The other dashboards can be accessed by clicking on the titled tabs. The Tuition Comparison dashboards present in-state and out-of-state tuition information for each American veterinary medical college. Sliders on the right side of the dashboard allow you to narrow schools based on the values.

The workbooks can be reset by clicking the icon in the upper right corner on any of the sliders.

Data for AAVMC international members who accept US citizens will be added to the data visualizations at a later date.

If you have any questions about the tool or the data please email for more information.