Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector, 2013-14

The 2.9% increase in tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities in 2013-14 followed increases of 4.5% in 2012-13 and 8.5% in 2011-12 (before adjusting for inflation) and was the smallest percentage increase in over 30 years.

Table 1A: Average Published Charges for Full-Time Undergraduates by Type and Control of Institution, 2013-14 (Enrollment-Weighted)

Enrollment-weighted tuition and fees weight the price charged by each institution by the number of full-time students enrolled in fall 2012. Public four-year in-state charges are weighted by total fall 2012 full-time enrollment in each institution, including both in-state students and out-of-state students. Out-of-state tuition and fees are computed by adding the average in-state price to the out-of-state premium weighted by the number of full-time out-of-state students enrolled at each institution. Room and board charges are weighted by the number of students residing on campus for four-year institutions and by the number of commuter students for public two-year institutions.

Notes & Sources 

— Sample too small to provide meaningful information.

NOTE: Prices reported for 2012-13 have been revised and may differ from those reported in Trends in College Pricing 2012. Public two-year room and board charges are based on commuter housing and food costs. Tuition and fee figures for the for-profit sector should be interpreted with caution because of the low response rate. Available data are insufficient to report on room and board budgets for students in the for-profit sector.

SOURCE: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

  • Average in-state published tuition and fees at public four‑year institutions increased from $8,646 in 2012-13 to $8,893 in 2013‑14.
  • In 2013-14, the percentage increase in published tuition and fee prices for out-of-state students was 3.1%, slightly higher than that for state residents at public four-year institutions. The dollar gap in the two prices increased from $12,887 to $13,310.
  • The $110 increase in average published tuition and fees for full-time students at public two-year colleges reflected a 3.5% increase from $3,154 in 2012-13 to $3,264 in 2013-14.
  • The $1,105 increase in average published tuition and fees for full-time students at private nonprofit four-year institutions reflected a 3.8% increase from $28,989 in 2012-13 to $30,094 in 2013‑14.