Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector, 2015-16

The average published tuition and fee price for in-state students enrolled full time at public four-year colleges and universities is $9,410 in 2015-16, $265 (2.9% before adjusting for inflation) higher than it was in 2014-15.

Table 1A: Average Published Charges (Enrollment-Weighted) for Full-Time Undergraduates by Sector, 2015-16

Table 1A represents Average Published Charges (Enrollment-Weighted) for Full-Time Undergraduates by Sector, 2015-16

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Prices in Table 1A are not adjusted for inflation. Prices reported for 2014-15 have been revised and may differ from those reported in Trends in College Pricing 2014. 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.

SOURCE: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

Enrollment-weighted tuition and fees weight the price charged by each institution by the number of full-time undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2014. Public four-year in-state charges are weighted by total fall 2014 full-time undergraduate 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 undergraduate students enrolled at each institution. Room and board charges are weighted by the number of undergraduate students residing on campus for four-year institutions and by the number of commuter students for public two-year institutions.

  • The average published tuition and fee price for full-time out-of-state students at public four-year institutions is about 2.5 times as high as the price for in-state students. The average out-of-state tuition premium increased from $13,962 in 2014-15 to $14,483 in 2015-16.
  • The average published in-district tuition and fee price for students enrolled full time at public two-year colleges increased by $99 (3.0% before adjusting for inflation) between 2014-15 and 2015-16.
  • The average published tuition and fee price for students enrolled full time at private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities increased by $1,122 (3.6%) between 2014-15 and 2015-16.
  • The estimated $15,610 average tuition and fee price for full-time students enrolled in for-profit institutions in 2015-16 is about 4.5 times as high as the average price at public two-year colleges and 66% higher than the average in-state price at public four-year colleges and universities.