Tuition and Fee and Room and Board Charges over Time, 1973-74 through 2013-14, Selected Years

Average published tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities increased by 19% beyond the rate of inflation over the five years from 2003-04 to 2008-09, and by another 27% between 2008-09 and 2013-14.

Table 2A: Average Tuition and Fee and Room and Board Charges in 2013 Dollars, 1973-74 to 2013-14, Selected Years
Notes & Sources 

SOURCES: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS.

  • The 14% real increase in average published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year institutions from 2008‑09 to 2013‑14 was larger than the 9% increase over the previous five years.
  • Average published tuition and fees at public two-year colleges increased by just 4% in inflation-adjusted dollars, from $2,425 (in 2013 dollars) in 2003-04 to $2,530 in 2008-09, but by 29%, to $3,264 in 2013-14.