Tuition and Fee and Room and Board Charges over Time, 2003-04 through 2013-14

The annual increase in inflation-adjusted average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities has declined in each of the past five years, from 9.5% in 2009‑10 to 0.9% in 2013-14.

Table 2B: Average Tuition and Fee and Room and Board Charges in 2013 Dollars, 2003-04 to 2013-14
Notes & Sources 

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

  • The annual increase in inflation-adjusted average published tuition and fees at public two-year colleges declined from 10.2% in 2009-10 to 5.4% in 2010‑11 and to 4.6% in 2011‑12 and 2012‑13, and was 1.5% in 2013-14.
  • In both the public four-year and private nonprofit four‑year sectors, the largest one-year percentage increase in the constant dollar published price for tuition, fees, and room and board from 2003-04 to 2013-14 was in 2009‑10.