Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time, 2004-05 to 2014-15

After increases as high as 9.5% beyond inflation in 2009-10 and 6.5% in 2010-11, average published tuition and fee prices for full-time in-state students at public four-year institutions increased by less than 1% in real terms in 2013-14 and again in 2014-15.

Table 2B: Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board in 2014 Dollars, 2004-05 to 2014-15

Table 2B represents Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board in 2014 Dollars, 2004-05 to 2014-15. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing.

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Average tuition and fee prices reflect in-district charges for public two-year institutions and in-state charges for public four-year institutions.

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

  • Increases in inflation-adjusted published tuition and fees in the public two-year and private nonprofit four-year sectors were also below 2% in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  • In the public four-year sector, the increase in published tuition and fees from $2,810 (in 2014 dollars) in 1984-85 to $9,139 in 2014-15 is an increase of 225%, or 4.0% per year over 30 years. The increase over the most recent five years, from 2009-10 to 2014-15, was 17%, or 3.2% per year.
  • In the public two-year sector, the increase in published tuition and fees from $1,337 (in 2014 dollars) in 1984-85 to $3,347 in 2014-15 is an increase of 150%, or 3.1% per year over 30 years. The increase over the most recent five years, from 2009-10 to 2014-15, is 18%, or 3.3% per year.
  • In the private nonprofit four-year sector, the increase in published tuition and fees from $12,716 (in 2014 dollars) in 1984-85 to $31,231 in 2014-15 is 146%, or 3.0% per year over 30 years. The increase over the most recent five years, from 2009-10 to 2014-15, is 10%, or 1.9% per year.