Tuition and Fees by Sector and State over Time

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In 2015-16, average published tuition and fee prices for in-state students at public four-year institutions range from $4,890 in Wyoming and $6,350 in Montana to $14,990 in Vermont and $15,160 in New Hampshire.

Table 5: Average Published Tuition and Fees by State in Current Dollars and in 2015 Dollars, 2004-05 to 2015-16

Table 5 represents Average Published Tuition and Fees by State in Current Dollars and in 2015 Dollars, 2004-05 to 2015-16

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Average tuition and fee prices are weighted by full-time enrollment. Data on individual states should be interpreted with caution because of the possible impact of reporting errors and missing data on states with small numbers of institutions.

SOURCE: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.
 

  • Average published tuition and fee prices for in-district students at public two-year institutions range from $1,420 in California and $1,680 in New Mexico to $6,510 in New Hampshire and $7,530 in Vermont.
  • In 18 states, average in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased by less than 10% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2010-11 and 2015-16. In nine of those states, the 2015-16 prices are below the national average; in nine of those states, the prices are above the national average.
  • California’s 59% inflation-adjusted increase in average published tuition and fees for full-time students at public two-year colleges between 2010-11 and 2015-16 was second only to Louisiana’s 64% increase. Nonetheless, California’s price, the lowest in the country, is about $2,000 below the national average.
  • In five states, average tuition and fees at public two-year colleges either fell slightly or rose by less than 5% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2010-11 and 2015-16. In New Hampshire, which has the second-highest price in the country, the average tuition and fees declined by 5% in real terms over these five years, but remained almost $3,100 above the national average.