Average Rates of Growth of Published Charges by Decade
Between 2005-06 and 2015-16, published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased at an average rate of 3.4% per year beyond inflation, compared to average annual rates of increase of 4.2% between 1985-86 and 1995-96 and 4.3% between 1995-96 and 2005-06.
Figure 5: Average Annual Percentage Increase in Inflation-Adjusted Published Prices by Decade, 1985-86 to 2015-16
Notes & Sources
NOTES: Nonfederal loans include loans to students from states and institutions in addition to private loans issued by banks, credit unions, and Sallie Mae. Values for all types of nonfederal loans are best estimates and are less precise than federal loan amounts.
SOURCES: See page 42 for a list of sources for loans included in Figure 5.
- The average annual rate of increase of published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year institutions declined from 3.5% between 1985-86 and 1995-96 to 3.0% between 1995-96 and 2005-06 and to 2.4% between 2005-06 and 2015-16.
- Room and board charges consistently rise more slowly than tuition and fees, but over the most recent decade, the gap between these rates of growth was small by historical standards in both the public and private nonprofit four-year sectors.