Average Net Price over Time for Full-Time Students at Public Two-Year Institutions

In 2017-18, full-time students at public two-year colleges receive an average of about $3,900 in grant aid and federal education tax credits and deductions—$330 more than required to cover tuition and fees.

Figure 8: Average Published and Net Prices in 2017 Dollars, Full-Time In-District Undergraduate Students at Public Two-Year Institutions, 1997-98 to 2017-18

Figure 8 represents Average Published and Net Prices in 2017 Dollars, Full-Time In-District Undergraduate Students at Public Two-Year Institutions, 1997-98 to 2017-18. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Estimates of net price exclude military/veterans aid, which awards relatively large amounts to a small number of students. Because information on grant aid and education tax benefits for 2017-18 is not yet available, the net price for 2017-18 is estimated based on 2016-17 financial aid data. Room and board in this sector refers to housing and food costs for commuter students since few community colleges provide on-campus housing.

SOURCES: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; Trends in Student Aid 2017; NCES, IPEDS Fall Enrollment data.

  • In 2017-18, full-time students at public two-year colleges must cover about $8,070 in room and board on average after grant aid, in addition to paying for books and supplies and other living expenses.
  • In 2017-18, the average net tuition and fee price paid by full-time public two-year college students is $680 (in 2017 dollars) less than in 2007-08—but $290 more than in 2012-13.
  • Between 2007-08 and 2017-18, the average published tuition and fees at public two-year colleges increased by $870 (32%) after adjusting for inflation. Average combined grant aid and tax benefits increased by $1,550 (66%) over the decade.