Average Net Price over Time for Full-Time Students, by Sector

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The average net tuition and fee price paid by full-time in-state students at public four-year institutions rose $860 (in 2016 dollars) between 2006-07 and 2016-17, from $2,910 (in 2016 dollars) to $3,770.

Table 7: Published and Net Prices in 2016 Dollars by Sector, Full-Time Undergraduate Students, 1990-91 to 2016-17

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 2016-17 is not yet available, the net price for 2016-17 is estimated based on 2015-16 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 2016.

  • Both average net tuition and fees and average net tuition and fees and room and board for full-time public two-year college students are lower in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2016-17 than they were in 2006-07.
  • In 2016-17, on average after grant aid, full-time students at public two-year colleges must cover about $7,560 in books and supplies and living expenses.
  • In 2016-17, after considering grant aid and federal education tax credits and deductions, full-time students at private nonprofit four-year institutions pay average net tuition and fees of about $14,190, compared to an average published price of $33,480.