Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector, 2016-17

The average published tuition and fee price for in-state students enrolled full time at public four-year colleges and universities is $9,650 in 2016-17, $230 (2.4% before adjusting for inflation) higher than it was in 2015-16.

Table 1A: Average Published Charges (Enrollment-Weighted) for Full-Time Undergraduates by Sector, 2016-17

Notes & Sources 

Notes: Prices in Table 1A are not adjusted for inflation. Prices reported for 2015-16 have been revised and may differ from those reported in Trends in College Pricing 2015. Public two-year room and board charges are based on commuter housing and food costs. Tuition and fee figures for the for-profit sector should be interpreted with caution because of the relatively small sample.

Sources: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

Enrollment-weighted tuition and fees weight the price charged by each institution by the number of full-time undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2014. Public four-year in-state charges are weighted by total fall 2014 full-time undergraduate enrollment in each institution, including both in-state students and out-of-state students. Out-of-state tuition and fees are computed by adding the average in-state price to the out-of-state premium weighted by the number of full-time out-of-state undergraduate students enrolled at each institution. Room and board charges are weighted by the number of undergraduate students residing on campus for four-year institutions and by the number of commuter students for public two-year institutions.

  • Because average published tuition and fees rose more for out-of-state students than for in-state students in 2016-17, the out-of-state premium increased by 4.3%, from $14,650 to $15,280.
  • In 2016-17, the average published tuition and fee price of $33,480 at private nonprofit four-year institutions is $8,550 (34%) higher than the average public four-year out-of-state price. Average published charges, including tuition and fees and room and board, are $10,000 (28%) higher in the private sector.
  • In 2016-17, the average published tuition and fee price of $3,520 at public two-year colleges is 36% of the average in-state public four-year price.
  • The estimated $16,000 average tuition and fee price for full-time students enrolled in for-profit institutions in 2016-17 is about 4.5 times as high as the average price at public two-year colleges and 1.7 times as high as the average in-state price at public four-year institutions.