Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector and by Carnegie Classification, 2017-18

The average published tuition and fee price for full-time in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities is $9,970 in 2017-18, $300 (3.1% before adjusting for inflation) higher than it was in 2016-17.

Table 1:Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board in Current Dollars, 2016-17 and 2017-18

Published Charges by Sector and Carnegie Classification, 2017-18 chart

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Prices in Table 1 are not adjusted for inflation. Prices reported for 2016-17 have been revised and may differ from those reported in Trends in College Pricing 2016. Public two-year room and board charges are based on commuter housing and food costs. The latest tuition and fee estimate available for the for-profit sector is for 2016-17 and should be interpreted with caution because of the small sample size.
SOURCES: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS Fall 2015 Enrollment data.
Enrollment-weighted tuition and fees weight the price charged by each institution by the number of full-time undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2015. Public four-year in-state charges are weighted by total fall 2015 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.
  • The 2017-18 increase in published tuition and fees was largest in the private nonprofit sector, where the price increased by 3.6%($1,220) to $34,740.
  • Within both the public and private nonprofit sectors, prices vary by type of institution. Public four-year tuition and fee prices range from $8,230 at bachelor’s colleges and $8,670 at master’s institutions to $10,830 at doctoral universities. Average published prices for these types of institutions in the private nonprofit sector are $33,450, $29,960, and $42,920, respectively.
  • In 2017-18, the average published tuition and fee price of $3,570 at public two-year colleges is 36% of the average in-state public four-year price. The average public four-year out-of-state tuition and fee price of $25,620 is 74% of the published private nonprofit four-year tuition and fee price.
  • The $16,000 average tuition and fee price for full-time students enrolled in for-profit institutions in 2016-17 was more than 4.6 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.