Net Price at Public Four-Year Institutions by Residency, Dependency Status, and Income, 2011-12

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On average, in 2011-12, full-time in-state students at public four-year universities from families with incomes below $30,000 received enough grant aid to cover tuition and fees and have about $2,320 left to put toward room, board, and other expenses.

Figure 2014_14A: Published and Net Prices of Full-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions, by State Residency, Dependency Status, and Family Income, 2011-12

Figure 14A represents Net Price at Public Four-Year Institutions by Residency, Dependency Status, and Income, 2011-12. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Family income quartiles are based on all dependent undergraduate students across all sectors. Lowest: less than $30,000; second: $30,000 to $64,999; third: $65,000 to $105,999; highest: $106,000 or higher. Total grant aid includes veterans’ benefits. Includes full-time undergraduate students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

SOURCE: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012.

  • At public four-year institutions, in-state students from the lowest family income quartile had to cover about $11,020 for living costs and other expenses from sources other than grant aid.
  • At public four-year institutions, the difference between average net tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state students in 2011-12 ranged from $8,590 for the lowest income quartile to $10,980 for full-time students from families with incomes of $106,000 or higher.