Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time, 1976-77 to 2016-17, Selected Years

Between 2011-12 and 2016-17, published tuition and fee prices rose by 9% in the public four-year sector, by 11% at public two-year colleges, and by 13% at private nonprofit four-year institutions, after adjusting for inflation.

Table 2A: Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board in 2016 Dollars, 1976-77 to 2016-17, Selected Years

Notes & Sources 

Notes: Average tuition and fee prices reflect in-district charges for public two-year institutions and in-state charges for public four-year institutions.

Sources: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS data.

  • The price increases in the public sectors over the most recent five years build on larger increases over the preceding five years.