Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time, 2006-07 to 2016-17

In all three sectors, the largest one-year increases in inflation adjusted tuition and fees over the last 10 years were in 2009-10.

Table 2B: Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board in 2016 Dollars, 2006-07 to 2016-17

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.

  • Average tuition and fees at public two-year colleges declined in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The average published price rose by less than 1% in 2013-14 and 2014-15 in this sector. Prices increased by less than 1% in 2013-14 in the public four-year sector and in 2008-09 and 2011-12 at private nonprofit four-year institutions.
  • In 2016-17, the rate of increase in published prices was lower than the year before in all sectors and lower than both the 10-year and 30-year averages for the public two-year and four-year sectors. It was similar to historical averages in the private nonprofit sector.