Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over Time

Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased from $3,190 in 2017 dollars in 1987-88 to $9,970 in 2017-18.

Figure 3: Average Published Tuition and Fees in 2017 Dollars by Sector, 1987-88 to 2017-18

Figure 3 represents Average Published Tuition and Fees in 2017 Dollars by Sector, 1987-88 to 2017-18. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: 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 Fall Enrollment data.
  • The 10-year dollar increases (in 2017 dollars) over the past three decades ranged from $310 to $870 at public two-year colleges, from $1,550 to $2,690 at public four-year institutions, and from $5,860 to $7,220 in the private nonprofit four-year sector.