Tuition and Fees over Time

Between 2008-09 and 2018-19, average published tuition and fee prices rose by $930 (in 2018 dollars) at public two-year colleges, by $2,670 at public four-year institutions, and by $7,390 at private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities.

Figure 3: Average Published Tuition and Fees in 2018 Dollars by Sector, 1988-89 to 2018-19

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 average published tuition and fee price at public two-year colleges was 51% of the average price at public four-year institutions in 1988-89 and 36% in 2008-09 and 2018-19.