Tuition and Fees by Sector and State over Time

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In 2016-17, average published tuition and fee prices for in-state students at public four-year institutions range from $5,060 in Wyoming and $6,360 in Florida to $15,450 in Vermont and $15,650 in New Hampshire.

Table 5: Average Published Tuition and Fees by State in Current Dollars and in 2016 Dollars, 2004-05 to 2016-17

Notes & Sources 

Notes: Average tuition and fee prices are weighted by full-time enrollment. Data on individual states should be interpreted with caution because of the possible impact of reporting errors and missing data on states with small numbers of institutions.

Sources: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

  • In 2016-17, average published tuition and fee prices for in-district students at public two-year institutions range from $1,430 in California and $1,660 in New Mexico to $6,530 in New Hampshire and $7,740 in Vermont.
  • In nine states, average published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions fell or increased by less than 5% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2011-12 and 2016-17. In six of those states, the 2016-17 prices for in-state students are below the national average but, in three states, the prices are above the national average.
  • In eight states, average tuition and fees at public two-year colleges either fell or rose by less than 5% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2011-12 and 2016-17. In New Hampshire, which has the second highest price in the country, the average tuition and fees declined by 9% in real terms over these five years, but remained more than $3,000 above the national average.