Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector and Region, 2016-17

In 2016-17, average published tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities range from $8,990 in the South to $12,460 in New England.

Figure 2: Average Tuition and Fees and Room and Board (Enrollment-Weighted) by Sector and College Board Region, 2016-17

Notes & Sources 

Notes: Public two-year room and board charges are based on commuter housing and food costs. States and territories included in the regions are as follows: Middle States: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and PR; Midwest: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI, and WV; New England: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT; South: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and VA; Southwest: AR, NM, OK, and TX; West: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY.

Sources: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

  • In 2016-17, average published tuition and fees for full-time in-district students at public two-year colleges range from $2,500 in the West to $5,210 in New England.
  • In 2016-17, the dollar gap between average tuition and fees at public four-year and public two-year institutions was largest in New England ($7,250) and smallest in the South ($5,310).
  • Average room and board charges at public four-year institutions range from $8,760 in the Southwest to $12,310 in the West. Room and board as a percentage of total charges ranges from 48% in the Midwest and New England to 57% in the West.
  • Increases in average tuition and fees at public four-year institutions from 2006-07 to 2016-17 ranged from 24% ($1,970 in 2016 dollars) in the Midwest to 66% ($3,640) in the West. Despite this large increase, the average price in the West in 2016-17 is $3,320 (27%) lower than the price in New England, where the price rose 37% over the decade.
  • The largest percentage increase in average tuition and fees at public two-year colleges between 2006-07 and 2016-17 was 61% in the West, which has the lowest published tuition and fees in 2016-17.