Distribution of Full-Time Four-Year Undergraduates by Tuition and Fees, 2017-18

In 2017-18, while the median price for full-time students attending private nonprofit four-year institutions is $35,260, 10% of full-time students attend institutions with prices below $12,000 and 13% attend institutions charging $51,000 or more.

Figure 2: Distribution of Full-Time Undergraduates at Four-Year Institutions by Published Tuition and Fees, 2017-18

Figure 2 represents Distribution of Full-Time Undergraduates at Four-Year Institutions by Published Tuition and Fees, 2017-18. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: For out-of-state students enrolled in public four-year institutions, the nonresident premium has been added to in-state tuition and fees. Some out-of-state students benefit from reciprocity agreements, which allow students from neighboring states to pay less than the full out-of-state price. The distribution of students across institutions is based on the latest available enrollment data, which are for fall 2015. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
 
SOURCES: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS Fall 2015 Enrollment data.
  • In 2017-18, among all full-time public four-year undergraduates, including both in-state and out-of-state students, 35% are enrolled in institutions with published tuition and fee levels between $6,000 and $8,999, 3% are in institutions with lower prices, and 17% face published prices of $15,000 or more.
  • Half of the full-time students enrolled at public and private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities in 2017-18 face published tuition and fee prices of $12,090 or above.