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How Has College Tuition Increased over Time?

Between the 1990-91 and 2009-10 school years, the average price of a room, meal plan and tuition at private schools increased by nearly 148%. For the same time period, public college and university prices went up by 186%. Between 1985 and 2010, the average college tuition at a four-year, public institution in the United States went from $1,386 US Dollars (USD) to $8,123 USD — 486% increase whereas tuition at two-year colleges increased by 291% from $584 USD to $2,285 USD.

Learn more about US college tuition:

  • The cost of room and board in public colleges and universities increased by almost 230% between 1985 and 2010.

  • In 2010, the average tuition at a private college or university was 310% more than the average college tuition at public schools.

  • In the United States, the average federal financial aid award in 1995 was $2,596 USD. By 2011, the average aid package was $4,341 USD, a 67% increase.

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anon290200
Post 5

I think many are slipping away from the high cost of education, and are slipping into the asian countries who give easy tests and then they slip out.

anon290198
Post 4

Good comment momcat. I just paid off my daughter's student loan. She is 40, and I felt badly for her. Yes, $29,000 of outstanding student loan for a decent job. That was half. Does this make any sense?

momcat
Post 3

If the government would quit raising how much they will allow for loans, the costs would go down. Why do they need gyms and spas in the dorms, anyway? They're dorms, not the country club.

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