Cost of College by State 18th Week 2015


The following tuition rates have been approved by the State Board for Community Colleges. These tuition and fees rates are effective for the Summer Semester 2015.

It is the responsibility of the state to cover tuition costs. However, tuition costs only take up thirty-three percent of total educational costs in these institutions. Most colleges and universities increase tuition costs or reduce the number of programs on offer. This cost is transferred to students who have to attend college regardless of their financial situation. This situation is further aggravated by competition among different sectors of the economy. There are sectors in the federal government that command more money: these include the health sector.

Information on institutional revenues and expenditures and on changing enrollment patterns supplement the data on prices to give a clearer picture of the circumstances of students and their institutions.

These are the state or regional average tuition, fee, and room and board charges. These fees are subject to change without further notice depending on the institution.

Average published tuition and fee rates for local students at public two-year institutions costs from $1,429 in California and $1,645 in New Mexico to $6,500 in New Hampshire and $7,320 in Vermont. One cannot that these fees are also varied from State to State.

From 2009-10 to 2014-15, there has been gradual increase in public four-year in-state tuition and fees ranged from 0% beyond inflation in Maine and 3% in Montana to 46% in Georgia and 54% in Louisiana. Georgia and Louisiana, tuition and fees are below the national average. Over the years there has been a gradual increase in the cost of college.

2013-14 2014-15 1-Year % Change 5-Year % Change

California $1,453 $1,429 -2% 58%

Indiana $3,885 $4,152 7% 14%

Iowa $4,475 $4,541 1% 11%

Kansas $2,594 $2,628 1% 12%

Kentucky $4,408 $4,461 1% 7%

Louisiana $3,448 $3,683 7% 62%

Maine $3,466 $3,482 0% -3%

Data are for the entire academic year and are average total charges for full-time attendance. Tuition and fees were weighted by the number of full-time-equivalent undergraduates but were not adjusted to reflect student residency. Room and board were based on full-time students. Data through 1995-96 are for institutions of higher education while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees.

Many private colleges offer incredible financial award packages to attract good students. They also offer smaller class sizes, which increase the student's chance of attaining a degree in four years. International students still pay more tuition and college board fees. Despite the rising high cost of education, the College Board tries to regulate the fees paid by students. It is mandated to do so to prevent institutions taking advantage of students.