Report Sheds Light on Price of Attendance

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Average tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates generally increased from 2009-10 to 2011-12t four-year public institutions tuition increased 9 percent (to about $7,200) for in-state students and 6 percent increase (to approximately $16,500) for out-of-state students. Nonprofit institutions reported a 4 percent increase (to about $23,300) during the same period.

Those findings are part of a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics called “Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2011-12, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2010-11, and 12-Month Enrollment: 2010-11.”

The report, available as a PDF download here, collects institution-level data from postsecondary institutions in the United States and other U.S. jurisdictions.

Other findings include:

  • In 2011-12, of the 7,398 Title IV institutions in the United States and other U.S. jurisdictions, 3,053 were classified as four-year institutions, 2,332 were two-year institutions, and the remaining 2,013 were less-than-two-year institutions.
  • For-profit institutions reported average tuition and required fees of approximately $15,200 for 2011-12, which corresponds to no change when compared to the inflation-adjusted figure from 2009-10.
  • Institutions reported a 12-month unduplicated headcount enrollment totaling about 29.5 million individual students (table 3). Of these, roughly 25.6 million were undergraduates and approximately 3.9 million were graduate students.
  • Of the roughly 3.6 million degrees institutions reported conferring, about 2.9 million were awarded by four-year institutions and approximately 650,000 were awarded by two-year institutions.
  • The cost of books and supplies at public and private schools changed little for the most part, except at two-year public schools, where the cost increased nearly 2 percent.
  • On campus room and board costs rose, too, at both public and private two- and four-year schools, between 3.0 and 3.9 percent.