Tuition at public colleges and universities hit record levels in 2012

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Thursday, July 11, 2013

College tuition has been rising steadily for decades. Average tuition rose by more than 8 percent in 2012 and now tops $5,000 a year, a record high, according to a new report from the State Higher Education Officers Association, CNN Money reports:

Average tuition costs—the amount students paid in tuition and fees after state and institutional aid was taken into account—rose by 8.3% to an average of $5,189 in the 2011-12 school year, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association reported. In the previous academic year, students paid an average of $4,793.

At the same time, state and local funding for operating expenses, research and student aid fell by 9% to $5,896, the lowest level in 25 years, said association president Paul Lingenfelter.

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