ERIC Number: ED400764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-19
States' Average College Tuition.
Eglin, Joseph J., Jr.; And Others
This report presents statistical data on trends in tuition costs from 1980-81 through 1995-96. The average tuition for in-state undergraduate students of 4-year public colleges and universities for academic year 1995-96 was approximately 8.9 percent of median household income. This figure was obtained by dividing the students' average annual tuition by the state's median household income for calendar year 1994, the last year for which data were available. College tuition as a percentage of income varies widely among states, from 3.61 percent in Hawaii to 15.42 percent in Vermont, with the national average being 8.88 percent. From academic year 1980-81 through 1994-95, tuition charges at 4-year public colleges and universities for in-state undergraduate students increased nationally by 234 percent. In contrast, household incomes rose 82 percent during the same period, according to data from the consumer price index and other information from the "1995 Statistical Abstract of the United States". During the 15 years reviewed, prices and costs of other consumer goods (medical care, automobiles, houses, and food) also increased, but not as fast as the tuition increases. (MAH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cost Indexes, Educational Finance, Expenditures, Higher Education, In State Students, Inflation (Economics), Paying for College, Public Colleges, Statistical Data, Student Costs, Trend Analysis, Tuition
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Note: For a related document, see ED 399 847.