The National Center for Education Statistics has just released a publication entitled ‘Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in the United States: Fall 2009 and Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2008-09, and 12-Month Enrollment 2008-09'. Great stuff if you are a statistics junkie. And even if you are not.
I learn about these reports from my clients and colleagues at WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. WICHE publishes alerts of interest to education policy and research communities. You can SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE to the WICHE Policy Alerts and/or Stat Alerts distribution lists. WICHE also maintains a Policy Publication Clearinghouse, which includes past Policy Alerts and Stat Alerts, as well as other studies, reports, surveys, and policy briefs.
But back to the new NCES Report - in 2009-10, there were 6,896 Title IV institutions in the United States (this is a classification that relates to one eligibility for federal financial aid) and other jurisdictions:
- 2,853 were classified as 4-year institutions
- 2,259 were 2-year institutions
- the remaining 1,784 were less-than-2-year institutions.
During 2009-10, 4-year public institutions reported average tuition and required fees of $6,400 for in-state students and $15,100 for out-of-state students.
4-year private not-for-profit institutions are charging an average of $21,100, while Private for-profit institutions reported charging an average of about $15,700
Between 2000-01 and 2009-10, 4-year public institutions reported a 46% increase in average inflation-adjusted in-state tuition and required fees and a 34% increase in average inflation-adjusted out-of-state tuition and required fees.
Over the same 10-year period, 4-year private not-for-profit institutions reported a 31% increase and private for-profit institutions reported a 20% increase in average inflation-adjusted tuition and required fees.
For more information on this topic please refer to the NCES and WICHE site links, above.