Change in Tuition and Fees over Time

The published tuition and fee price at public four-year institutions in 20182019 is 3.04 times as high as it was in 19881989 after adjusting for increases in the Consumer Price Index; the private four-year published tuition and fee price, by contrast, is 2.11 times as high as it was in 19881989.

Change In Inflation-Adjusted Published Tuition, 1988–1989 to 2018–2019

Source: ​The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2018, Figure 4B, page 13. Prepared by the Council of Independent Colleges.
Note: Values for published tuition and fees by sector, adjusted for inflation, relative to 1988–1989 published prices.

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