Change in Tuition and Fees over Time

​Over the past decade, the published tuition and fees at public four-year institutions have increased twice as fast (50 percent) as at independent colleges and universities (25 percent).

Change In Inflation-Adjusted Published Tuition, 1987–1988 to 2017–2018

Source: ​The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2017, Figure 4B, page 13. Prepared by the Council of Independent Colleges.
Note: Values for published tuition and fees by sector, adjusted for inflation, as a percentage of 1987–1988 published prices.

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