What College Costs in the U.S.

The average published tuition and fee price for full-time in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities is $10,230 in 2018-19, $250 (2.5% before adjusting for inflation) higher than it was in 2017-18.

What College Costs in the U.S. in 2018-19
Average Published Undergraduate Charges by Sector and by Carnegie Classification, 2018-19


  • The prices shown in Table 1 are for one academic year. The total price of a college education depends on how long a student is enrolled before completing a degree. Many students spend more than four years earning a bachelor’s degree and more than two years earning an associate degree.
  • About 18% of full-time public two-year students are in California, which has the lowest tuition and fee price in that sector. Excluding California raises the average published price of public two-year colleges from $3,660 to $4,160.

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