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2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS: 12): Price Estimates for Attending Postsecondary Institutions, First Look - To get price estimates for attending postsecondary institutions, researchers surveyed about 111,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 1,500 postsecondary institutions in 50 states and the District of Columbia. They found the average cost of attendance for undergraduates (including tuition, fees, books, housing, food, transportation, and personal expenses) was $17,900 for public institutions and $34,400 for private nonprofit institutions in the 2011-12 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics, December 2013) ...

Trends in College Pricing 2013 - This report offers prices of higher education tuition, fees and room and board nationally and by state/region. In response to the Great Recession, fees skyrocketed, but the 2013-14 increase was the smallest in years; still grant aid has slowed and students face increases in the prices they pay. Two-thirds of full-time students get grant aid. Readers will find wide variations: the highest tuition and fees charged at public four-year institutions are in New Hampshire ($14,665) and Vermont ($13,958), while the lowest for four-year public institutions are Wyoming ($4,404) and Alaska ($5,885). (College Board, October 2013)...

Trends in College Pricing - 2012 - This report shows increases in the published tuition and fee prices of colleges and universities around the country for 2012-2013. Prices at public two-year colleges remain relatively low and the published price of tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities increased by 4.8%, smallest since 2000-01 — and the smallest in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2008-09.(The College Board, 2012)...

College and Careers Tables Library - This site provides data on a range of issues related to college and career readiness, including but not limited to, student financial aid and employment, degrees and certificates awarded, and graduation and completion rates. (National Center for Education Statistics)...

Why 529 College Savings Plans Favor the Fortunate - Education Sector’s Chad Aldeman has released a new Charts You Can Trust. (Education Sector, March 2011)...

How America Pays for College: Sallie Mae's National Study of College Students and Parents - This study of 1,400 undergraduate students and parents reveals that even in a continued period of economic uncertainty, families are digging deeper to invest in what they value: a college degree. Both parents and students opened their wallets wider, tapped more scholarships and grants and borrowed more to pay for the escalating total cost of college. Survey respondents reported the cost of college had increased 17% from the previous year. Parents paid nearly half the share of college costs and students paid roughly one quarter. College savings plans helped 15% of families. To make college more affordable 43% of families reported that their student lived at home. (Gallup, Sallie Mae, August 2010)...

Tuition-Setting Authority and Deregulation at State Colleges and Universities - The arguments for and against tuition deregulation not only involve finance, but also policy and emotion. Declining state appropriations over time, combined with recession-driven state budget cuts compounded by recession-driven enrollment surges, bring the issue of tuition regulation to the fore for many state colleges and universities with few funding sources other than state appropriations or tuition. (Lesley McBain, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, May 2010)...

Tuition Continues to Rise, But Patterns Vary by Institution Type, Enrollment, and Educational Expenditures - Ninety percent of the fastest-growing jobs in the knowledge economy require some postsecondary education. College graduates can expect to earn, on average, approximately $1 million more over the course of his or her working life than those with a high school diploma. Most students and their families can expect to pay more on average for college than they did just a year ago. The topic of college affordability continues to be an issue of great concern. In summary, this report found that more students are enrolling in college than ever before and an increasingly larger percentage of all students are minorities; the distribution of enrollment has shifted for some minority groups to two-year institutions; the smallest tuition increases occurred at the types of institutions that enroll the largest proportion of students—two-year public schools; increases in average tuition were matched or exceeded by increases in average institutional spending on education at private institutions but not at public institutions. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 2007)...

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