In 2010, the average in-state charge for a full-time undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year institution in the U.S. was $15,014. This is an increase of 82% over the $8,265 average charge in 2000 in current dollars and an increase of approximately 43% after adjusting for inflation.
- In 2010, the state average for a year of undergraduate education at a public 4-year institution ranged from a low of $10,109 in Utah to a high of $21,591 in New Jersey.
- Every state showed a major increase in undergraduate charges at public institutions in 2010, compared with 2000.
- Undergraduate charges more than doubled in six states: Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and South Carolina.