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How much does it cost to go to a public 4-year college or university?

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How much does it cost to go to a public 4-year college or university?

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Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions, by state: 2010
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The average charge includes standard in-state charges for tuition, required fees, room, and board for a full-time undergraduate student who is a resident of that state.

Main Finding

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.

Key Observations

  • 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.
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