Chapter 8: State Indicators

Higher Education

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Quartiles | Findings | Description

Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions: 2004


Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions: 2004


Average Undergraduate Charge at Public 4-Year Institutions: 2004.

Quartiles


Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions: 2004*

 
1st Quartile
($15,109–$12,208)
2nd Quartile
($12,002–$10,118)
3rd Quartile
($9,751–$8,604)
4th Quartile
($8,547–$7,494)
No Data
 
California Alaska Alabama Arkansas District of Columbia
Connecticut Arizona Colorado Idaho  
Delaware Illinois Florida Kentucky  
Maryland Indiana Georgia Louisiana  
Massachusetts Iowa Hawaii Mississippi  
Michigan Maine Kansas New Mexico  
New Hampshire Minnesota Montana North Dakota  
New Jersey Missouri Nebraska Oklahoma  
Ohio Nevada North Carolina South Dakota  
Pennsylvania New York Tennessee Utah  
Rhode Island Oregon Texas Wyoming  
South Carolina Virginia West Virginia    
Vermont Washington Wisconsin    
 
*States in alphabetical order, not data order.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. See table 8-18.

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Findings

  • During 2004, the total annual nominal charge for a full-time undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year institution averaged $10,720 nationally, an increase of 9% from the previous year.

  • Total annual nominal charges at a private 4-year institution averaged $25,204, an increase of 5% from the previous year.

  • State averages for public 4-year institutions ranged from a low of $7,494 to a high of $15,109.

  • Tuition and required fees averaged approximately 40% of the total charges at public 4-year institutions, but individual states had different cost structures.

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Description

The average annual charge for an undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year academic institution is one indicator of how accessible higher education in science and engineering is to a state’s less-affluent students. The annual 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. These charges were weighted by the number of full-time undergraduates at public institutions. The total charge for all public 4-year institutions in the state was divided by the total number of fulltime undergraduates attending public 4-year institutions in the state. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For example, data for 2004 represent costs for the 2003–04 academic year.

To improve the educational attainment of their residents, many states have chosen to reduce the charge to students by providing state subsidies or direct financial aid. Additional financial aid is provided by the federal government and by the academic institutions. The data in this indicator do not include any adjustment for financial aid that a student might receive.

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