Higher Education

Average Undergraduate Charge at Public 4-Year Institutions: 2006

  • 1st quartile
    ($17,708–$13,685)
  • 2nd quartile
    ($13,275–$11,286)
  • 3rd quartile
    ($10,973–$9,675)
  • 4th quartile
    ($9,625–$8,506)
  • No data

Quartiles

Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions: 2006
 
1st quartile
($17,708–$13,685)
2nd Quartile
($13,275–$11,286)
3rd Quartile
($10,973–$9,675)
4th Quartile
($9,625–$8,506)
No Data
 
California Arizona Alaska Alabama District of Columbia
Connecticut Colorado Florida Arkansas  
Delaware Indiana Georgia Hawaii  
Illinois Iowa Kansas Idaho  
Maryland Maine Kentucky Louisiana  
Massachusetts Minnesota Montana Mississippi  
Michigan Missouri Nevada New Mexico  
New Hampshire Nebraska North Carolina Oklahoma  
New Jersey New York North Dakota South Dakota  
Ohio Oregon Tennessee Utah  
Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Wyoming  
Rhode Island Virginia West Virginia    
Vermont Washington Wisconsin    
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • During 2006, the total annual nominal charge for a full-time undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year institution averaged $12,108 nationally, an increase of 73% during the past decade in current dollars.
  • All states showed major increases in undergraduate charges at public institutions in 2006 compared with 1996. In Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas, undergraduate charges more than doubled during this period.
  • In 2006, the state average for a year of undergraduate education at a public 4-year institution ranged from a low of $8,506 to a high of $17,708.
  • Tuition and required fees averaged approximately 40% of the total charges at public 4-year institutions, but individual states had different cost structures.

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 S&E is to a state's 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 attending each public institution within the state. The total charge for all public 4-year institutions in the state was divided by the total number of full-time undergraduates attending all public 4-year institutions in the state. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For example, data for 2006 represent costs for the 2005–06 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.

Data Table

Table 8-20
Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions, by state: 1996, 2001, and 2006
(Dollars)
 
State 1996 2001 2006
 
United States 7,014 8,653 12,108
Alabama 5,735 7,349 9,625
Alaska 6,663 8,390 10,620
Arizona 5,996 7,874 11,480
Arkansas 5,055 6,797 9,192
California 8,209 9,590 13,685
Colorado 7,030 8,362 11,569
Connecticut 8,755 10,521 14,658
Delaware 8,512 10,283 14,326
District of Columbia NA NA NA
Florida 6,251 7,947 10,141
Georgia 5,690 7,463 10,062
Hawaii NA 8,272 9,042
Idaho 5,306 6,765 8,982
Illinois 7,841 9,532 13,976
Indiana 7,388 9,239 12,388
Iowa 5,945 7,587 12,329
Kansas 5,688 6,654 9,980
Kentucky 5,454 6,923 10,663
Louisiana 5,503 6,329 8,506
Maine 7,899 9,371 12,568
Maryland 8,731 10,834 14,793
Massachusetts 8,770 9,207 14,651
Michigan 8,189 9,825 13,693
Minnesota 6,734 8,127 12,777
Mississippi 5,416 7,195 9,461
Missouri 6,768 8,203 11,861
Montana 7,803 7,615 10,613
Nebraska 5,503 7,355 11,286
Nevada 7,400 8,247 10,865
New Hampshire 8,730 11,720 15,479
New Jersey 9,118 12,007 17,708
New Mexico 5,299 7,086 9,579
New York 8,971 10,260 13,275
North Carolina 5,119 7,076 9,675
North Dakota 5,641 6,418 9,829
Ohio 8,157 10,451 16,032
Oklahoma 4,296 6,022 9,404
Oregon 7,395 9,394 12,720
Pennsylvania 9,138 11,091 15,464
Rhode Island 9,453 11,095 14,315
South Carolina 6,964 9,096 13,145
South Dakota 5,613 6,975 9,493
Tennessee 5,373 7,658 9,956
Texas 5,471 7,614 10,973
Utah 5,389 6,598 8,745
Vermont 10,657 12,847 16,571
Virginia 8,207 8,751 12,279
Washington 7,129 8,909 12,384
West Virginia 6,119 7,290 9,992
Wisconsin 5,839 7,396 10,560
Wyoming 5,429 7,017 8,946
 
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States from Digest of Education Statistics data tables. Average charges for entire academic year. Tuition and fees weighted by number of full-time-equivalent undergraduates but not adjusted to reflect student residency. Room and board based on full-time students.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years).

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  • 1st quartile
    ($17,708–$13,685)
  • 2nd quartile
    ($13,275–$11,286)
  • 3rd quartile
    ($10,973–$9,675)
  • 4th quartile
    ($9,625–$8,506)
  • No data

Quartiles

Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions: 2006
 
1st quartile
($17,708–$13,685)
2nd Quartile
($13,275–$11,286)
3rd Quartile
($10,973–$9,675)
4th Quartile
($9,625–$8,506)
No Data
 
California Arizona Alaska Alabama District of Columbia
Connecticut Colorado Florida Arkansas  
Delaware Indiana Georgia Hawaii  
Illinois Iowa Kansas Idaho  
Maryland Maine Kentucky Louisiana  
Massachusetts Minnesota Montana Mississippi  
Michigan Missouri Nevada New Mexico  
New Hampshire Nebraska North Carolina Oklahoma  
New Jersey New York North Dakota South Dakota  
Ohio Oregon Tennessee Utah  
Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Wyoming  
Rhode Island Virginia West Virginia    
Vermont Washington Wisconsin    
 
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • During 2006, the total annual nominal charge for a full-time undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year institution averaged $12,108 nationally, an increase of 73% during the past decade in current dollars.
  • All states showed major increases in undergraduate charges at public institutions in 2006 compared with 1996. In Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas, undergraduate charges more than doubled during this period.
  • In 2006, the state average for a year of undergraduate education at a public 4-year institution ranged from a low of $8,506 to a high of $17,708.
  • Tuition and required fees averaged approximately 40% of the total charges at public 4-year institutions, but individual states had different cost structures.

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 S&E is to a state's 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 attending each public institution within the state. The total charge for all public 4-year institutions in the state was divided by the total number of full-time undergraduates attending all public 4-year institutions in the state. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For example, data for 2006 represent costs for the 2005–06 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.

Data Table

Table 8-20
Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions, by state: 1996, 2001, and 2006
(Dollars)
 
State 1996 2001 2006
 
United States 7,014 8,653 12,108
Alabama 5,735 7,349 9,625
Alaska 6,663 8,390 10,620
Arizona 5,996 7,874 11,480
Arkansas 5,055 6,797 9,192
California 8,209 9,590 13,685
Colorado 7,030 8,362 11,569
Connecticut 8,755 10,521 14,658
Delaware 8,512 10,283 14,326
District of Columbia NA NA NA
Florida 6,251 7,947 10,141
Georgia 5,690 7,463 10,062
Hawaii NA 8,272 9,042
Idaho 5,306 6,765 8,982
Illinois 7,841 9,532 13,976
Indiana 7,388 9,239 12,388
Iowa 5,945 7,587 12,329
Kansas 5,688 6,654 9,980
Kentucky 5,454 6,923 10,663
Louisiana 5,503 6,329 8,506
Maine 7,899 9,371 12,568
Maryland 8,731 10,834 14,793
Massachusetts 8,770 9,207 14,651
Michigan 8,189 9,825 13,693
Minnesota 6,734 8,127 12,777
Mississippi 5,416 7,195 9,461
Missouri 6,768 8,203 11,861
Montana 7,803 7,615 10,613
Nebraska 5,503 7,355 11,286
Nevada 7,400 8,247 10,865
New Hampshire 8,730 11,720 15,479
New Jersey 9,118 12,007 17,708
New Mexico 5,299 7,086 9,579
New York 8,971 10,260 13,275
North Carolina 5,119 7,076 9,675
North Dakota 5,641 6,418 9,829
Ohio 8,157 10,451 16,032
Oklahoma 4,296 6,022 9,404
Oregon 7,395 9,394 12,720
Pennsylvania 9,138 11,091 15,464
Rhode Island 9,453 11,095 14,315
South Carolina 6,964 9,096 13,145
South Dakota 5,613 6,975 9,493
Tennessee 5,373 7,658 9,956
Texas 5,471 7,614 10,973
Utah 5,389 6,598 8,745
Vermont 10,657 12,847 16,571
Virginia 8,207 8,751 12,279
Washington 7,129 8,909 12,384
West Virginia 6,119 7,290 9,992
Wisconsin 5,839 7,396 10,560
Wyoming 5,429 7,017 8,946
 
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTES: National average for United States from Digest of Education Statistics data tables. Average charges for entire academic year. Tuition and fees weighted by number of full-time-equivalent undergraduates but not adjusted to reflect student residency. Room and board based on full-time students.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years).

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