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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education

Average Undergraduate Charge at Public 4-Year Institutions



Findings

  • During 2011, the total annual nominal charge for a full-time undergraduate student to attend a public 4-year institution averaged $15,918 nationally, an increase of 84% since 2001. This was equivalent to an increase of approximately 47% after adjusting for inflation.
  • All states showed major increases in undergraduate charges at public institutions from 2001 to 2011. In several states, undergraduate charges more than doubled during this period.
  • In 2011, the state average for a year of undergraduate education at a public 4-year institution ranged from a low of $10,768 to a high of $22,592.
  • Tuition and required fees averaged 47% of the total charges at public 4-year institutions in 2011, 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 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 end date of the academic year. For example, data for 2011 represent costs for the 2010–11 academic year.

To improve educational attainment, the federal government, state governments, and academic institutions provide various kinds of financial aid that reduce the charge to students. The data in this indicator do not include any adjustments for such financial aid.


Data Table

Table 8-26
Average undergraduate charge at public 4-year institutions, by state: 2001, 2006, and 2011
(Dollars)
 
State 2001 2006 2011
 
United States 8,653 12,108 15,918
Alabama 7,349 9,625 14,416
Alaska 8,390 10,620 14,053
Arizona 7,874 11,480 17,083
Arkansas 6,797 9,192 12,580
California 9,590 13,685 18,933
Colorado 8,362 11,569 16,208
Connecticut 10,521 14,658 19,400
Delaware 10,283 14,326 19,541
District of Columbia NA NA NA
Florida 7,947 10,141 12,774
Georgia 7,463 10,062 14,019
Hawaii 8,272 9,042 15,133
Idaho 6,765 8,982 11,773
Illinois 9,532 13,976 20,054
Indiana 9,239 12,388 16,912
Iowa 7,587 12,329 14,855
Kansas 6,654 9,980 13,229
Kentucky 6,923 10,663 15,002
Louisiana 6,329 8,506 11,856
Maine 9,371 12,568 17,767
Maryland 10,834 14,793 16,963
Massachusetts 9,207 14,651 19,164
Michigan 9,825 13,693 18,333
Minnesota 8,127 12,777 16,385
Mississippi 7,195 9,461 12,051
Missouri 8,203 11,861 15,110
Montana 7,615 10,613 12,891
Nebraska 7,355 11,286 14,081
Nevada 8,247 10,865 14,172
New Hampshire 11,720 15,479 21,481
New Jersey 12,007 17,708 22,592
New Mexico 7,086 9,579 12,520
New York 10,260 13,275 16,606
North Carolina 7,076 9,675 12,874
North Dakota 6,418 9,829 12,503
Ohio 10,451 16,032 17,964
Oklahoma 6,022 9,404 11,938
Oregon 9,394 12,720 16,402
Pennsylvania 11,091 15,464 19,916
Rhode Island 11,095 14,315 19,815
South Carolina 9,096 13,145 17,641
South Dakota 6,975 9,493 12,603
Tennessee 7,658 9,956 13,759
Texas 7,614 10,973 14,585
Utah 6,598 8,745 10,768
Vermont 12,847 16,571 21,530
Virginia 8,751 12,279 18,110
Washington 8,909 12,384 16,253
West Virginia 7,290 9,992 12,799
Wisconsin 7,396 10,560 13,819
Wyoming 7,017 8,946 11,467
 
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available.

NOTES: The national average for the United States is from the Digest of Education Statistics. Average charges are for full-time equivalent students but are not adjusted for student residency. Average charges include tuition, fees, room, and board.

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

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