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Average Undergraduate Charge at Public 4-Year Institutions (Dollars)

State Indicator S-24

The average annual charge for an in-state resident 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 2016 represent costs for the 2015–16 academic year.

Average undergraduate charge is collected from institutions by the National Center for Education Statistics in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Undergraduate charges have increased significantly in all states, even in inflation-adjusted terms. To improve educational attainment, the federal government, state governments, and academic institutions provide various kinds of financial aid that reduce the cost to students. The data in this indicator do not include any adjustments for such financial aid.

Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics.

  • 1st Quartile

    $21,508$26,968
  • 2nd Quartile

    $19,001$21,491
  • 3rd Quartile

    $16,871$18,340
  • 4th Quartile

    $13,709$16,843
  • No data

Footnote

NA = not available.

NOTES: The national average charge for the United States is the value reported by NCES and does not include U.S. territories. Average charges are for full-time equivalent students. Average charges include in-state tuition, fees, room, and board.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (various years), data as of May 2018.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Average Undergraduate Charge at Public 4-Year Institutions.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/ave-undergraduate-charge-at-public-4-year-institutions

Last updated: September 27, 2018