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Key Points

  • In five states, average published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions fell between 2013-14 and 2018-19, after adjusting for inflation. In another nine states, the five-year increase was below 5%.
  • In five states, average in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased by 20% or more between 2013-14 and 2018-19. The tuition and fee price is above the national average in only one of those states (Virginia).
  • In 10 states, the average out-of-state tuition and fee prices are more than three times the in-state prices. In seven states, the out-of-state prices are less than twice the in-state prices.

Figure 6: Average 2018-19 Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions by State and Five-Year Percentage Change in Inflation-Adjusted In-State Tuition and Fees

Average 2018-19 Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions by State and Five-Year Percentage Change in Inflation-Adjusted In-State Tuition and Fees

SOURCES: College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS Fall 2016 Enrollment data.

Also Important

  • In six states, the out-of-state premium fell or remained the same from 2017-18 to 2018-19. In four of these states, the total average 2018-19 out-of-state tuition and fee charges were the same as or lower than the 2017-18 charges.