Trends in Higher Education

Get up-to-date information on the cost of college in the U.S. and the financial aid that can help students pay for college.

College Board’s Trends in Higher Education reports provide accurate, timely, and actionable information on financial aid, college tuition, and other expenses associated with attending college in the U.S. The Research department publishes three main reports: 

Trends in College Pricing

This report includes information about the costs associated with one year of undergraduate study in the U.S. and how those costs have changed over time at different institutions.

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Trends in Student Aid

This report details how much financial aid students get to help them pay for college. It also highlights where that aid comes from and how the amount and distribution of aid has changed over time.

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Education Pays

The Education Pays report highlights the benefits of higher education and looks at patterns among U.S. adults with different levels of education.

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Additional Publications

The Research department at College Board also publishes additional reports and briefs focused on the financial realities of attending college.