Cost of College

We know that more education usually equals more income, but as the cost of education continues to rise, the challenge to earn a college degree also increases. Based on estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics, here’s how much the cost has gone up over the years.

Rising Costs

Since 1967, the National Center for Education Statistics has tracked the cost of college: tuition, room, and board. Costs continue to rise for all types.

Public

Private

$43,139

$40,000

$40,000

$30,000

$30,000

The average total cost in 2018 was $20,050 per academic year.

4-year

$16,046

$20,000

$20,000

Board

In 1967, the cost was

$7,907

Room

$10,000

$10,000

Tuition

$0

$0

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

$40,000

$40,000

$25,596

$30,000

$30,000

2-year

$20,000

$20,000

$12,656

$10,281

$10,000

$10,000

$5,352

$0

$0

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

Cost is in 2017-18 dollars.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics / By: FlowingData

Public, 4-year

$30k

The average total cost in 2018 was $20,050 per academic year.

$20k

Board

In 1967, the cost was

$7,907

Room

$10k

Tuition

$0k

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

Public, 2-year

$10,281

$10k

$5,352

$0k

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

Private, 4-year

$43,139

$40k

$30k

$16,046

$20k

$10k

$0k

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

Private, 2-year

$30k

$25,596

$20k

$12,656

$10k

$0k

1967

1980

1990

2000

2010

2018

Cost is in 2017-18 dollars.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

By: FlowingData

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at public versus private or four-year versus two-year. At the least, the cost of tuition, room, and board has just about doubled when you compare 2018 costs to that of 1967’s.

Notes

Become a member. Support an independent site. Make great charts.

Join Now

Favorites

Cuisine Ingredients

What are the ingredients that make each cuisine? I looked at 40,000 recipes spanning 20 cuisines and 6,714 ingredients to see what makes food taste different.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

When Americans Reach $100k in Savings

It was reported that 1 in 6 millennials have at least $100,000 saved. Is this right? It seems high. I looked at the data to find out and then at all of the age groups.

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute …