In-State College Costs Rose 9% Last Year

Barry Lenson

In-State College Costs Rose 9% Last Year

In-State College Costs Rose 9% Last Year  “New Dept. of Education Report Finds 9% Increase for In-State Tuition,” a post by Alex Wukman on the Online Colleges Blog, reports some sobering news for American students who are relying on state colleges and universities.

Citing data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, Wukman reports that costs are rising quickly for current and future students at America’s state schools . . .

  • In-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities rose 9% for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • On average, costs at state schools rose from $6,631 per semester to $7,228 for in-state students.
  • Costs for out-of-state students increased at a slightly lower rate, from an average of $15,586 per semester to $16,457.

Also interesting . . .

Wukman also cites statistics from the U.S. Department of Education that show that during school year 2010-2011, state institutions served 29.5 million students. Of those students, 14.3 million were at four-year colleges and 11.8 million were at two-year schools.

That’s a lot of students, all relying on state-funded institutions. Let’s hope that our state and Federal governments do the right thing, by allocating funds to help hold tuition costs at affordable levels.


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