The Skyrocketing Costs of U.S. College Education

Some U.S. colleges now cost a surprising $95,000 per year! These outrageous fees can be a major financial burden for students seeking higher education. Data collected by US News & World Report reveals that the average tuition at U.S. private colleges has risen by approximately 4% in the past year, reaching just under $40,000 annually.

The Cost of US Colleges

The cost for a public in-state school was $10,500, representing an annual increase of 0.8% for in-state students and approximately 1% for out-of-state students. Last year, the average student at a private four-year college paid $32,800 for tuition and room and board.

Annual Cost of College

Average Cost of College & Tuition

  • The average cost of college in the United States is $36,436 per student per year, covering expenses such as books, supplies, and daily living.
  • For students residing on campus at a public 4-year in-state institution, the average cost of attendance is $26,027 per year, totaling $104,108 over a 4-year period.
  • Out-of-state students are required to pay $27,091 per year, resulting in a total cost of $108,364 over 4 years.
  • Students attending private, nonprofit universities have an average annual cost of $55,840, amounting to $223,360 over 4 years.

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Dr. Jodi Vermaas
Founder I Disruptor I Mother of 12


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