Trends in College Pricing

DATE: September 5, 2017

AUTHOR: Aaron Fernandes


The College Board surveys institutions for information on tuition and fees, with a very high response rate. While institution-level information is not available, state and sec tor averages are published each fall, weighted by institutions’ enrollment, making this one of the more timely and rigorous resources for benchmarking pricing data. There are extensive historical and comparative tables in a public Excel workbook available on the site. Each fall’s survey contains data for the current year, so the fall 2017report will have pricing data for the 2017-18 academic year.

Overview link:

Data link:

Best for:

Benchmarking against other states and analyzing trends in institutional sticker prices by state and sector

(e.g. four-year, two-year public).

Not as good for:

Institution-level detail, analyzing net prices or actual revenue generated by tuition and fees.


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