That Figures: The Rising Cost of College

The cost of college isn't going down anytime soon

 
$7,605
 Average annual in-state student charge for tuition and fees at public four-year colleges. For room and board, add $8,535.
$27,293
Average annual charge for tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year colleges. For room and board, add $9,700.
$57,556
Cost of tuition, fees, room and board for the 2010-11 school year at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York—the most expensive school in the country.
$5,700
Average annual cost of miscellaneous personal expenses (clothes, toiletries, eating out, books, supplies, transportation).
$11,500
Average amount of financial aid for full-time undergraduate students in 2009-10.
5.6 percent
Average annual increase in tuition and fees at public four year colleges and universities during the past decade.
5 percent
 Average drop in income in 2009 for the middle 20 percent of families.
11 percent
Average drop in income in 2009 for the bottom 20 percent of families.
$24,000
Average amount of debt college students with loans graduated with last year.
$99,707
Median family income in 2009 for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
$48,637
Median family income in 2009 for those with a high school diploma.


Sources: Forbes.comCollege Board.com | College Board.org | New York Times.com

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