Average annual in-state student charge for tuition and fees at public four-year colleges. For room and board, add $8,535.
Average annual charge for tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year colleges. For room and board, add $9,700.
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.
Average annual cost of miscellaneous personal expenses (clothes, toiletries, eating out, books, supplies, transportation).
Average amount of financial aid for full-time undergraduate students in 2009-10.
Average annual increase in tuition and fees at public four year colleges and universities during the past decade.
Average drop in income in 2009 for the middle 20 percent of families.
Average drop in income in 2009 for the bottom 20 percent of families.
Average amount of debt college students with loans graduated with last year.
Median family income in 2009 for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Median family income in 2009 for those with a high school diploma.
Sources: Forbes.com | College Board.com | College Board.org | New York Times.com