College price hikes more modest but still painful
The sticker price of in-state tuition at four-year public universities climbed about $400 this fall, an increase of nearly 5 percent that brought the average to $8,655. That's a modest increase compared to recent years but still painful for families with stagnant incomes after a prolonged economic slump.
Room-and-board charges grew by a comparable amount, raising the full cost for students living on campus to $17,860.
The latest annual figures from the College Board, out Wednesday, show only about one-third of full-time students pay that published price. The estimated net price – what students pay on average after accounting for grants and tax credits – remains considerably lower than the list price: about $2,910 for tuition at public four-year universities, and $12,110 including room and board.
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