College Costs

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Over the past thirty years, the perceived need of a college degree have led to an increase in college enrollment. However with this wave has come a sharp increase in tuition, resulting in many young adults saddled with large student loans. While many argue that the college experience- one of innovation and exploration- offers more than workforce preparation, the increasing costs associated with higher education often lingers long into adulthood.

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Definitions: Average published tuition and fees at public institutions in current dollars

Data Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges

Footnotes: Average tuition and fee prices are weighted by full-time enrollment.