Historically, the cost of a four year, public tuition has increased each year over the past six years. Over the past five years, the average U.S. four year, public college tuition has increased over $800. The average, U.S. tuition for a four year, public college in 2016, has risen to $9,650, which is an $830 increase since 2011. By looking at this graph, you can predict that tuition for four year, public colleges will continue to steadily increase, with a increasing trend of about $260 almost every other year.
Although, it is upsetting that four year, public colleges see an increase within tuition each year, the increase does not compare to what you may see in four year, private universities. This graph demonstrates the increase in private tuition per year over the past five years. Like four year, public colleges, we can see a trend of an ongoing increase in tuition. However, over the past 6 years, the average four year, private college tuition has increased more than $3,700. The average four year, private school tuition increase being $750.00, that is almost a $500 difference of an increase in tuition for four year, public college tuition increases.
So, If you’re looking for a four-year public college because, it may be your cheapest option, you may find that looking out of state is difficult. These two graphs below demonstrate the average four year, public college tuition based on Western vs. Northeastern U.S. colleges. From my findings, I compared in-state, four year public college tuitions to the overall average U.S., four year, public college tuition. Which college is cheapest for you? Are colleges cheaper on the Western or Northeastern part of the U.S.?
From my analysis of average, four year, public college costs, I am surprised at what I see. In the west, it appears that if you are going to attend a four year, public college your best bet may be to stay within the graph limits of Alaska to Wyoming. This is surprising because, there are so many resources around these schools that could benefit students; so i would think that it would be more expensive than it appears to be. However, as a student who once stayed in my own state to attend college, there are many disadvantages. However, I am now a transfer student within a whole, different state, and there are many disadvantages to that also. If you are on the west coast, and happen to want to go out of state because, you want to branch out somewhere else, it may be beneficial to you if you live in Washington state, or Arizona because, the average in state, four year public tuition is high anyway. I find this surprising because, I would have thought that Arizona, and Washington state’s tuition would be cheaper.
If you are in the Northeast, and live within the states ranging from Virginia to West Virginia in respect to the graph, you may benefit from cheaper tuition. That is not to say that these schools will have the best opportunities for you based on location. As far as I can see, you may benefit more with having a cheaper tuition if you already live within these states than if you don’t. I found this shocking because, I would think public college tuition would be expensive for people who live in New York due to the opportunities. I am not so sure about West Virginia, Maryland or Maine due to my lack of knowledge on opportunities within those states. If you live within the states ranging from New Hampshire to New Jersey, it may be wise for you to branch off and go to another state since in state, public tuition is already high. I’ve got to say that I am not at all surprised by Pennsylvania or New Jersey since I believe they overcharge on almost everything essential, and they are also near many opportunities.
It would appear that four year, public colleges on the western part of the U.S. are cheaper within respect to the average college tuition cost.
|SOURCES: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges; NCES, IPEDS data.