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Average amount paid for college in the United States, year-over-year, between 2007 and 2016, by income level (in U.S. dollars)

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College payment - average amount in the United States, by income level, 2007-2016 The statistic shows the average amount paid for college in the United States, year-over-year, between 2007 and 2016, sorted by income level ranging from low-income families to high-income families. In the time between 2007 and 2008, low-income families paid, on average, 15,130 U.S. dollars for college, whereas high-income families paid 21,040 U.S. dollars during this time.
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The statistic shows the average amount paid for college in the United States, year-over-year, between 2007 and 2016, sorted by income level ranging from low-income families to high-income families. In the time between 2007 and 2008, low-income families paid, on average, 15,130 U.S. dollars for college, whereas high-income families paid 21,040 U.S. dollars during this time.
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Release date
June 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
2007 to 2016
Supplementary notes
The survey is nationally representative and has included 1,600 dependent undergraduate college students and parents. According to 2015 report, low-income has been defined as those with an annual household income of less than $35,000, middle-income with an annual income from $35,000 to less than $100,000, and high-income with an annual income of $100,000 or more.
Data for year 2007 to 2014 has been retrieved from previous publications.

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