The cost of college

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Statista dossier about the cost of college in the United States

This dossier presents statistics about the cost of college in the United States. It includes an overview, and follows up with information about tuition and fees, distribution of student aid, student aid received, and student debt.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Cost to attend university per year U.S. 2000-2018

    • Average undergraduate budgets, by expense and institution type U.S. 2019/20

    • Tuition cost and student loan amounts, by institution type U.S. 2017/18

    • Average debt of university graduates in the U.S. 2003-2018

    • Number of undergraduate aid applicants in the U.S. 2000-2016

  • 2. Tuition and fees
    • University tuition costs and fees U.S. 2000-2018

    • Average cost to attend a U.S. university, by institution type 2013/14 - 2019/20

    • Average tuition costs when studying in-state at U.S. universities by state 2017/18

    • Average tuition and fees at U.S. flagship universities 2019-20

    • In-state vs out-of-state tuition at public four-year institutions by state U.S. 2019

    • Annual tuition and fees at leading universities U.S. 2019/20

    • Room and board cost per year at U.S. universities 2000-2018

    • Most expensive colleges in the U.S. 2018-2019

  • 3. Distribution of student aid
    • Total student grants provided in the U.S. 1999-2019

    • Total student loans provided in the U.S. 1998 to 2019

    • Graduate student aid by source and type in the U.S. 2018/19

    • U.S. undergraduate student aid by source and type 2018-2019

    • Amount of student loans offered, by federal loan program U.S. 2013-2019

    • Amount of student aid paid, by federal grant program in the U.S. 2013-19

    • Expenditure on Federal Pell Grants in the U.S. 1978-2019

    • Grant aid as percentage of total state financial support, by state U.S. 2017/18

  • 4. Student aid received
    • Average amount of aid received by U.S. students, by federal program 2018/19

    • Share of students receiving student aid in the U.S. in 2016/17, by type of aid

    • Percentage of U.S. students with student loans 2016/17, by institution type

    • Share of Federal Pell Grants recipients in the U.S. 2008 to 2019

    • Recipients of Federal Pell Grants in the U.S. 1980-2019

    • Share of U.S. students' expenses covered by Pell grants 1999/00-2017/18

    • Total Education tax savings for college students in the U.S., 1998 to 2019

    • Student grant aid and tax benefits at public 2-year institutions U.S. 1999-2020

    • Student grant aid and tax benefits at public 4-year institutions U.S. 1999-2020

    • Student grant aid and tax benefits in private nonprofit 4-year institutions U.S. 2020

  • 5. Student debt
    • Average debt of university graduates, by institution type U.S. 2017/18

    • Per capita debt of university graduates in the U.S. 2003-2018

    • Share of U.S. graduates with debt 2003-2018

    • U.S. bachelor's degree holders' debt levels in public four-year colleges 2002-2018

    • U.S. bachelor's degree holders' debt levels, private four-year colleges 2002-2018

    • Average student debt, by state U.S. 2017/18

    • Share of graduates with debt in the U.S., by state 2017/18

    • Student loan cohort default rate in the U.S., by institution type 2015

    • Ranking of the U.S. business schools, by debt payback period 2019

    • Average student debt of students at top U.S. universities 2020

    • Students with federal loans for higher education U.S. 2019, by repayment status

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