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Tuition Outpacing Inflation

  1. "From 1980–89, inflation averaged 4 percent a year; college tuitions rose almost 10 percent a year. From 1980–87, adjusted for inflation, incomes rose 6 percent; college tuitions, 30 percent." T. Marchese, "Editorial: Costs and Quality," Change May 1990, 22(3): 4.
  2. "The 1990s brought college tuition and fee increases that outpaced both inflation and growth in the median family income (U.S. General Accounting Office; 1996, 1998).
  3. "Declines in per-student public support for higher education has occurred as college and university costs have increased at rates exceeding inflation." F. K. Alexander, "The Changing Face of Accountability: Monitoring and Assessing Institutional Performance in Higher Education," The Journal of Higher Education 71 (2000): 4.
  4. "The tuition increases in 2002 were far greater than the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, which was 1.5 percent in the year ending September 30. The last time tuition at public four-year colleges grew at a higher rate than 9.6 percent was in 1991, when it rose 10.8 percent." J. Young, "Public-College Tuition Jumps at Highest Rate in 10 Years," Chronicle of Higher Education 1 November 2002.
  5. For more on how tuition has outpaced inflation, see M. Rooney, "Higher and Higher," Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 May 2003.

Tuition Increases

  1. "In the 20 years between 1976 and 1996, the average tuition at public universities increased from $642 to $3,151, and the average tuition at private universities increased from $2,881 to $15,581. Tuitions at public two-year colleges, the least expensive of all types of institutions, increased from an average of $245 to $1,245 during this period." J. Harvey, et al, "Straight Talk About College Costs and Prices," National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education (1998).
  2. "Tuition at public four-year colleges jumped [in 2002] at the highest rate in a decade, according to the College Board's annual survey of tuition and financial aid. At those institutions, tuition [in 2002] was 9.6 percent higher than it was [one year earlier]. At private four-year colleges, it rose 5.8 percent, and at public two-year colleges, it rose 7.9 percent." J. Young, "Public-College Tuition Jumps at Highest Rate in 10 Years," Chronicle of Higher Education Students, 1 November 2002.
  3. "For public institutions, the contribution of state and local government spending has been declining for more than a decade, reaching is lowest post-war level . . . Tuition at private institutions has taken its largest role in forty years (going from 45 percent in 1955–56 to 55% in 1995–96), as the contribution of federal funding has declined to its lowest level since the late 1950s (falling from a peak of 30 percent in 1965–66 to 17 percent in 1995–96) . . . . tuition has been replacing government spending."M. S. McPherson, and M. O. Schapiro, "Reinforcing Stratification in American Higher Education: Some Disturbing Trends," National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford University (1999).

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