Partners is committed to improving transparency of statewide data and policies related to higher education affordability. This map contains the following information for each state:
Tuition and Fees Average: Trends in College Pricing 2019, College Board, https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing. The 10-year growth metric compares the change in average published public four-year in-state tuition and fees between 2009-10 and 2019-2020.
Sample Institution Net Price: The institutions were selected based on research by James Koch, Professor of Economics, Old Dominion University. The average net price is from the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
Average Debt and Percentage with Debt: The Project on Student Debt, The Institute for College Access and Success, https://ticas.org/posd/map-state-data#.
Educational Appropriations Per FTE and 10-year Growth: State Higher Education Finance Fiscal Year 2018 Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), http://www.sheeo.org/projects/shef-%E2%80%94-state-higher-education-finance. The Educational Appropriations are adjusted based on cost of living, enrollment mix, and inflation. The 10-year growth metric compares the change in Educational Appropriations per FTE between FY2008 and FY2018.
Tuition Freeze: State Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance 2017 Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), http://www.sheeo.org/projects/state-tuition-fees-and-financial-assistance/2017-report. Data includes any state answering yes to the question “Has there been a freeze… placed on resident, undergraduate tuition at any time in your state in the past three fiscal years?”
Public Comment Period Required: Partners internal research. States with a check mark have a mandate, through regulation or statute, that specifically requires governing boards to receive public comment prior to the approval of tuition and fee increases.
Governing Board Training Required: Partners internal research. States with a check mark have a mandate, through regulation or statute, that specifically requires governing board members to have training related to their role and responsibilities.
Learn more about state policies concerning Trustee Training and Public Comment information.
The US Department of Education’s College Navigator contains information for every Title IV eligible institutions’ net price and the Net Price Calculator Center provides a link to each institution’s net price calculator to determine how much a student is likely to pay based on their financial situation.