Special Report

Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1971
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $2,930 (inflation adj.: $18,140)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,410 (inflation adjusted: $8,730)
> Per capita income: $4,491 (inflation adjusted: $22,255)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.4%

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1972
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $3,090 (inflation adj.: $18,580)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,550 (inflation adjusted: $9,320)
> Per capita income: $4,880 (inflation adjusted: $23,385)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.0%

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1973
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $3,220 (inflation adj.: $18,320)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,600 (inflation adjusted: $9,100)
> Per capita income: $5,383 (inflation adjusted: $24,477)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.6%

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1974
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $3,420 (inflation adj.: $17,450)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,650 (inflation adjusted: $8,420)
> Per capita income: $5,852 (inflation adjusted: $24,101)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 13.3%

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1975
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $3,680 (inflation adj.: $17,110)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,780 (inflation adjusted: $8,280)
> Per capita income: $6,340 (inflation adjusted: $24,102)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 13.9%