Special Report

Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1976
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $3,980 (inflation adj.: $17,570)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $1,940 (inflation adjusted: $8,560)
> Per capita income: $6,890 (inflation adjusted: $24,831)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 14.7%

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1977
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,240 (inflation adj.: $17,520)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $2,040 (inflation adjusted: $8,430)
> Per capita income: $7,532 (inflation adjusted: $25,486)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.4%

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1978
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,610 (inflation adj.: $17,680)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $2,150 (inflation adjusted: $8,250)
> Per capita income: $8,371 (inflation adjusted: $26,483)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.7%

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1979
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $5,010 (inflation adj.: $17,270)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $2,330 (inflation adjusted: $8,030)
> Per capita income: $9,252 (inflation adjusted: $26,881)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 16.4%

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1980
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $5,590 (inflation adj.: $17,030)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $2,550 (inflation adjusted: $7,770)
> Per capita income: $10,204 (inflation adjusted: $26,765)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 17.0%