Special Report

Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1986
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $9,850 (inflation adj.: $22,670)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,050 (inflation adjusted: $9,320)
> Per capita income: $15,510 (inflation adjusted: $30,920)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 19.4%

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1987
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $10,460 (inflation adj.: $23,160)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,200 (inflation adjusted: $9,300)
> Per capita income: $16,313 (inflation adjusted: $31,548)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 19.9%

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1988
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $11,660 (inflation adj.: $24,800)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,460 (inflation adjusted: $9,480)
> Per capita income: $17,479 (inflation adjusted: $32,532)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 20.3%

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1989
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $12,560 (inflation adj.: $25,440)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $4,720 (inflation adjusted: $9,560)
> Per capita income: $18,698 (inflation adjusted: $33,345)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.1%

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1990
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $13,480 (inflation adj.: $26,050)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $5,070 (inflation adjusted: $9,800)
> Per capita income: $19,641 (inflation adjusted: $33,553)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.3%