Special Report

Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1991
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $14,190 (inflation adj.: $26,260)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $5,450 (inflation adjusted: $10,080)
> Per capita income: $20,056 (inflation adjusted: $33,154)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.4%

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1992
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $15,030 (inflation adj.: $26,960)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $5,830 (inflation adjusted: $10,460)
> Per capita income: $21,099 (inflation adjusted: $33,973)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.4%

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1993
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $15,800 (inflation adj.: $27,570)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $6,210 (inflation adjusted: $10,840)
> Per capita income: $21,738 (inflation adjusted: $34,151)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.9%

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1994
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $16,500 (inflation adj.: $28,020)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $6,620 (inflation adjusted: $11,240)
> Per capita income: $22,574 (inflation adjusted: $34,739)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.2%

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1995
> Private tuition, fees, room and board per year: $17,380 (inflation adj.: $28,720)
> Public tuition, fees, room and board per year: $6,740 (inflation adjusted: $11,140)
> Per capita income: $23,600 (inflation adjusted: $35,569)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.0%