Special Report

The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1971
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,930 (inflation adj.: $18,650)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,410 (inflation adjusted: $8,980)
> Per capita income: $4,471 (inflation adjusted: $28,571)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 16.9%

1972
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,090 (inflation adj.: $19,110)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,550 (inflation adjusted: $9,580)
> Per capita income: $4,857 (inflation adjusted: $30,073)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 19.0%

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1973
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,220 (inflation adj.: $18,830)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,600 (inflation adjusted: $9,360)
> Per capita income: $5,363 (inflation adjusted: $31,261)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 19.0%

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1974
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,420 (inflation adj.: $17,940)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,650 (inflation adjusted: $8,650)
> Per capita income: $5,836 (inflation adjusted: $30,637)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 20.7%

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1975
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,680 (inflation adj.: $17,590)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $1,780 (inflation adjusted: $8,510)
> Per capita income: $6,324 (inflation adjusted: $30,422)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.9%