Special Report

The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1981
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $6,330 (inflation adj.: $17,910)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $2,870 (inflation adjusted: $8,120)
> Per capita income: $11,300 (inflation adjusted: $32,173)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.3%

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1982
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $7,130 (inflation adj.: $18,950)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,200 (inflation adjusted: $8,500)
> Per capita income: $11,999 (inflation adjusted: $32,181)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.7%

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1983
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $7,760 (inflation adj.: $20,130)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,430 (inflation adjusted: $8,900)
> Per capita income: $12,698 (inflation adjusted: $32,996)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.5%

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1984
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $8,450 (inflation adj.: $21,030)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,680 (inflation adjusted: $9,160)
> Per capita income: $13,906 (inflation adjusted: $34,639)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 21.9%

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1985
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $8,900 (inflation adj.: $21,390)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $3,860 (inflation adjusted: $9,280)
> Per capita income: $14,755 (inflation adjusted: $35,490)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.2%