Special Report

The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1986
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $9,850 (inflation adj.: $23,310)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,050 (inflation adjusted: $9,580)
> Per capita income: $15,490 (inflation adjusted: $36,578)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.4%

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1987
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $10,460 (inflation adj.: $23,820)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,200 (inflation adjusted: $9,560)
> Per capita income: $16,289 (inflation adjusted: $37,111)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.0%

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1988
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $11,660 (inflation adj.: $25,490)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,460 (inflation adjusted: $9,750)
> Per capita income: $17,455 (inflation adjusted: $38,187)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.5%

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1989
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $12,560 (inflation adj.: $26,160)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $4,720 (inflation adjusted: $9,830)
> Per capita income: $18,676 (inflation adjusted: $38,980)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.4%

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1990
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $13,480 (inflation adj.: $26,780)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $5,070 (inflation adjusted: $10,070)
> Per capita income: $19,621 (inflation adjusted: $38,853)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.2%