Special Report

The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

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1991
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $14,190 (inflation adj.: $26,990)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $5,450 (inflation adjusted: $10,370)
> Per capita income: $20,030 (inflation adjusted: $38,062)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.2%

1992
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $15,030 (inflation adj.: $27,720)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $5,830 (inflation adjusted: $10,750)
> Per capita income: $21,090 (inflation adjusted: $38,905)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.6%

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1993
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $15,800 (inflation adj.: $28,350)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $6,210 (inflation adjusted: $11,140)
> Per capita income: $21,733 (inflation adjusted: $38,926)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.7%

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1994
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $16,500 (inflation adj.: $28,810)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $6,620 (inflation adjusted: $11,560)
> Per capita income: $22,575 (inflation adjusted: $39,424)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 23.3%

1995
> Private tuition, fees, room & board per year: $17,380 (inflation adj.: $29,530)
> Public tuition, fees, room & board per year: $6,740 (inflation adjusted: $11,450)
> Per capita income: $23,607 (inflation adjusted: $40,090)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 24.7%