College Board reports rise in 2011-12 college costs
The addition of room and board charges brings the totals to $17,131 and $38,589 at public four-year institutions (in-state) and private four-year colleges, respectively.
Ten-year trends show published tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions increasing at an average rate of 5.6% each year BEYOND general inflation. The comparable average increases for public two-year institutions and private four-year colleges are 3.8% and 2.6%.
The report points out that the net price of tuition and fees, after taking into account grants, tuition discounts, and federal tax benefits, has increased at a much lower pace than published prices over the past five years at public four-year institutions (1.4% annually beyond inflation) and has actually declined relative to inflation at public two-year institutions and private four-year colleges.