Cost of College Tuition Has Remained Stable Since September 2019

Cost of College Tuition Has Remained Stable Since September 2019

Republished with the permission of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Back-to-school season is here! Whether your kids are off to childcare or nursery school, private elementary or high school, or college, paying for tuition, housing, textbooks, and other school-related expenses may pose a challenge to the family budget. From July 2011 to September 2019, consumer prices for college tuition and fees increased 32.0 percent. Since then, college tuition and fees have remained stable, while prices for all items have increased. Over the last 10 years, consumer prices for elementary and high school tuition and fees increased 41.8 percent.

Consumer price indexes for tuition and school-related items, not seasonally adjusted, July 2011–July 2021 (July 2011 = 100)
Month All
items
College tuition
and fees
Elementary and
high school
tuition and fees
Childcare and
nursery school
Technical and
business school
tuition and fees
Housing at school,
excluding board
College
textbooks
Jul 2011 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Aug 2011 100.3 103.2 101.1 100.5 101.3 102.0 101.1
Sep 2011 100.4 104.4 102.2 101.0 101.2 102.9 102.7
Oct 2011 100.2 104.3 102.2 101.8 101.4 103.1 102.9
Nov 2011 100.1 104.5 102.2 101.4 101.4 103.1 103.2
Dec 2011 99.9 104.5 102.2 101.4 101.5 103.1 102.9
Jan 2012 100.3 104.4 102.2 101.8 101.6 103.1 104.3
Feb 2012 100.8 104.3 102.3 101.9 102.3 103.2 104.5
Mar 2012 101.5 104.3 102.3 102.0 102.5 103.2 105.0
Apr 2012 101.8 104.2 102.3 102.1 102.6 103.3 105.3
May 2012 101.7 104.4 102.4 102.2 102.8 103.4 106.0
Jun 2012 101.6 104.4 102.7 102.1 103.2 103.5 106.0
Jul 2012 101.4 105.4 103.3 102.5 103.3 104.0 108.1
Aug 2012 102.0 107.5 104.7 102.8 103.9 106.1 109.6
Sep 2012 102.4 108.6 105.6 103.9 104.5 107.0 110.7
Oct 2012 102.4 108.8 105.7 104.0 104.6 107.3 110.9
Nov 2012 101.9 108.7 105.8 104.0 104.4 107.4 111.4
Dec 2012 101.6 108.7 105.8 104.1 104.4 107.4 111.1
Jan 2013 101.9 109.1 105.8 104.7 105.4 107.6 112.6
Feb 2013 102.8 109.1 105.8 104.7 105.4 107.6 112.7
Mar 2013 103.0 109.0 105.9 104.8 105.6 107.6 113.1
Apr 2013 102.9 109.0 105.8 104.9 105.8 107.7 113.2
May 2013 103.1 109.1 105.9 105.0 105.9 107.8 113.7
Jun 2013 103.4 109.2 106.3 104.8 105.8 107.9 113.9
Jul 2013 103.4 109.8 107.2 105.0 106.1 108.2 114.5
Aug 2013 103.5 111.9 108.8 105.3 106.8 109.7 114.1
Sep 2013 103.6 112.6 109.8 106.0 107.1 110.7 115.7
Oct 2013 103.4 112.8 109.9 106.2 107.3 110.9 116.9
Nov 2013 103.2 113.0 109.8 106.3 107.4 111.0 117.2
Dec 2013 103.2 112.9 109.8 106.4 107.5 111.0 117.4
Jan 2014 103.5 113.0 109.8 106.2 107.3 111.1 115.8
Feb 2014 103.9 113.3 109.8 106.3 107.2 111.2 116.6
Mar 2014 104.6 113.3 109.8 106.8 107.3 111.2 116.2
Apr 2014 104.9 113.4 109.8 106.9 107.5 111.3 117.2
May 2014 105.3 113.4 110.1 107.1 107.9 111.3 117.6
Jun 2014 105.5 113.7 110.6 107.1 108.0 111.3 117.3
Jul 2014 105.5 114.1 111.5 107.2 108.3 111.7 117.9
Aug 2014 105.3 115.7 112.9 107.8 108.9 112.9 120.4
Sep 2014 105.4 116.4 114.1 108.8 109.0 113.7 121.6
Oct 2014 105.1 116.8 114.1 108.8 109.4 114.0 122.5
Nov 2014 104.5 116.9 114.2 108.9 109.4 114.1 122.4
Dec 2014 103.9 116.8 114.2 108.7 109.5 114.1 123.3
Jan 2015 103.4 117.1 114.2 109.5 109.5 114.2 124.4
Feb 2015 103.9 117.1 114.2 109.5 109.5 114.4 124.0
Mar 2015 104.5 117.1 114.2 110.5 109.5 114.2 124.5
Apr 2015 104.7 117.2 114.2 111.3 109.2 114.2 124.7
May 2015 105.3 117.3 114.6 111.5 109.5 114.2 124.8
Jun 2015 105.6 117.6 115.0 111.7 109.7 114.3 123.8
Jul 2015 105.6 118.1 115.8 112.0 110.0 114.9 124.6
Aug 2015 105.5 119.5 117.0 112.4 110.3 115.8 127.0
Sep 2015 105.3 120.7 118.1 113.4 110.5 117.0 127.8
Oct 2015 105.3 120.9 118.3 113.4 110.6 117.4 128.8
Nov 2015 105.1 120.9 118.5 113.5 110.6 117.4 129.2
Dec 2015 104.7 120.9 118.4 113.2 110.8 117.5 129.9
Jan 2016 104.9 120.7 118.5 113.6 111.1 117.5 130.0
Feb 2016 105.0 120.8 118.5 113.8 111.1 117.6 129.0
Mar 2016 105.4 120.7 118.6 114.0 111.2 117.5 128.6
Apr 2016 105.9 120.8 118.7 114.1 111.3 117.5 130.6
May 2016 106.3 120.9 118.8 114.2 111.3 117.5 130.5
Jun 2016 106.7 121.1 118.9 114.4 111.4 117.8 132.3
Jul 2016 106.5 121.3 119.5 114.7 111.8 118.1 132.8
Aug 2016 106.6 122.3 120.8 115.5 112.2 119.4 135.0
Sep 2016 106.9 123.3 121.7 116.1 112.6 120.3 135.9
Oct 2016 107.0 123.6 122.4 116.5 112.6 120.5 136.4
Nov 2016 106.8 123.5 122.6 116.4 112.6 121.0 137.8
Dec 2016 106.9 123.8 122.6 116.4 112.6 121.0 137.8
Jan 2017 107.5 123.2 122.6 117.2 114.4 121.1 136.0
Feb 2017 107.8 123.2 122.6 117.4 114.5 121.2 137.4
Mar 2017 107.9 123.0 122.5 117.6 114.8 121.1 138.3
Apr 2017 108.2 123.0 122.6 117.6 115.0 121.1 136.6
May 2017 108.3 123.0 123.0 117.6 114.5 121.1 135.4
Jun 2017 108.4 123.4 123.4 117.7 114.5 121.2 135.6
Jul 2017 108.3 123.6 123.9 117.6 114.8 121.4 137.3
Aug 2017 108.7 124.6 125.3 118.0 116.1 122.3 137.2
Sep 2017 109.2 125.9 126.5 118.6 116.3 123.1 134.7
Oct 2017 109.2 126.3 126.8 118.7 116.4 123.3 135.5
Nov 2017 109.2 126.4 127.0 118.6 116.5 123.3 137.9
Dec 2017 109.1 126.4 127.0 118.5 116.5 123.5 136.3
Jan 2018 109.7 125.9 127.0 118.8 116.6 123.5 135.1
Feb 2018 110.2 125.8 127.1 119.1 116.7 123.5 136.7
Mar 2018 110.5 125.1 127.2 119.1 116.8 123.5 137.3
Apr 2018 110.9 125.1 127.3 119.2 116.8 123.6 136.2
May 2018 111.4 125.1 127.4 119.3 117.2 123.5 140.6
Jun 2018 111.5 125.5 127.8 119.6 117.4 123.6 138.8
Jul 2018 111.5 126.2 128.8 119.3 118.3 123.8 139.5
Aug 2018 111.6 128.0 131.3 120.4 118.8 125.3 137.9
Sep 2018 111.7 128.9 132.7 121.0 118.4 126.2 138.3
Oct 2018 111.9 129.7 132.7 120.5 119.0 126.5 138.8
Nov 2018 111.6 129.9 132.7 120.6 119.0 126.6 138.8
Dec 2018 111.2 129.8 132.6 120.7 119.0 126.6 136.0
Jan 2019 111.4 129.6 132.6 121.3 118.6 126.7 134.2
Feb 2019 111.9 129.7 132.7 121.7 118.5 126.6 135.3
Mar 2019 112.5 129.9 132.7 121.9 117.9 126.6 135.2
Apr 2019 113.1 129.9 132.8 121.9 118.5 126.6 135.7
May 2019 113.4 129.9 132.7 122.6 119.0 126.7 134.7
Jun 2019 113.4 129.9 133.1 123.0 119.5 126.8 135.4
Jul 2019 113.6 129.8 134.0 123.3 120.5 127.0 134.0
Aug 2019 113.6 131.2 135.2 123.6 118.4 128.0 136.8
Sep 2019 113.6 132.0 135.6 124.5 119.5 129.0 133.7
Oct 2019 113.9 132.3 136.2 124.6 119.7 129.2 132.9
Nov 2019 113.8 132.3 136.2 124.6 119.7 129.2 133.5
Dec 2019 113.7 132.0 136.2 124.8 119.7 129.5 133.7
Jan 2020 114.2 132.1 136.2 125.2 120.1 129.6 130.0
Feb 2020 114.5 132.1 136.2 126.0 120.3 129.6 131.1
Mar 2020 114.2 132.1 136.3 126.1 120.4 129.6 131.3
Apr 2020 113.5 132.1 136.7 126.1 121.1 129.6 132.6
May 2020 113.5 132.0 137.1 126.1 121.2 129.6 132.5
Jun 2020 114.1 132.1 136.8 126.6 121.9 129.7 132.2
Jul 2020 114.7 132.5 137.0 126.8 122.8 130.0 132.9
Aug 2020 115.0 132.9 138.5 126.9 122.6 130.7 133.9
Sep 2020 115.2 133.0 139.5 127.4 122.3 131.9 133.5
Oct 2020 115.3 133.1 139.5 127.5 123.1 132.3 133.4
Nov 2020 115.2 133.0 139.4 127.5 123.1 132.3 132.8
Dec 2020 115.3 133.0 139.4 127.6 123.0 132.3 133.8
Jan 2021 115.8 132.7 139.4 127.8 123.2 132.3 133.6
Feb 2021 116.4 132.7 139.4 128.2 123.0 132.4 135.4
Mar 2021 117.2 132.5 139.5 127.1 122.6 132.3 132.3
Apr 2021 118.2 132.5 139.6 127.4 123.0 132.3 133.6
May 2021 119.2 132.5 140.5 128.1 122.9 132.4 134.3
Jun 2021 120.3 132.7 141.1 128.5 123.1 132.5 134.5
Jul 2021 120.8 132.8 141.8 128.9 124.2 132.8 135.5

From July 2011 to March 2018, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 40.6 percent. After steadily decreasing from March 2018 to January 2020, prices for college textbooks have increased since January 2020 but remain well below March 2018 levels. Since July 2011, prices for childcare and nursery school increased 28.9 percent and are at their highest over the last decade.

These data are from the Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. For more consumer price data, see “Consumer Price Index — July 2021.” Also see more charts on consumer prices.

 

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