State Stats

Partners is committed to improving transparency of statewide data and policies related to higher education affordability. This map contains the following information for each state:

Affordability and Funding Stats
Policy Initiatives

Map Data Sourcing:

Affordability and Funding Stats

Tuition and Fees Average:
Jennifer Ma et al., Trends in College Pricing 2019 (New York, NY: The College Board, 2019), https://research.collegeboard.org/trends/college-pricing. The 10-year growth metric compares the change in average published public four-year in-state tuition and fees between 2009-10 and 2019-2020.

Sample Institution Net Price:

National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics), https://nces.edu.gov/collegenavigator. The net prices listed are for the 2018-19 academic year. The sample institutions were selected based on research by James Koch, Professor of Economics, Old Dominion University.

Average Debt and Percentage with Debt:
The Institute for College Access and Success, Student Debt and the Class of 2018 (Washington, DC: The Project on Student Debt, The Institute for College Access and Success, September 2019), https://ticas.org/posd/map-state-data#.

Educational Appropriations Per FTE and 10-year Growth:
Sophia Laderman and Dustin Weeden, State Higher Education Finance: FY 2019 (Boulder, CO: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, 2020), https://shef.sheeo.org/report/. The Educational Appropriations are adjusted based on cost of living, enrollment mix, and inflation. The 10-year growth metric compares the change in Educational Appropriations per FTE between FY 2009 and FY 2019.

Policy Initiatives

Tuition Freeze/Cap:
Sarah Pingel and Shanique Broom, 50-State Comparison: State Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Setting, Capping and Freezing (Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States, May 2020), https://ecs.org/postsecondary-tuition-capping-and-freezing/. The ECS report includes additional information on each individual tuition freeze or cap policy.

Public Comment Period Required:
Partners internal research. States with a check mark have a mandate, through regulation or statute, that specifically requires governing boards to receive public comment prior to the approval of tuition and fee increases.

Governing Board Training Required:
Partners internal research. States with a check mark have a mandate, through regulation or statute, that specifically requires governing board members to have training related to their role and responsibilities.

Learn more about state policies concerning Trustee Training and Public Comment information.

Find more information:

The US Department of Education’s College Navigator contains information for every Title IV eligible institutions’ net price and the Net Price Calculator Center provides a link to each institution’s net price calculator to determine how much a student is likely to pay based on their financial situation.