Average Net Prices – Average Cost of College

Average net prices are what the college estimates you will have to pay out of pocket based on family income. This average cost of college data is slightly old so we provided you with a way to estimate current average net prices. The box, Annual Increase, allows for you to to estimate the average net price for the upcoming school year. Colleges increase in cost by 3-5% annually, but this is not the case for all schools. This tool then estimates what the out of pocket expenses for certain income ranges would be for the 2018-2019 school year using the data from the 2015-2016 school year. Note that a college can either be Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 colleges show average net price for all students either university-wide or in the largest program. Type 2 colleges show average net prices for in-state students.

This data can be invaluable because it gives you a general sense of the average cost of college. Combine this knowledge with how much you and your family can pay in the College Search Calculator to estimate your total college debt before you apply to these schools! You can also sign up for a free account to save colleges you are interested in.