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The Cost of College the Year You Were Born

It’s well known that the cost of college has been climbing. But rising tuition at both public and private universities hasn’t just been a recent trend. College costs have been increasing significantly for decades.

To see just how much the price tag on a postsecondary education has grown each year, GOBankingRates analyzed data on four-year institutions from the National Center for Education Statistics and the College Board, starting in 1964, the first year this data was collected. Note that the data from 1964-1970 also includes the costs for two-year institutions. Costs are in current dollars.

From 1964 to 2015, the average annual cost of a four-year public school has soared 3,772 percent. The average annual cost of a four-year private school has jumped 2,878 percent. Click through to see the annual cost of college each year since 1964, and to see how much tuition and fees increased from year to year.

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The Cost of College in 2015

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $9,410
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 2.9 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $32,405
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.59 percent

The Cost of College in 2014

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $9,145
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 2.93 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $31,283
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.82 percent
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The Cost of College in 2013

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $8,885
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 2.76 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $30,131
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.94 percent

The Cost of College in 2012

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $8,646
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 4.47 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $28,989
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.97 percent

The Cost of College in 2011

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $8,276
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 8.48 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $27,883
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.17 percent

The Cost of College in 2010

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $7,629
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.86 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $26,766
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.99 percent

The Cost of College in 2009

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $7,073
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.18 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $25,739
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.71 percent

The Cost of College in 2008

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $6,599
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.59 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $24,818
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.97 percent
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The Cost of College in 2007

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $6,191
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.67 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $23,420
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.98 percent

The Cost of College in 2006

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $5,804
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.68 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $22,308
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.33 percent

The Cost of College in 2005

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $5,492
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.14 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $20,980
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.66 percent

The Cost of College in 2004

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $5,126
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 10.36 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $20,045
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.78 percent

The Cost of College in 2003

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $4,645
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 13.35 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $18,950
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.93 percent

The Cost of College in 2002

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $4,098
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 8.82 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $18,060
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.93 percent
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The Cost of College in 2001

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $3,766
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.35 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $17,377
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 8.12 percent

The Cost of College in 2000

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $3,508
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 4.34 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $16,072
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 3.57 percent

The Cost of College in 1999

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $3,362
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 3.54 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $15,518
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.5 percent

The Cost of College in 1998

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $3,247
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 4.37 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $14,709
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.7 percent

The Cost of College in 1997

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $3,111
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 4.57 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $13,785
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.09 percent

The Cost of College in 1996

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,975
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.83 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $12,994
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.37 percent

The Cost of College in 1995

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,811
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 3.92 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $12,216
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.24 percent

The Cost of College in 1994

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,705
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.71 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $11,719
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.47 percent

The Cost of College in 1993

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,535
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 8.61 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $11,007
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.35 percent

The Cost of College in 1992

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,334
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 10.77 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $10,448
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.48 percent

The Cost of College in 1991

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $2,107
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 10.43 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $9,812
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.05 percent

The Cost of College in 1990

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,908
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 12.5 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $9,340
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 7.81 percent

The Cost of College in 1989

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,696
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.48 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $8,663
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 8.23 percent

The Cost of College in 1988

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,578
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.26 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $8,004
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 13.56 percent

The Cost of College in 1987

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,485
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.02 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $7,048
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.86 percent

The Cost of College in 1986

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,414
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.28 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $6,658
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 8.77 percent

The Cost of College in 1985

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,318
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.33 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $6,121
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 10.17 percent

The Cost of College in 1984

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,228
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.97 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $5,556
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 9.09 percent

The Cost of College in 1983

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,148
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 11.35 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $5,093
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 9.79 percent

The Cost of College in 1982

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $1,031
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 13.42 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $4,639
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 12.79 percent

The Cost of College in 1981

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $909
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 13.06 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $4,113
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 13.71 percent

The Cost of College in 1980

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $804
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 8.94 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $3,617
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 12.16 percent

The Cost of College in 1979

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $738
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7.27 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $3,225
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 9.03 percent

The Cost of College in 1978

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $688
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.04 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,958
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 9.56 percent

The Cost of College in 1977

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $655
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 6.16 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,700
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.55 percent

The Cost of College in 1976

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $617
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 13.84 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,534
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 10.61 percent

The Cost of College in 1975

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $542
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.86 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,291
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 7.56 percent

The Cost of College in 1974

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $512
  • Public school cost decrease from the prior year: -0.39 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,130
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.16 percent

The Cost of College in 1973

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $514
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 2.19 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $2,045
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 4.98 percent

The Cost of College in 1972

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $503
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 17.52 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $1,948
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.33 percent

The Cost of College in 1971

  • Average cost of a four-year public school: $428
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 21.94 percent
  • Average cost of a four-year private school: $1,832
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 8.79 percent

The Cost of College in 1970

  • Average cost of public school: $351
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 8.67 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,684
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 9.85 percent

The Cost of College in 1969

  • Average cost of public school: $323
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 9.49 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,533
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 10.85 percent

The Cost of College in 1968

  • Average cost of public school: $295
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 4.24 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,383
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.63 percent

The Cost of College in 1967

  • Average cost of public school: $283
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 2.91 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,297
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 5.19 percent

The Cost of College in 1966

  • Average cost of public school: $275
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 7 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,233
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.85 percent

The Cost of College in 1965

  • Average cost of public school: $257
  • Public school cost increase from the prior year: 5.76 percent
  • Average cost of private school: $1,154
  • Private school cost increase from the prior year: 6.07 percent

The Cost of College in 1964

  • Average cost of public school: $243
  • Average cost of private school: $1,088

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