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Average College Costs 2007-08 But Did You Know That...
Private four-year $23,712 (up 6.3 percent from last year)

Public four-year $6,185 (up 6.6 percent from last year)
  • About 56 percent of students enrolled at four-year colleges or universities attend institutions that charge tuition and fees of less than $9,000 per year.
  • 43 percent of full-time students enrolled in public four-year colleges and universities attend institutions that charge tuition and fees between $3,000 and $6,000.
  • While private four-year institutions have a much wider range of tuition and fee charges, only about 6 percent of all students attend colleges with tuition and fees totaling $33,000 or higher per year.
Public two-year $2,361 (up 4.2 percent from last year)
  • 22 percent of all full-time students attend public two-year colleges.
  • For full-time dependent students at public two-year colleges, net tuition and fees are no more than 2% of the family income.
Students will pay, on average, from $371 to $406 more than last year for this year's room and board, depending on the type of college.

The average surcharge for full-time out-of-state  students at public four-year institutions is $10,455.
  • More than $130 billion in financial aid is available to students and their families.
  • About two-thirds of all full-time undergraduate students receive grant aid. In 2007-08, estimated aid in the form of grants and tax benefits averaged about $2,040 per student at public two-year colleges, about $3,600 at public four-year colleges, and about $9,300 per student at private four-year colleges.

    This information comes from the College Board website.