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Cost of College

The cost of higher education

About This Data

Compiled from the National Center of Education Statistics Annual Digest and became available here. Specifically, Table 330.20: Average undergraduate tuition and fees and room and board rates charged for full-time students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by control and level of institution and state or jurisdiction

This dataset allows us to have a significantly better understanding of the costs involved in a college degree.

Further analysis we could do with such a dataset includes: Finding the state with the lowest average room and board price. Compare our findings in this dataset with another that includes other information about schools in specific states. Determine the state with the best return on investment based on average first year salary and compare that to costs.

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Average cost of tuition by year

Average costs by state.

Average cost by type of schooling

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Public out-of-state schools are nearly twice as expensive as in-state students on average.


On average, 4 year colleges are more than twice as expensive as 2 year. Around $15,000 vs. around $6,000


On average, the state with the cheapest 4-year tuition is Utah, at $10,983.

Key Insights


Whether you are looking to go to college, pay for it, or are just a curious individual, this dataset is for you. This dataset includes the fees/tuition cost, as well as room/board cost for all variations of education for each state. With well over 3,000 entries, this dataset is incredibly useful for understanding the costs of a higher education, and where these costs can be mitigated.

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