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College Cost and Debt, 2003-2011


national united states college costs and debt

I. US College Debt and Cost II. US College Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

I. US College Debt and Cost:
4-year Colleges & Universities
Year Average
Debt of Undergrads
% of College Graduates
with Debt
Average
Total Cost of Attendance per Year**
Average
Total Cost of Attendance for Four Year***
2010-2011 $24,854 59% $27,915 $111,660
2009-2010 $23,540 58% $26,908 $107,632
2008-2009 $22,526 58% $25,758 $103,032
2007-2008 $21,157 58% $24,497 $97,988
2006-2007 $20,300 57% $23,182 $92,728
2005-2006 $19,351 58% $19,328 $77,312
2004-2005 $18,221 57% $18,261 $73,044
2003-2004 $17,580 57% $17,191 $68,764
**"Estimated total cost of attendance for first-time full-time undergraduates for the full academic year or the length of the largest program (for colleges with nontraditional schedules); the sum of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal and transportation expenses."

***ProCon.org calculated the average cost for four years by multiplying the total cost of attendance per year by four. The actual average cost of four years of college may be higher or lower depending on tuition changes each year a student attends college.

        


II. US College Enrollment and Degrees Awarded:
4-year Colleges & Universities
Year Fall 2010
enrollment (total--all colleges & universities)
Associate's
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's
Degrees Awarded
Master's
Degrees Awarded
Doctoral &
Professional Degrees Awarded
2010-2011 13,370,996 279,456 1,712,660 728,688 164,067
2009-2010 12,946,984 235,333 1,648,862 693,467 158,647
2008-2009 12,167,617 197,640 1,600,840 661,985 157,795
2007-2008 11,696,166 173,764 1,562,184 627,238 154,248
2006-2007 11,304,319 155,771 1,527,606 605,585 151,687
2005-2006 11,059,437 141,946 1,486,404 595,556 145,032
2004-2005 10,786,567 127,892 1,438,123 573,728 141,023
2003-2004 10,481,589 116,674 1,402,733 560,065 132,990

        
Source: Project on Student Debt, "State by State Data," www.projectonstudentdebt.org (accessed Oct. 14, 2013)

Related Link: State-by-State College Statistics: How Do Your State's Colleges Rate?