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July 10, 2013 2:29 PM In-state Students See Biggest Tuition Hikes

By Daniel Luzer

All tuition hikes are not the same.

An important point made by education policy analysts is that college tuition continues to rise every year, well beyond the rate of inflation. But the tuition increases are much worse for some students than others. According to a piece by Douglas Belkin in the Wall Street Journal:

Tuition at four-year state schools increased at a faster rate for in-state students than their out-of-state classmates in the past three years, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
Between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 academic years, the average tuition and fees for full-time, first-year, degree-seeking undergraduates at four-year state schools increased 6.7% to $7,526. Out-of-state students saw their tuition and fees increase 4.1% to $17,404.

Private universities increased tuition and fees 3.1 percent between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 academic years.

Public universities are often accused of filling their classes with out-of-state students to make up for deficiencies in public funding, but it looks like it’s mostly in-state students (and their parents) who are really taking the hit here.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Demosthenes on July 11, 2013 4:06 PM:

    The empirical basis for this article is so misleading as to be worthless. Out of state tuition is, in most instances, at least double the amount of in-state tuition, correct? In raw dollars, then, if in-state tuition increases 6.7% and out of state tuition increases by 4.1%, then the amount of money paid for out of state education increased by more than the increase for instate tuition, right? A real example using your numbers, including just tuition and fees, and excluding housing and food: for 2013-2014, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) charges $13,814 (in state)/$24,072(out of state). Assume, for the sake of argument, that tuition increases next year by 6.7% (instate)/4.1% (out of state) the increase works out to $925.53 (in state)/$986 (out of state). Who is paying more of an increase? In some states the in state out of state disparity is even greater. I recommend you check out what occurs at the U of Michigan (Ann Arbor) or William & Mary and other institutions that really stick it to out of state students.