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Colleges’ net prices drop as inflation outpaces average published tuition

October 27, 2021

The new data on college pricing and student aid adds perspective to how shifts in the U.S. higher education landscape are unfolding.

“This year’s data underscore the significant impact COVID-19 has had on higher education,” Jessica Howell, College Board’s vice president for research, said in a statement.

It’s the second straight year the College Board has tracked abnormally small increases in before-inflation sticker prices. Last year, average tuition and fees rose just over 1% for in-state students at four-year public colleges and about 2% for students attending private nonprofit colleges.

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