Latest Student Headcount and College Completion, Cost of Attendance Data at a Glance
Over a three-year period, 4-year institutions saw the largest percentage increase in tuition and fees, compared to private nonprofits and for-profits, but maintain the lowest net price, according to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The provisional data, “Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2011-12, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2010-11; and 12-Month Enrollment: 2010-11,” includes updated data findings from IPEDS fall 2011 collection on institutional characteristics for the 2011-12 academic year, completions covering the period July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, and data on 12-month enrollment for the 2010-11 academic year.
NCES shows that the average tuition and required fees for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates at 4-year institutions generally increased from 2009-10 to 2011-12. Between 2009-10 and 2011-12, 4-year public institutions increased the average tuition and required fees by 9 percent for in-state students and 6 percent for out-of-state students. During that same time period, 4-year nonprofit institutions increased tuition by 4 percent, and for-profit institutions reported no increase.
NCES also released provisional data on “Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2011 and Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2010-11.” The study shows that the difference between average price and net price varies by institution type for full-time, first-time degree/certificate seeking undergraduate students receiving any grant aid:
- For the 2010-11 academic year, students attending public 4-year institutions saw an average price before aid of approximately $17,600 and a net price of about $11,000. For 2009-10, the average price was $16,900 and the net price after aid about $10,200.
- For those attending private nonprofit 4-year institutions, average price before aid was roughly $34,000 and net price was about $19,800. For 2009-10, the average price was $32,700 and net price was about $16,700.
- For for-profit 4-year institutions, average price before aid was approximately $27,900 and net price was about $22,500. For 2009-10, the average price was $27,900 and net price was about $23,800.
NCES also released data on headcount and completion, showing that women led men in headcount and completion, while the racial/ethnic gap between white students and minority students persists.
- Institutions reported a 12-month headcount enrollment totaling about 29.5 million individual students, consisting of roughly 25.6 million undergraduates and approximately 3.9 million graduates.
- Of the 29.5 million students, approximately 17 million were women and 12.5 million were men.
- Approximately 16 million were White, 4.2 million were Black, 3.7 million were Hispanic, 1.4 million were Asian and 265,000 were American Indian.
- Postsecondary institutions awarded 3.6 million degrees in 2010-11, with 4-year institutions awarding 2.9 million and 2-year institutions awarding approximately 650,000.
- At 4-year institutions, 62.7 percent of degrees went to women with 37.3 percent going to men. At 2-year institutions, 60.5 percent of degrees went to women with 39.5 percent going to men.
- Black (18.6 percent) and Hispanic (15.9 percent) students combined make up a smaller percentage of students receiving degrees in 2010-11 than White students (47.9 percent).