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    Determine Your College Costs

    A variety of factors can impact what you will pay for college, such as the region of the country you live in and the type of institution you want to attend.

    Figure out what you may pay when it's time for your child to attend college by entering some basic information about what you envision for college.

    College Costs by Region chart
    College costs vary based on region. This map shows average expenses by region for one year at an in-state public college, based on the 2011-2012 school year.


    Annual Costs (Public Four-Year)

    • Middle States: $18,835
    • Midwest: $17,115
    • New England: $20,458
    • South: $15,042
    • Southwest: $14,842
    • West: $19,069

    Source: Annual Survey of Colleges, The College Board, New York, NY.


    Student Budgets by Region

    Average Student Expenses by College Board Region, 2011-2012 (Enrollment-Weighted)

    Resident   Commuter
    Region Sector Tuition
    and
    Fees
    Additional
    Out-of-State
    Charges*
    Books
    and
    Supplies
    Room and Board Transportation Other
    Costs
    Room
    and
    Board**
    Transportation Other
    Costs
    National Public Two-Year $2963 $5174 $1182 - - - $7408 $1606 $2127
    Public Four-Year $8244 $12526 $1168 $8887 $1082 $2066 $8715 $1542 $2417
    Private Four-Year $28500 N/A $1213 $10089 $926 $1496 $8877 $1373 $1863
    New England Public Two-Year $4437 $6770 $1053 - - - $7605 $1561 $2197
    Public Four-Year $10494 $13871 $1057 $9964 $668 $1467 $8996 $1200 $1631
    Private Four-Year $35720 N/A $1154 $11966 $623 $1229 $10983 $1041 $1456
    Middle States Public Two-Year $4048 $4037 $1157 - - - $8801 $1638 $1790
    Public Four-Year $8885 $10488 $1285 $9950 $906 $1868 $9948 $1388 $2582
    Private Four-Year $30181 N/A $1220 $11373 $768 $1380 $10108 $1315 $1740
    South Public Two-Year $3089 $6854 $1067 - - - $6622 $2007 $2075
    Public Four-Year $7056 $13484 $1125 $7986 $1327 $2034 $8371 $1754 $2354
    Private Four-Year $24713 N/A $1231 $8865 $1334 $1668 $8132 $1749 $1994
    Midwest Public Two-Year $3460 $3300 $1096 - - - $5950 $1643 $1717
    Public Four-Year $8921 $12217 $1005 $8194 $975 $2194 $7820 $1347 $2388
    Private Four-Year $26559 N/A $1197 $8631 $845 $1521 $7804 $1364 $2037
    Southwest Public Two-Year $2160 $2907 $1106 - - - $5535 $1776 $2380
    Public Four-Year $7433 $9286 $1084 $7409 $1501 $2177 $7540 $1842 $2309
    Private Four-Year $25260 N/A $1137 $8604 $1211 $1593 $6952 $1501 $1777
    West Public Two-Year $1928 $5818 $1428 - - - $8233 $1246 $2509
    Public Four-Year $8290 $14608 $1396 $10779 $1040 $2300 $9353 $1542 $2576
    Private Four-Year $28067 N/A $1306 $10168 $1002 $1817 $8646 $1918 $1203


    - Sample too small to provide meaningful information.

    *The average out-of-state tuition and fees are computed as the sum of the enrollment-weighted average in-state tuition and fees plus the average out-of-state premium, weighted by full-time out-of-state enrollments in each institution.

    **Room and board costs for commuter students are average estimated living expenses for students living off campus but not with parents as reported by institutions in the Annual Survey of Colleges.

    Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.

    This table was prepared in October 2011.

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