According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for college tuition and fees were 24.83% higher in 2020 versus 2012 (a $4,966.29 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2020: College tuition experienced an average inflation rate of 2.81% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, college tuition costing $20,000 in the year 2012 would cost $24,966.29 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.51% during this same period, inflation for college tuition was higher.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 4.85%, which is above the average yearly change for college tuition during the 2012-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for college tuition was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for College tuition and fees:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for College tuition, over time, for $20000 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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