According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for college tuition and fees were 15.56% higher in 2021 versus 2014 (a $3,112.86 difference in value).
Between 2014 and 2021: College tuition experienced an average inflation rate of 2.09% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, college tuition costing $20,000 in the year 2014 would cost $23,112.86 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.63% during this same period, inflation for college tuition was higher.
In the year 2014: Pricing changed by 3.69%, which is above the average yearly change for college tuition during the 2014-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2014 (1.62%), 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 2014. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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