According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for college tuition and fees are 17.09% higher in 2023 versus 2015 (a $3,417.52 difference in value).
Between 2015 and 2023: College tuition experienced an average inflation rate of 1.99% per year. In other words, college tuition costing $20,000 in the year 2015 would cost $23,417.52 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.17% during this same period, inflation for college tuition was lower.
In the year 2015: Pricing changed by 3.47%, which is above the average yearly change for college tuition during the 2015-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), inflation for college tuition was much higher.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for College tuition, over time, for $20,000 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for College tuition and fees: