According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for college tuition and fees were 1.43% higher in 2021 versus 2019 (a $285.46 difference in value).
Between 2019 and 2021: College tuition experienced an average inflation rate of 0.71% per year. In other words, college tuition costing $20,000 in the year 2019 would cost $20,285.46 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.84% during this same period, inflation for college tuition was lower.
In the year 2019: Pricing changed by 2.86%, which is above the average yearly change for college tuition during the 2019-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2019 (1.81%), 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 2019. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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