Tuition, other school fees, and childcare priced at $20 in 1978 $268.17 in 2022

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Prices for Tuition, Other School Fees, And Childcare, 1978-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for tuition, other school fees, and childcare are 1,240.84% higher in 2022 versus 1978 (a $248.17 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2022: Tuition, other school fees, and childcare experienced an average inflation rate of 6.08% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, tuition, other school fees, and childcare costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $268.17 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.44% during this same period, inflation for tuition, other school fees, and childcare was higher.

In the year 1978: Pricing changed by 3.45%, which is below the average yearly change for tuition, other school fees, and childcare during the 1978-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1978 (7.63%), inflation for tuition, other school fees, and childcare was much lower.

Price Inflation for Tuition, other school fees, and childcare since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1982 (13.24%), 1981 (12.25%), and 1983 (10.13%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Tuition, other school fees, and childcare, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1978$20.003.45%
1979$21.648.20%
1980$23.8210.10%
1981$26.7412.25%
1982$30.2813.24%
1983$33.3510.13%
1984$36.7210.10%
1985$40.049.05%
1986$43.358.27%
1987$46.827.99%
1988$50.527.91%
1989$54.427.72%
1990$58.788.00%
1991$64.028.92%
1992$69.738.93%
1993$75.368.07%
1994$80.226.45%
1995$84.905.84%
1996$89.355.24%
1997$93.784.96%
1998$98.424.94%
1999$103.154.81%
2000$108.365.05%
2001$114.095.29%
2002$121.126.16%
2003$129.336.78%
2004$138.587.15%
2005$147.466.41%
2006$156.566.17%
2007$165.275.56%
2008$174.645.67%
2009$183.635.15%
2010$191.724.41%
2011$199.764.19%
2012$207.713.98%
2013$215.313.66%
2014$222.363.28%
2015$230.403.62%
2016$236.862.80%
2017$242.392.34%
2018$247.952.29%
2019$255.132.90%
2020$260.141.96%
2021$263.821.41%
2022$268.171.65%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Tuition, other school fees, and childcare:

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI57.80059.79264.69271.22379.94690.53199.700109.769119.708129.608139.962151.038162.700175.715191.385208.469225.300239.823253.831267.123280.377294.238308.385323.969341.092362.108386.654414.292440.862468.062494.079522.098548.971573.174597.208620.979643.681664.780688.814708.115724.655741.262762.749777.716788.712801.717

Adjust tuition, other school fees, and childcare prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Tuition, other school fees, and childcare was 59.792 in the year 1978 and 801.717 in 2022:

801.717 / 59.792 * $20 = $268.17

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $268.17 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Tuition, other school fees, and childcare).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Tuition, other school fees, and childcare in 1977. In addition to tuition, other school fees, and childcare, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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