Costs & Facts

A college education has never been more essential, yet the cost of tuition has never been greater. College-advising professionals urge students to start planning how to pay for college as early as possible and to take advantage of available student aid (federal, state, and private).

The average cost of tuition for colleges and trade schools varies depending on a number of different factors. These include type of school (two-year vs. four-year, public vs. private, etc.), in-state or out-of-state student enrollment, etc.

Current Total College Costs

SOURCES: "Trends in College Pricing 2011," The College Board; Comerica Auto Affordability Report Index (Q3 2010), November 15, 2010; Quarterly Housing Affordability Index (Q4 2011), National Association of Realtors.


Although the cost of tuition is higher than ever, almost every student is eligible for at least one of the thousands of programs that distribute more than $200 billion annually to help students pay for college.

A College Cost & Planning Report® can help students plan accordingly by providing a side-by-side comparison of the published cost of attendance (COA), financial aid eligibility, and estimated net cost for the full-time, undergraduate programs at colleges that interest them. This information allows students to evaluate the net costs of multiple colleges, preventing unmanageable debt burdens after graduation. Get started by contacting your TuitionHelp™ Student Aid Advisor.