This report documents the latest trends in net tuition for American higher education. Affordability has become a topic of concern for many, but there is a lack of information on the relevant concepts of tuition, primarily published vs. net. This report seeks to shed light on this topic.
While few doubt that published tuition rates (sticker price) have been increasing at alarming rates, it is often argued that "net tuition," or the out of pocket expense, for students is much lower because of financial aid. This report shows that with few exceptions, financial aid has not increased sufficiently to offset increases in published tuition. In other words, the net tuition paid by students is higher now than it was five years ago.