January 20, 2022

Data Brief/Chart: The Cost of College Textbooks Has Increased 88% Since Jan. 2006, Tuition and Fees Up 63% (U.S.)

The following data and chart was published is a recent issue The Economics Daily (TED) published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

From TED:

From January 2006 to July 2016, the Consumer Price Index for college tuition and fees increased 63 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items.

Over that period, consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.


Click Image for Interactive Version of Chart; Source: BLS

From January 2006 to July 2016, consumer prices for tuition and fees for private elementary and high schools increased 55 percent. Over that period, consumer prices for childcare and nursery schools increased 39 percent.

Direct to Source, Including Interactive Version of Chart, Data Table and Link to Additional Data

See Also: Additional Info/Tools/Methodology: Consumer Price Index (via BLS)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.