May 17, 2022

New Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees in the United States From the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

From the National Center for Education Statistics:

Between 2016–17 and 2018–19, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions increased 1 percent for in-state and decreased 0.2 percent for out-of-state students (after adjusting for inflation). During that same time period, tuition and required fees increased 1.4 percent at 4-year nonprofit institutions and decreased by 3.7 percent at for-profit institutions.

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new set of data and web tables today (October 11) that includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2018 collection. This collection included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2018-19 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2017–18 academic year.
Other findings include:

  • In 2018–19 there were 6, 281 Title IV institutions in the United States and other U.S. jurisdictions—2,787 were classified as 4-year institutions, 1,728 were 2-year institutions, and the remaining 1,76 6 were less-than-2-year institutions;
  • Of the roughly 3.4 million students receiving degrees or certificates at 4-year Title IV degree-granting institutions, approximately 58 percent received a bachelor’s degree. This percentage varied by control of institution, with about 63 percent of the 2. 1 million students at public institutions receiving a bachelor’s degree, roughly 52 percent of the 1.1 million students at nonprofit institutions receiving a bachelor’s degree, and about 41 percent of the 241,000 students at for-profit institutions receiving a bachelor’s degree;
  • Institutions reported a 12-month unduplicated headcount enrollment of about 26.4  million individual students. Of these, roughly 22.6 million were undergraduates and approximately 3.9 million were graduate students.

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