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Tuition Tracker is an interactive tool that shows the relationship between published tuition and the actual costs of attending a college. Students can compare colleges by using their household income level to see what students like them have paid in the past.

Colleges and universities can also be compared based on graduation rate, which shows the likelihood of a student successfully completing their degree on time — a significant factor in affordability.

The Tuition Tracker tool was relaunched in Fall 2019 using historical data to forecast college costs. The tool currently allows users to see an estimate of what they may pay to attend the college of their choice in the 2024-25 academic year. Other historical data, such as retention and completion rates, have been updated in April 2024 using the most recently available figures.

Tuition Tracker uses cookies for optimal performance. Neither Tuition Tracker nor The Hechinger Report retains records of your personal data or answers to income questions.

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Tuition Tracker is powered by U.S. Department of Education data from IPEDS, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a service provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. The institutions analyzed are all U.S.-based, degree-granting colleges and universities that have first-time, full-time undergraduates.

Prices are for first-time, first-year students. The projected prices for each institution were calculated by taking the compound annual growth rate over the period of 2012-13 to 2022-23 using raw IPEDS data, then projecting that rate from the 2022-23 sticker price to the 2024-25 academic year. Institutions without consecutive years of data going back to 2012-13 will not have projected prices. Average net price projections are determined by applying the discount rate for each income level in the last historical year these data were available.

Rates for graduation, retention and percent of students paying sticker price are derived from IPEDS data on first-time, first-year students.

The data on institutional characteristics, acceptance rate and enrollment by race/ethnicity and gender are published as they are provided in IPEDS.

*2021-22 data are considered provisional but have undergone NCES quality control procedures

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