On average, in-state students at public four-year institutions paid just $3,980 in tuition and fees during the 2015–16 academic year. This cost, known as the average net price, reflects the actual cost of tuition after scholarships, grants and tax benefits have been taken into consideration.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has launched a campaign on Public University Values to help better explain key facts about the value of public universities and to clarify some common misconceptions, such as the cost of attendance.
While public universities continue to provide the most affordable way to receive a quality higher education, recent steep cuts in state funding have pressured public institutions to make up some of their lost funding through tuition increases. From 2006–07 to 2012–13, after adjusting for inflation, four-year public universities experienced state funding cuts of $2,370 per student, while tuition and fee revenues increased by only $1,940—a net loss of $430 per full-time student.
Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #PublicUValues.