Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2017-18: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables

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The Policy Analysis and Research unit offers a variety of policy and information resources to support better informed decision making, principally at the state level. The unit is involved in a number of research projects and collaborative initiatives that focus on college completion: adult learners; multistate data-sharing to support educational planning and workforce development; and other critical areas. WICHE staff serve as a useful resource on a number of higher education issues, including state and federal financial aid, finance, articulation and transfer, the Common Core State Standards, and various college completion initiatives. Its publication series, including Policy Insights and Western Policy Exchanges, explore a wide range of significant policy issues. The unit also undertakes major, long-term grant-funded projects, collaborates with other regional and national organizations, and provides short-term technical assistance to members.

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Each year, WICHE curates tuition and fees data from the 350-plus public colleges and universities in 16 Western U.S. states and territories, then publishes this data to enable comparisons, not only school-by-school but also across states, institutional sectors, and Carnegie classifications. In doing so, WICHE provides the West’s most definitive resource on college tuition and fees. Illuminating key data points that include:

  • 2017-18 resident undergraduate tuition and fees at four-year institutions increased 4.0 percent, and at two-year colleges increased 4.3 percent, since 2016-17—reflecting steeper increases than seen these past few years, though more modest than increases seen between 2007-08 and 2011-12.
  • This past decade, tuition and fees have increased 54.3 percent at four-year institutions and 40.8 percent at two-year colleges. (The latter figure drops to 31.2 percent when excluding California, which has high enrollment and low tuition and fees.)
  • For the first year of this annual publication, WICHE includes undergraduate student fee trends data. Though undergraduate student fees at four-year institutions this past decade increased in 13 of 15 WICHE states (by more than 100 percent in six states), sharp fee cuts in California and South Dakota led to an aggregate average decrease in fees for the WICHE region overall.

These and more takeaways can be gleaned from Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West: 2017-18, which helps WICHE-region states and institutions gauge their progress in keeping college affordable, and yields insights that can have policy or budget implications.


Download Excel Data: Tuition and Fees Dataset - 2017-18

This dataset provides all institution-level tuition and fees, enrollments, and institutional characteristics needed to reproduce published data tables, and printable copies of all state and regional average tables from the report. 

Download PDF Report and Tables: Click here for the 2017-18 Tuition and Fees data tables and report.