Most Private Non-Profit Institutions Advertise High Tuition Sticker Prices Few Students Pay

Average published tuition and fees are up 20 percent since 2008 at private, nonprofit four-year universities, the College Board reports. But the actual net price students pay has increased a much slower 4.4 percent. And while those institutions list a published price of more than $32,000 per year, on average, full-time students actually pay an average of less than $15,000. Source:

Beyond College Rankings

The choice of whether and where to attend college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality…popular rankings of college quality, such as those produced by U.S. News, Forbes, and Money, focus only on a small fraction of the nation’s four-year colleges and tend to reward highly selective institutions over those that contribute the most to student success.

Source: Beyond College Rankings : A Value-Added Approach to Assessing
Two- and Four-Year Schools, Brookings Institution, ,Jonathan Rothwell
and Siddharth Kulkarni

More from Graduate Survey

According to Sokanu, degree programs posting high levels of satisfaction were
Women’s Studies, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology,
Applied Mathematics and Philosophy and Religious Studies. Degrees in
Operations Logistics and E-commerce, Medical Assisting, Automotive Repair,
Medical Administration and Accounting placed as the least satisfying degree programs.


Online career support company Sokanu surveyed 22,000 college graduates.
The results: jobs most in-demand and high-paying among employers are among
the least popular among college students, and degrees with the lowest levels
of earning potential are attracting the greatest number of students.

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