How much do colleges and universities spend on students?
In 200910, average total expenditures per full-time-equivalent (FTE) student at public degree-granting colleges were $26,200. The 200910 total expenditures per FTE student were lower than in 200809, but about 1 percent higher than in 200304, after adjustment for inflation. In 200910, public 4-year colleges had average total expenditures per FTE student of $35,700, compared with $11,900 at public 2-year colleges. At private not-for-profit colleges, total expenditures per FTE student rose 6 percent between 200304 and 200910, after adjustment for inflation. In 200910, total expenditures per FTE student at private not-for-profit colleges were $45,900; they averaged $46,100 at 4-year colleges and $19,000 at 2-year colleges. The expenditures per FTE student at private for-profit institutions were $12,400 in 200910, which was about 6 percent lower than in 200304, after adjustment for inflation. The difference between average expenditures per FTE student at private for-profit 4-year colleges ($12,400) and private for-profit 2-year colleges ($12,600) was relatively small compared to the differences between 2-year and 4-year public and private not-for-profit colleges.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001), Chapter 3.
|Expenditures of public degree-granting institutions per full-time equivalent student, by level of institution: 200304 through 200910
|Year||All institutions||4-year institutions||2-year institutions|
1Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participated in Title IV federal financial aid programs.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001), Table 377.
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