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National Center for Education Statistics

1For public institutions, “in-district” refers to the charges paid by a student who lives in the locality surrounding the institution, such as county.

2On-campus average cost is based on those institutions that offer on-campus housing and/or meal service.

3Off-campus average cost is based on those institutions that do not require full-time, first-time students to live on-campus.

NOTE: Title IV institutions are those with a written agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs. United States includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Percentages in the Percent column of this table use the corresponding count in the "All institutions" column as the denominator. Cost of attendance includes tuition and required fees, room and board charges, books and supplies, and other expenses. Costs are average institutional costs, not average amounts paid by students (i.e., charges are not weighted by enrollment). Institutions with academic calendars that differ by program or allow continuous enrollment are not included in this table. Detail may not subtract to difference displayed because of rounding. Definitions for terms used in this table may be found in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) online glossary located at The glossary is primarily focused on terms used in the current IPEDS collection and may not reflect the definitions in effect when the data in this table were collected.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Fall 2017, Institutional Characteristics component (final data).