Benjamin Franklin spoke of two certainties in life: death and taxes. Add tuition hikes to the list. The cost of attending college — be it public, private, two-year, four-year or online — is going up every year. Never down. Here’s the price of admission.
Tuition’s steady rise
This chart shows the change in average annual tuition and mandatory fees among selected public and private colleges in Washington. You can explore the list in detail below.
Private colleges remain the costliest, but as you can see, public schools have seen the greatest percentage increases in tuition. Chalk that up to a shrinking state budget.
Tuition at a selection of Washington colleges
The interactive box below is a detailed look at the schools on which we based the graph above. The figures here are for tuition and mandatory fees for a full-time year of education. Room and board are not included.
Enrollments are for fall 2010. Numbers for Snohomish County’s two community colleges are omitted because of the high number of part-time students. Everett reported an enrollment of 20,454 students of all stripes. Edmonds says enrollment that year averaged 12,000 people per quarter.