College Costs in Context
A State-by-State Look at College (Un)Affordability

April 27, 2017
The Institute for College Access & Success

College Costs in Context: A State-by-State Look at College (Un)Affordability analyzes state-level college affordability at two- and four-year public colleges, by focusing on the share of family income required to cover the net price paid by students at each income level. We find striking inequities in public college affordability, both within and across states. While college costs are high relative to family incomes for most students in most states, the lowest income students face the most extreme and unrealistic financial expectations. Sortable data by state and sector are also available for download.