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Tuition is the price colleges charge for classes. Students also pay other fees related to enrolling in and attending a college. The cost of tuition and fees varies by college.

There's a wide range of prices, as the table below shows. But keep in mind: Half of all full-time undergraduate students at public and private nonprofit four-year colleges attend institutions whose 2017-18 tuition and fees are $12,090 or less.

Type of CollegeAverage Published Yearly Tuition and Fees, 2017-18
Public Two-Year College (in-district students)$3,570
Public Four-Year College (in-state students)$9,970
Public Four-Year College (out-of-state students)$25,620
Private Four-Year College$34,740

These numbers are based on published tuition costs, not what students actually end up paying out of their own pockets. There can be a big difference between those two numbers, thanks to financial aid. Learn more about tuition and other college costs.