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The cost of college has far outpaced the rise in the cost of other life purchases over the last 20 years. Below are the sticker prices for public and private four-year universities, compared to the consumer price index, which measures the change in the price of consumer goods and services, median price of a home, the average cost of health care spending per household, the average cost of a new car and the median family income. All figures have been adjusted for inflation.

Over time, the state of Maine’s portion of the total cost for a full-time student at a four-year public university has gone down, while the percentage paid through tuition and fees has gone up. All figures have been adjusted for inflation.


EFC Estimator

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