Average price for state residents reaches $5,466 at New England’s public two-year colleges, $11,845 at public four-year institutions …
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Since the 2013-14 academic year, tuition and required fees in New England have risen 21% ($959) at public community colleges and 18% ($1,811) at public four-year colleges, according to NEBHE’s 2018-19 Tuition and Fees Report.
The report, published annually by NEBHE’s Policy & Research team, takes an in-depth look at the tuition and required fees published by public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions across New England. It explores emerging trends by providing a historical analysis of tuition and fees in the region to shed light on college prices, as well as legislative and institutional initiatives that seek to address affordability challenges.
In New England, and across the U.S., attaining a postsecondary credential is an essential prerequisite to contributing to the economy and providing for oneself and family.
While many good jobs can be obtained with an associate degree, certificate or alternative credential, bachelor’s degrees continue to offer the strongest earnings premiums. In New England, the average bachelor’s degree holder earns $14,194 more annually than an associate degree holder and $19,589 more than someone with a high-school diploma. An associate degree holder earns an average of $5,395 more per year than someone with a high school diploma.
However, tuition and fees at postsecondary institutions continue to rise, making college enrollment and completion financially burdensome for many individuals. Many states including Rhode Island and, more recently, Connecticut, have initiated programs that provide last-dollar financial assistance or debt-free college options to help alleviate financial stress while incentivizing college attendance.
Notable updates from New England states:
- The Connecticut Senate passed the state budget bill in June 2019, which includes a plan for statewide, debt-free community college in 2020. Funding for this program is contingent on online iLottery ticket sales. Funds will be awarded as a last-dollar scholarship for low- and middle-income families who are left with a gap between financial aid and cost of attendance.
- In April 2019, the University of Maine System (UMS) stated that one in four undergraduate students would receive free tuition for the spring semester through the Maine State Grant, a legislative grant program, and the UMS Promise Initiative, an institutional grant program.
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