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Obama visits WNY

August 22, 2013

College costs are on the rise


Tonawanda News — UB has been recognized nationally as a “next-generation” university, and is one of Kiplinger’s best values in public colleges (No. 33 on a list of 100 schools released in January). However, like others, it is not immune to cost increases.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics College Navigator database (run by the U.S. Department of Education), tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate UB students toatled $7,013 in 2009-10. The 2013-14 numbers from UB’s website indicate a total of $8,426 — an increase of $1,413, or about 20 percent. 

For out-of-state students, tuition and fees for UB undergrads were $14,913 in 2009-10, while 2013-14 numbers are $20,366. That adds up to an increase of $5,453, or about 37 percent.

From a broader perspective, in-state student tuition alone for UB was $1,350 back in 1988. It’s $5,870 today — a whopping 335 percent increase.

Comparatively, real median household income rose from $32,190 in 1988 to $50,502 in 2011 (the last year from which numbers are available). That’s an increase of $18,312 — about 57 percent.

“UB is an acknowledged leader among large public universities, recognized as an innovator in balancing quality and affordability. Nationally, our tuition rate is low and our graduation rate is high. We are committed to ensuring the support our students need to graduate on time,” wrote John DellaContrada, UB assistant vice president for media relations, in an email statement. “We are thrilled to be chosen to host President Obama for a discussion about issues very important to UB’s leadership: Ensuring that our U.S. system of higher education remains the best in the world, and ensuring all students have access to a superb education at a world-class institution like UB.”

Public versus private

For Buffalo State students, tuition and fees amounted to $6,007 in 2009-10 for in-state undergrads. By 2013-14, according to the Buff State website, tuition and fees are listed as $7,022, an increase of $1,015 or about 17 percent. For out-of-state undergrads, 2009-10 tuition and fees were $13,907, according to NCES. By 2013-14, they’d risen to $16,472, an increase of $2,565 or about 18 percent.

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