In this analysis, the Institute for College Access & Success takes a state-by-state look at college affordability. They look at college affordability as the proportion of family income needed to cover the net price that students are being asked to pay. Unlike looking at dollar figures alone, this provides a better sense of how manageable different prices are for families with different resources. The Institute uses the most recent data available for typical net prices at each income level to assess college affordability for public two- and four-year college students nationally and in every state. The report finds striking inequities in public college affordability both within and across states, with the lowest income students facing the most extreme and unrealistic financial expectations.Explore
On the Verge
Financial costs and challenges go well beyond tuition for lower income students who want to stay in school and succeed.