For full-time students in public 4-year colleges and universities, tuition and fees increased about $1,810 (2013 dollars) between 2008-09 ($7,010) and 2012-13 ($8,820) — an increase of 25.8%. The average room and board is $9,350. Grant aid (all sources) and federal education tax credits and deductions total $5,770. Before tax credits and aid, the student cost is $18,170 — and $12,400 after.
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