Land-Grant Group Sends a Valentine to Public Universities

On the same day that President Obama released his College Scorecard to help students and their families compare institutions, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities unveiled a data-packed scorecard of its own to show how favorably public higher education stacks up against its private nonprofit and for-profit counterparts.

The 12-page report compares the average list prices of public universities ($8,655), for-profit institutions ($15,172), and private universities ($29,056), and describes what public-university leaders are doing to control costs at a time of declining government support and rising tuition.

The report also compares the average debt of students who borrowed money to attend public universities ($22,000) and private, four-year institutions ($28,100), and touts the economic advantages of a college diploma.

The most startling assertion of the chart- and fact-filled report may be this: “The average annual cost to care for an infant in a child-care center was higher than one year’s in-state tuition and related fees at a four-year public college in 35 states and the District of Columbia.”

Don’t send your babies to day care, Bottom Line readers. Send them to State U. It’s cheaper.

Return to Top