Higher Education Inflation Rates by State

We break down each US state's higher education costs and dig into why they are trending way up across the nation.

Nationwide, costs at colleges and universities rose on average 2.5% in 2019. This number is slightly less than the 2.7% cost increase in 2018 and the 3.4% increase in 2017 according to the Higher Education Price Index, or HEPI. HEPI, which started all the way back in 1961, is mostly used to project budget increases colleges and universities will need in order to continue doing business as usual.

As these costs at the schools rise, they directly translate into higher tuition and cost-of-living increases to anyone enrolled within the higher education system. Students in some states were hit much harder than compared to others, with Louisiana topping out with a whopping 106.9% higher education inflation rate over the last 10-year period measured.

10-Year Inflation Rate 10-Year Inflation Rank 5-Year Public Tuition Change - Associates 5-Year Public Tuition Change - Bachelors
Louisiana 106.9% #1 16% 31%  (rank #2)
Arizona 92.4% #2 7% 15%  (rank #30)
Hawaii 80% #3 15% 13%  (rank #37)
Georgia 74.7% #4 12% 8%  (rank #46)
Alabama 72.9% #5 14% 15%  (rank #29)
Colorado 69.3% #6 16% 23%  (rank #11)
California 68.5% #7 0% 9%  (rank #44)
Florida 59.9% #8 2% 0%  (rank #50)
Nevada 58% #9 31% 24%  (rank #9)
Virginia 55.7% #10 15% 22%  (rank #12)
Tennessee 55.5% #11 18% 15%  (rank #34)
West Virginia 52.8% #12 17% 27%  (rank #4)
Oregon 47.7% #13 23% 26%  (rank #6)
North Carolina 45.9% #14 6% 9%  (rank #45)
Oklahoma 44.7% #15 29% 26%  (rank #5)
Rhode Island 44.3% #16 19% 19%  (rank #21)
Alaska 43.1% #17 % 34%  (rank #1)
Mississippi 42.2% #18 32% 25%  (rank #7)
Utah 42.2% #19 13% 16%  (rank #28)
New Hampshire 41.1% #20 9% 15%  (rank #33)
Idaho 40.8% #21 12% 21%  (rank #13)
Kentucky 39.9% #22 22% 18%  (rank #22)
New Mexico 38.7% #23 12% 21%  (rank #14)
Massachusetts 38% #24 24% 24%  (rank #8)
Connecticut 36.9% #25 17% 28%  (rank #3)
Washington 34.9% #26 7% -6%  (rank #51)
South Dakota 34.5% #27 23% 17%  (rank #24)
New York 33% #28 16% 16%  (rank #27)
Delaware 32.8% #29 15% 16%  (rank #25)
Kansas 31.5% #30 19% 11%  (rank #42)
Michigan 30.8% #31 18% 19%  (rank #19)
Texas 30.4% #32 20% 18%  (rank #23)
Vermont 30.1% #33 12% 21%  (rank #15)
Arkansas 30% #34 18% 19%  (rank #17)
Illinois 28.2% #35 18% 11%  (rank #41)
South Carolina 28.1% #36 26% 14%  (rank #36)
Nebraska 26.4% #37 18% 19%  (rank #20)
Pennsylvania 26.1% #38 20% 14%  (rank #35)
Wyoming 25% #39 54% 20%  (rank #16)
Minnesota 23.8% #40 4% 12%  (rank #38)
North Dakota 20.1% #41 19% 24%  (rank #10)
Iowa 19.9% #42 21% 19%  (rank #18)
Wisconsin 18.4% #43 7% 4%  (rank #49)
New Jersey 18.3% #44 18% 12%  (rank #39)
Indiana 16.1% #45 16% 7%  (rank #47)
Maine 14.9% #46 8% 10%  (rank #43)
Maryland 12.8% #47 16% 16%  (rank #26)
Montana 10.9% #48 20% 15%  (rank #32)
Missouri 5.7% #49 23% 7%  (rank #48)
Ohio 5.2% #50 8% 12%  (rank #40)