Why College Students Should Be Outraged Today, in One GIF

Housing and medical costs have soared over the past 30 years, but their rises are nothing compared to the exploding costs of college, according to price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average college tuition has risen by a whopping 553% since 1984.

Here's a calculation that should help put that figure into perspective. Average tuition at a private university was $30,094 in the 2013–2014 school year, according to the College Board. If in the next 30 years tuition continues its climb, rising by another 553%, average private tuition would grow to an incredible $196,514.

And for public tuition? Students paying in-state tuition would see a rise from an average of $8,893 to $58,071.

The increase in college costs over the past 30 years has been nothing short of breathtaking. The chart above confirms that today's college students face a financial burden that their parents never knew when they were in college.

And it's also a sobering reminder to high school students that college requires careful planning. The college years can be incredibly rewarding. But they come at a rapidly increasing cost.

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h/t American Enterprise Institute

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Chris Walker

Chris heads up interactive content and data visualization at Mic. Previously he blogged about data visualization while traveling around India, and before that he worked on big data applications at Palantir Technologies. Chris grew up in the SF Bay Area and graduated from Stanford. In his free time he's training for a marathon and trying to become a better cook.

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