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With tax revenues beginning to rebound in most states and endowments on the rebound at many institutions, colleges and universities are growing more hopeful about their financial outlook.

On the whole, college finances have recovered slightly. Yet as the economic recovery has slowed in the past few months, questions remain about the lingering effects of the recession and whether colleges need to be held to a more stringent level of accountability. | Read More »

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123

That's how many colleges in the United States charged over $50,000 for tuition, fees, room, and board in 2011-12.

$42,224

In the academic year 2011-12, that was the average cost to attend a residential private four-year college.

88.7%

That percentage of students paid less than $15,000 in tuition and fees to attend public four-year colleges in 2011-12.

19.6%

State appropriations provided that share of revenue for public four-year institutions in the 2010 fiscal year, a slightly larger share than came from tuition and fees.

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