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Department of Education Study Shows Tuition at Private Sector Colleges and Universities Holding Steady While the Rest of Higher Ed Experiences Sharp Increases

Washington, D.C. – A report released by the National Center for Education Statistics detailing the cost of post secondary education shows that the tuition at 4-year private sector colleges and universities (PSCUs) did not increase between academic year 2009-10 and 2010-11.  In comparison, in-state tuition at 4-year public institutions increased by 9%, nearly 6% for out-of-state tuition, and by over 4% at private non-profit institutions.  The tuition at 2-year PSCUs increased by 3%, compared to a 10% increase for in-state tuition and 5% for out-of-state at public institutions.
 
“Our schools continue to deliver high quality and flexible education to millions of Americans without raising tuition because our private sector business model allows us to react to market forces instead of passing the burden of a poor economy onto our students,” said Steve Gunderson, APSCU President and CEO.  “In tough economic times we are working to make education accessible and affordable for all Americans.  We provide a career-based education that gives students real skills, for real jobs, with real incomes, and real opportunities.”

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PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.