Tuition Heroes Deploys a New Metric for Consistency




Tuition Heroes tracks annual tuition levels (including required fees) for every higher education institution in America and calculates a rolling compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The CAGR provides the year-over-year growth rate of tuition over time and describes the rate at which tuition would have grown if it grew at a steady rate. If an institution’s CAGR is 2.5% or less, they are rewarded Tuition Hero status. We use 2.5% because it is a good approximation of the consumer price index (CPI), and tuition levels shouldn’t be growing faster than the CPI.

Tuition Hero Score

This year, we introduce the Tuition Heroes Score. It’s a calculation of the number of years an institution has been designated a Tuition Heroes compared to the number of years we have granted the award.

We began granting the award in 2014. 2018 will be the fifth year we’ve granted Tuition Hero Status. If an institution has been a Tuition Hero all five years, their Tuition Here Score will be 100%. If they’ve earned it four of the five years, their Score will be 80%.

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