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.
In 2018, only 30% of all colleges in America made the cut. That’s a significant improvement since 2014, when only 21% were granted Tuition Hero status. You can adjust the criteria in the interactive chart below to see how the percentages changed by sector.
For example, only 26% of 4-Year Public colleges made the cut in 2018. And only 19% of 4-Year Private Not for Profit colleges were granted Tuition Hero status in 2018.
Learn about our methods of granting Tuition Hero status.