The sky-high tuition at these universities is emblematic of a larger increase in college and university tuition across the country in recent decades. From 2002 to 2022, tuition for private universities increased by 134%, according to U.S. News
. Out-of-state tuition at public universities soared 141% within the same time frame, while in-state tuition at public colleges jumped 175%. Coupled with rising inflation
that has increased the price of everyday goods and services, the escalating costs of higher education has made attendance at four-year colleges and universities prohibitively expensive for families without economic means.