The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released its latest Census Bureau data for 2017 that show that the number of students enrolled in school increased by 12% from the previous year, from 6.3 million students to 7.3.
That number also marks a slight increase over the 6.2 million students enrolled during the 2015-16 school year.
The number of high school seniors and those in early elementary and secondary school continued to decrease, as the number remained stable at 9.4 million.
Overall, more than one in five (19%) students in 2017 attended college, with a total enrollment of 3.7 million students.
The report noted that the average tuition cost per year for a two-year associate’s degree was $9,900 in 2017, up from $8,400 in 2016.
Additionally, the cost per credit hour was $4,000 in 2017 compared to $3,600 in 2016, with only a slight difference between bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The average cost of a graduate degree was nearly $35,000, which is an increase from $33,800 in 2016 and $31,900 two years earlier.
However, the number for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees was still very low.
According to the NCES, the average graduate degree costs $15,000 for a four-year program, while a graduate certificate costs $30,000.
The most common college programs are those in physical sciences, accounting, engineering, and health sciences.
The highest cost was for a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, with an average of $34,700.
For a bachelor of science degree, the price was $28,600.
The lowest average cost for a master’s degree, according to the report, was for master’s programs in nursing and social work, with $23,900.
The cost of attending college in 2017 was $34.2 trillion, an increase of 12.4% from 2016, and nearly 2% from 2009.
The report found that the largest share of the total cost of attendance in 2017 is for tuition, with the average cost per student at $26,600 for a college degree.
The average cost was $27,900 for an associate’s or bachelor’s in health sciences, and $30.60 for a degree in nursing, compared to an average cost $31.60 and $33.40 for a nursing degree, respectively.
The largest increase in tuition costs was for associate degrees, with increases of nearly 13% for associate and bachelor degrees.
However the most dramatic increase in costs for graduate degrees occurred in social work.
The price of a master of social work degree increased by nearly 6% from $29,200 to $35.40, while the cost of an associate of social works degree increased almost 19% to $32,800.
The highest cost for attending a graduate program in 2017 ranged from $37,300 for a masters in social services, to $52,900, a 15.9% increase over 2016.
However a graduate of social services degree had the highest cost of tuition at $41,600, up 15.2% from last year.
The largest increases in tuition for bachelor’s programs were for associate bachelor’s, which rose by more than 23% to a bachelor degree, and bachelor of arts degree, which increased by almost 11% to associate degree.
However for the largest decrease in tuition was for doctoral programs, with tuition falling by 9.3% to an associate degree from $55,200 in 2016 to $39,800 this year.