Mother Jones - In the 2012-13 school year, first-year, on-campus tuition averaged $43,000 at four-year, private schools and $21,700 at in-state public schools.
It wasn't always like this: The cost of undergraduate education is 12
times higher than it was 35 years ago, far outpacing inflation. While
the indexed price of college tuition and fees skyrocketed by more than
1,122 percent since 1978, the cost of medical care rose less than 600
percent, and the cost of housing and food went up less than 300.