About this Indicator
A key indicator of college affordability is whether families can save enough money over time to pay for two-years of full-time enrollment at public two-year institution or four years of full-time enrollment at a public four-year college. Two investment scenarios (10-year vs. 18-year) are shown for a 529 college savings plan that obtains a five percent rate of return. The amounts of monthly savings can be compared with the national average college savings rate, which was $195 per month for a child aged 13-17 in a middle-income family in 2013.
Net price: National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS: Tuition.
Monthly savings: TIAA-CREF. 529 college savings tool.
Note. This calculation assumes the following: average net cost at a public four-year institution for the state’s median family income; 5 percent college cost inflation; no current savings; 5 percent rate of return.
 SallieMae. (2013). How America saves for college 2013. Retrieved from https://www.salliemae.com/assets/Core/how-America-saves/HowAmericaSaves_Report2013.pdf