US News (2010) The average costs of a U.S. college education US News, August 24
This is an interactive graph based on figures from the National Center for Educational Statistics for the school year 2007-8 for different types of US college.
The average annual tuition (plus expenses) at a private nonprofit four-year college is about $35,000. Financial aid does not help a great deal at these rates – you still have to find $20,000. For a public four year school, the difference after financial aid is about $8,000 a year – or $32,000 over four years.
Nothing new here, but I do like the graphs! If you like these kind of graphics, see Keith Hampson’s Higher Education Management Group’s posting, College in America (Infographic).