Fee jump in US
College tuition and fees climbed once again in the US this year, but the burden was tempered for some students and their families by a jump in federal aid. The average price of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions is $7,605 this school year, a 7.9 per cent increase over last year. At private non-profit colleges and universities, the average price is $27,293, a 4.5 per cent rise. But the federal government gave out $28.2 billion in grants to students in the 2009-10 school year, almost $10 billion more than the previous year.