The 9 public universities whose tuition has increased the most since 2000

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Occupy Wall Street demonstrators wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York.
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Reuters/Andrew Burton

Student-loan debt in the US has grown to a staggering $1.3 trillion, and the average 2016 graduate will have to repay more than $37,000.

With that in mind, ProPublica compiled data to demonstrate the soaring rate of tuition increases at public universities since the year 2000. The report found that the average coast of in-state tuition and fees from public colleges has increased a whopping 80% from 2000 to 2014.

Take a look below to see the 9 public colleges where tuition has increased the most since 2000. All figures are represented in 2014 dollars.

Read ProPublica’s interactive report here »

Editor’s note: We removed Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC), after a spokesperson disputed the figures provided, which turned out to have been misreported.


9. Arizona State University – West — 205% increase

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Nicktalk/Wikipedia Commons

Tuition increased from $3,213 to $9,811.


8. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo — 206% increase

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Facebook/California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Tuition increased from $2,917 to $8,918.


7. California State University-San Marcos — 207% increase

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Wikipedia Commons

Tuition increased from $2,337 to $7,169.


6. Arizona State University-Polytechnic —212% increase

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Cygnusloop99/Creative Commons

Tuition increased from $3,146 to $9,811.


5. University of South Carolina-Beaufort — 212% increase

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USCB Facebook

Tuition increased from $3,014 to $9,404.


4. Louisiana State University-Alexandria — 214% increase

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Lsuaexpert/Wiki Commons

Tuition increased from $1,914 to $6,009.


3. Arizona State University-Tempe — 215% increase

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Schwnj/Wiki Commons

Tuition increased from $3,214 to$10,127.


2. University of Arizona — 229% increase

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The University of Arizona/Facebook

Tuition increased from $3,217 to $10,581.


1. Northern New Mexico College — 359% increase

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Northern New Mexico College Facebook

Tuition increased from $885 to $4,060.