One question, any chance of showing the same graphic with the cost of tuition next to the financial aid?Well, I've just dumped the numbers into Excel — yesterday's on need-based aid plus tuition from here. I adjusted the scale (total aid in 1,000s but tuition in full numbers). There are four relevant tuition rates, undergrad and grad and resident and non-resident.
Click on image to see a view that you can make sense of. And if you prefer the numbers:
Basically, we're a little lower than anybody but Iowa for in-state undergrad, in the middle of the pack for in-state grad, and fourth highest in out-of-state grad, but ridiculously behind in aid. The cost of non-resident grad tuition is a huge problem, for reasons that have to wait for another post.
I'm in a hurry right now and haven't had time to ponder these, but hope this might promote a little discussion. I really want to understand this issue and all of us involved in higher education need to.