In all the discussion about college pricing certain themes show up again and again. Tuition increases at twice the rate of inflation. Tuition at both public and private colleges is increasing rapidly. Total costs at some schools now reach almost $60,000.

But how much do most people really pay for college?

Check out this chart from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Those numbers still look pretty big to me, but, as Jonathan Robe over at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity summarizes “54 percent of full-time undergraduates at four-year public colleges attend institutions where tuition and fees is less than $12,000.”

The average private college student, however, pays more than $18,000 in tuition.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer