Tuition increases for college are on the rise but government subsidies and aid from schools are helping to curb the climbing costs. Net tuition rose this year to $1,540 at a public four-year college and $11,320 at private colleges, but that’s below what students paid five years ago. Grant aid per full-time undergraduate student increased by an estimated 22 percent from 2008-2009, and federal loans increased 9 percent. Though as federal spending is increasing, state funding is going down—per-student state spending on higher education dropped nearly 9 percent in 2009-2009, and another 5 percent in 2009-2010. "Just when Americans need college the most, many are finding it increasingly difficult to afford," said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.