College Costs Increase the Most in Consumer Price Index by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 9/9/2013 12:00 am Updated 2 years ago The Consumer Price Index has risen 179 percent since 1980, while college tuition and fees have increased by 893 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 20 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.