This is a follow up to this post. I decided to use data I know fairly well to illustrate how tuition and fees have changed in the last thirty years, so I used data for the University of Oregon rather than national averages, but these trends are common across states. These figures are adjusted for inflation using the CPI. The nominal tuition and fee statistics are here, and the price deflator used is here (1982-84=100, e.g. the nominal value for 2004-05 is $5,670).
Time periods when the disinvestment in higher education has been the most rapid, around 1981, 1991, and 2001, are evident in the graph.