The Department of Education just released a list of the most expensive colleges from 2011-2012. While you may not think it’s fair to compare the sticker price for the University of Pittsburgh with the tuition for a private 4-year university such as Harvard, it helps to put things into perspective, especially if you’re part of the middle class struggle for a decent, affordable college education.
Which colleges are the most expensive, and which provide a more economical tuition scale? Like Einstein said, it’s all about relativity. Things to consider in choosing a college include highest tuition, overall highest cost per year, and financial aid opportunities.
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List of most expensive colleges from 2011-2012
Public colleges with highest tuition
1. University of Pittsburgh- $16,132
2. Pennsylvania State University- $15,984
3. University of New Hampshire- $15,250
4. University of Vermont- $14,784
5. Colorado School of Mines- $14,453
Private colleges with highest tuition
1. Columbia University, New York- $45,290
2. Sarah Lawrence College, New York- $45,212
3. Vassar College, New York- $44,705
4. George Washington University, District of Columbia- $44,148
5. Trinity College, Connecticut- $44,070
Public colleges with highest net price
1. Miami University-Oxford, Ohio- $22,210
2. Pennsylvania State University- $21,342
3. University of Guam- $21,296
4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland- $20,521
5. Pennsylvania State University, Altoona- $20,457
Private colleges with highest net price
1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago- $42,882
2. Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida- $40,222
3. The Boston Conservatory- $39,602
4. Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts- $38,814
5. California Institute of the Arts- $38,802
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