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Most Expensive Colleges in the US


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Tuition at most US colleges is expensive, and getting more so. With the prospect of a lifetime of debt a reality for many students, college price tags are an important consideration in choosing which school to attend.

To help you in your college search, here are the top 10 most expensive four-year not-for-profit colleges – both public and private — according to US News data.

Top 10 Most Expensive Public Colleges 2016-2017

Colleges

State

Tuition & Fees

1. University of Virginia

VA

$45,066

2. Virginia Military Institute

VA

$41,801

3. College of William and Mary

VA

$41,718

4. University of California – San Diego

CA

$41,387

5. University of California – Davis

CA

$40,728

6. University of California – Santa Barbara

CA

$40,704

7. University of Vermont

VT

$40,364

8. University of California – Riverside

CA

$40,263

9. University of California – Santa Cruz

CA

$40,241

10. University of California – Berkeley

CA

$40,191

Top 10 Most Expensive Private Colleges 2016-2017

Colleges

State

Tuition & Fees

1. Harvey Mudd College

CA

$69,717

2. Columbia University

NY

$68,405

3. University of Chicago

IL

$67,584

4. Sarah Lawrence College

NY

$66,990

5. Claremont McKenna College

CA

$66,685

6. Scripps College

CA

$66,664

7. New York University

NY

$66,640

8. University of Southern California

CA

$66,631

9. Darmouth College

NH

$66,579

10. Haverford College

PA

$66,490

How to Utilize This Data

The tuition rates above include the total for tuition and room and board for out-of-state students. Additional student fees are not included. However, also not included is a look at the impact of available scholarships, fellowships and other means of financial aid.

If you’re serious about attending one of the above colleges or universities, you shouldn’t be scared away by the initial sticker price. Before crossing a potential school off your list, look into all avenues of financial aid and rewards, including those offered through the school and those available from outside vendors.

You can also contact the school’s financial aid office to get a better sense of what students from different income families are actually paying each year and how likely you are to receive a substantial financial aid packet.

Whatever college you choose to attend, be aware of the cost of tuition when applying to colleges and develop a realistic financial plan for your future to help make sure that you avoid unnecessary college debt.

Hopefully, the most expensive colleges in the US will soon find a way to reduce costs in the near future. In the meantime, all prospective college students must still seriously consider the cost of tuition when choosing a college.



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