Vol. 3, Issue 6November 2011


The Really High Cost of College

The national average tuition and fees at a private four-year college was $27,293 in 2010, according to the College Board. This is significantly more than the average of $7,605 for public four-year colleges and $2,713 for public two-year colleges. But it is a lot less than the cost of attending one of the most-expensive U.S. colleges. According to Forbes, the costliest colleges in 2010-2011 are:

  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.; tuition $45,212; total cost of attendance $58,334

  • University of Chicago; tuition $42,041; total cost $57,590

  • The New School, New York; tuition $37,610; total cost $57,199

  • Washington University, St. Louis; tuition $41,992; total cost $56,930

  • Columbia University, New York; tuition $45,290; total cost $56,681.