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    Top 10 priciest colleges … and the cheapest

    Hold on to your backpack. Here are the most expensive colleges -- and the ones that cost the least, based on tuition and required fees.

    By Bankrate.com

    No matter how much money you've got in your bank account, pricing out a year at college can cause anyone to go into sticker shock. True, it's an investment that pays dividends over a lifetime, but upfront costs are an important consideration for anyone thinking of going to school. Tuition alone can top $30,000 at some private colleges.

    On average, the price of a private college is about four times that of a public university. And while there are plenty of exceptions, good schools can command higher tuition than their less-celebrated peers.

    "Like anything else, it's supply and demand," says Jeff Selingo, business and politics editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. With more students graduating from high school -- and a college degree considered essential to securing a good job -- colleges are able to charge more for their services.

    Just a part of the story

    While the sticker prices are surprising, they're not the full story, says Selingo.

    "Few people actually pay what is advertised," he says. "What also goes into that is federal and state financial aid, college scholarships and institutional aid. There's a lot of money that's immediately deducted from that price."

    Listed below are the most expensive colleges -- as well as those that will make the smallest impact on your pocketbook. All of the figures are based on tuition and required fees charged to first-time, full-time undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities, based on a nine-month academic year of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

    The numbers represent 2004-05 costs gathered by the College Board. Prices for public colleges and universities are for in-state residents.

    Most expensive private schools

    1. Sarah Lawrence College -- Bronxville, N.Y. $32,416
    2. Kenyon College -- Gambier, Ohio $32,170
    3. Trinity College -- Hartford, Conn. $31,940
    4. George Washington University -- Washington, D.C. $31,710
    5. Hamilton College -- Clinton, N.Y. $31,700
    6. Bowdoin College -- Brunswick, Maine $31,656
    7. Wesleyan University -- Middletown, Conn. $31,650
    8. Columbia University -- New York, N.Y. $31,472
    9. Colgate University -- Hamilton, N.Y. $31,440
    10. Pitzer College -- Claremont, Calif. $31,438

    Most expensive public schools

    1. Penn State University -- University Park, Pa. $10,856
    2. University of Pittsburgh -- Pittsburgh, Pa. $10,830
    3. University of Vermont -- Burlington, Vt. $10,226
    4. University of New Hampshire -- Durham, N.H. $9,226
    5. New Jersey Institute of Technology -- Newark, N.J. $9,180
    6. Temple University -- Philadelphia, Pa. $9,102
    7. University of Massachusetts -- Amherst, Mass. $9,008
    8. Rutgers University -- New Brunswick, N.J. $8,564
    9. University of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, Ohio $8,379
    10. Rutgers University -- Newark, N.J. $8,209

    Least expensive private schools

    1. National Hispanic University -- San Jose, Calif. $4,610
    2. Arkansas Baptist College -- Little Rock, Ark. $5,074
    3. Talladega College -- Talladega, Ala. $7,128
    4. Lane College -- Jackson, Tenn. $7,176
    5. Tougaloo College -- Tougaloo, Miss. $8,375
    6. Judson College -- Elgin, Ill. $9,420
    7. Paine College -- Augusta, Ga. $9,624
    8. Augustine College -- Raleigh, N.C. $10,388
    9. Barber-Scotia College -- Concord, N.C. $10,686
    10. Wesleyan College -- Macon, Ga. $10,900

    Least expensive public schools

    1. University of Nevada -- Reno, Nev. $2,682
    2. Florida State University -- Tallahassee, Fla. $2,890
    3. San Diego State University -- San Diego, Calif. $2,936
    4. University of Florida -- Gainesville, Fla. $2,955
    5. Florida Atlantic University -- Boca Raton, Fla. $3,092
    6. Texas A&M University -- Kingsville, Texas $3,109
    7. Florida International University -- Miami, Fla. $3,156
    8. University of South Florida -- Tampa, Fla. $3,167
    9. University of Central Florida -- Orlando, Fla. $3,180
    10. University of Nevada -- Las Vegas, Nev. $3,210


    By Erin Peterson, Bankrate.com
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    6 of 10 of the cheapest schools are in Florida?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan@Sep 7 2005, 03:59 PM
      6 of 10 of the cheapest schools are in Florida?
      I'm guessing either (a) the author has apartment complexes in Florida that he's trying to lease or (B) Florida's lottery money distribution may actually be going to its educational facilities.
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      • #4
        Bankrate.com is based in West Palm...it's a conspiracy.

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        • #5
          Of the Top 10 most expensive privates, I applied to 3, and toured 2 others, and attended one of the most expensive publics. That was an expensive 4 years.
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            I'm surprised Columbia is the only Ivy on the most expensive list.
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            • #7
              I've never even heard of Kenyon College.

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              • #8
                I am sure my grandpa is rolling over in his grave when he sees that where he went to college and the price tag. He went to Bowdoin College.
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                • #9
                  Gup, is there any state that you can't claim some kind of connection to?
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                  • #10
                    I'm suprised Washington U. didn't make the list. I always thought it had the highest tuition in the country, right alongside Emory.

                    And who in their right minds would pay close to $40,000 to go to Kenyon?

                    Edit: US News had Wash U's tuition at 32,104.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lippa@Sep 7 2005, 05:08 PM
                      Gup, is there any state that you can't claim some kind of connection to?
                      I would say Idaho but my sisterisaho, not me. I've been to 45 states already so just a few are left I need to cause mayhem. They are Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota and Rhode Island.
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                      • #12
                        And if I read that correctly, the costs listed do not include room/board.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by King@Sep 7 2005, 04:54 PM
                          And if I read that correctly, the costs listed do not include room/board.
                          They don't....I attend GW and can confirm that.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by backstop@Sep 7 2005, 05:04 PM
                            Bankrate.com is based in West Palm...it's a conspiracy.
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