10 colleges you should avoid unless your last name is Rockefeller

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This is the sweet little image of academia that cost me over 100K.

The Chronicle of Higher Education released a report of the priciest colleges and universities this year.

My alma mater was #6 on the list with a 4.5% increase in total cost reaching $51, 544 (versus last year’s not very encouraging $49,306).

But if anything, that was the only Ivy school in the mix. Most other renowned, private institutions are charging just as much.  (Maybe I should change the name of this blog to Privately Schooled and Unemployed).

A list of the most expensive schools after the jump!1) Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y.

Total cost (2009-2010): $55,788

Total cost (2008-2009): $54,066

Increase: 3.2%

2) Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Total cost (2009-2010): $52,161

Total cost (2008-2009): $50,700

Increase: 2.9%

3) New York University, New York, N.Y.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,993

Total cost (2008-2009): $50,282

Increase: 3.4%

4) George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,775

Total cost (2008-2009): $50,537

Increase: 2.8%

5) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,690

Total cost (2008-2009): $49,778

Increase: 3.8%

6) Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,544

Total cost (2008-2009): $49,306

Increase: 4.5%

7) Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,432

Total cost (2008-2009): $49,570

Increase: 3.8%

8) Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,400

Total cost (2008-2009): $48,624

Increase: 5.7%

9) Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,329

Total cost (2008-2009): $48,884

Increase: 5%

10) Bates College (Tied), Lewiston, Maine

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,300

Total cost (2008-2009): $49,350

Increase: 4%

10) Vassar College (Tied), Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Total cost (2009-2010): $51,300

Total cost (2008-2009): $49,250

Increase: 4.2%

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13 thoughts on “10 colleges you should avoid unless your last name is Rockefeller

  1. wow. When I went to Columbia (2 years ago), I always thought my education was 40 grand a year. WTF happend? It’s $51.5K now?! That’s $46K more for a total 4 year education – that’s like tacking on a 5th year. I’m sorry for you, my dear younger peers.

  2. PS: Your eggs are worth more than the usual $8K if you graduated from an Ivy League university. Sometimes they are worth over $40K – that’s almost 1 year of tuition! Do ittt….

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