It’s time to check the couch cushions for spare change because Campus Grotto has released its 6th annual list of the 100 most expensive colleges, and attending any of these schools could cost you more than a pretty penny.
Sarah Lawrence College tops the list for the fifth straight year as the country’s most expensive school, with an annual total cost of $61,236. This figure is a jump of over $2,000 in the past year, and it marks the first year that a school on the list has broken the $60,000 figure.
While many of these institutions saw their total cost of attendance rise, Mount Holyoke College (MHC) intentionally stayed stagnant at $53,596, which caused its rank on the list to drop from #61 last year to #94 in 2012. This was due to a price freeze implemented by the school’s Board of Trustees to grant greater access to students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Denying access to higher education not only drastically undermines the promise of equal opportunity for individuals, it limits prospects for economic growth at the national level,” said MHC President Lynn Pasquerella on the school’s rationale.
Although these colleges are attached to hefty price tags, Campus Grotto advises students against ruling them out solely due to the price. Although this raw number may seem high, it may not truly reflect the actual price a student will pay to attend. Many of the schools on this list offer up to 100% of demonstrated need.
The Top 10 most expensive colleges (2012-2013)
1. Sarah Lawrence College – $61,236
2. New York University – $59,837
3. Harvey Mudd College – $58,913
4. Columbia University – $58,742
5. Wesleyan University – $58,202
6. Claremont McKenna College – $58,065
7. Dartmouth College – $57,996
8. Drexel University – $57,975
9. University of Chicago – $57,711
10. Bard College – $57,580
Click here for a full list.
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