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Money Mag's list of the 10 most expensive 4-year colleges

NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
edited October 2008 in College Search & Selection
Most expensive: George Washington U: Tuition 2008-2009: $40,437

Second place: Sarah Lawrence College, Tuition 2008-2009: $40,350

Third place: Kenyon College: $40,240

Fourth place: Vassar College, Tuition 2008-2009: $40,210

5th: Bucknell

6th: Carnegie-Mellon

7th: Colgate
8th: Columbia

9th. St. Johns (Annapolis)

10th. Wesleyan
10 most expensive colleges - George Washington University (1) - CNNMoney.com
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Replies to: Money Mag's list of the 10 most expensive 4-year colleges

  • collegeapp09collegeapp09 Registered User Posts: 295 Junior Member
    I'm shocked Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, aren't in the top 10.
  • yournamehereyournamehere Registered User Posts: 1,588 Senior Member
    i thought NYU would definitely be one
  • mephist0mephist0 Registered User Posts: 734 Member
    It's a shame that GW's price does not match up to it's prestige
  • ShesOnHerWayShesOnHerWay Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    Is this just tuition? How about room, board, books etc? You have to look at them all combined. Some colleges have all-in-one fees. Some colleges have high tuition and lower room and board. This list is deceiving.
  • Janelle09Janelle09 Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    Wow, I am applying to 4/10 most expensive colleges...joy.

    But I agree, this list doesn't include all expenses.
  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    I would say it's more meaningless because the difference between the #1 most expensive private school and the #50 most expensive private school is probably ~ 2% of the total cost; not to mention that variances in financial aid packages would make the total comparison much different anyway.
  • researchmavenresearchmaven Registered User Posts: 875 Member
    These ridiculous lists are so misleading. They don't take into account the true sticker price of the schools - the price after financial aid and merit aid. (And yes, they don't include room and board). As one example, GWU was actually on Kiplinger's list of top 50 private school VALUES. GW has fixed tuition for all four years, gives half-tuition merit awards and promises to cover 91% of need. It's important to make college financial decisions AFTER you have been accepted and received your financial packages. Then and only then sit back and do an objective comparison of which are least expensive. Don't fall in love with any one school beforehand but at the same time don't exclude schools simply because of these lists.
  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    Even if you don't qualify for financial aid and don't account for room & board and other expenses, it is doubtful that someone is choosing Wesleyan over Vassar because the former is only #10 at $38,934 tuition per year vs the latter at #4 and $40,210, a difference of 3.17%.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,160 Senior Member
    Do the Ivies still consult one another to maintain relatively equal tuition or did the antitrust complaint of a few years ago do away with that too?
  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    I think it was finally done away with. It was also not even tuition, but maintaining relatively equal financial aid packages as well.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,837 Senior Member
    My son probably makes up in just food (sushi, Mojitos) expense the difference between his Ivy and some of the ones on the above list!
  • ColdWindColdWind - Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    Some schools avoid this list by separating mandatory fees for all students from "tuition".
  • GuiltyBystanderGuiltyBystander Registered User Posts: 1,586 Senior Member
    Well, all need-blind Ivies are very generous with their FinAid, so I reckon they shouldnt be on this list.. Because no one should really have problems paying to go there!
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,837 Senior Member
    ^^ There are plenty of full-pay students at the Ivy schools. My son is one of them. It is a difficult financial load for us, but we chose to do it.
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    ^MOWC - do you pay for your son's sushi dinners and mojitos? Sincere question- no judgment either way.

    What is your impression of the average Penn's student's sense of entitlement? Some comments I heard, was that some of the kids who had financial aid had more discretionary income than those kids paying full freight. In other words, because their family received aid, those families could give their kids more spending money, than those who had to take on the full financial load of tuition etc.
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