I got curious about what some of the frequently discussed drama programs now cost because of another discussion and decided to check for myself. This was a quick search over two mornings while I was having my coffee which means I was caffeine-deficient during half of it and hey ... I'm a dumb, sleep-deprived conservatory student; so feel free to add more schools or correct my figures if you have something more accurate and up-to-date.
There is also a mix of 2008'-09 and '09-'10 tuition, room & board, fees, etc. depending on what was available ...
SUNY Purchase - $23,683 out-of-state $15,783 in-state
UM Guthrie - $25,144 out-of-state $21,144 in-state
NCSA - $28,826 out-of-state $16,085 in-state
Rutgers - $31,718 out-of-state $21,504 in-state
CCM - $33,764 out-of-state $19,362 in-state
Otterbein - $33,780
Evansville - $35,426
Chapman - $36,978
DePaul - $38,874
Emerson - $42,339
Juilliard - $46,410
Ithaca - $46,685
Pace - $46,834
UCLA - $47,136 out-of-state $24,357 in-state
CalArts - $48,680
Syracuse - $50,100
Boston U - $53,000
USC - $53,618
CMU - $53,660
NYU - $58,226
Obviously, this doesn't include financial aid and scholarships and some of these schools are typically more generous than others; but if you're middle class, not a top academic student with beaucoup leadership and service, and/or not recognized by NFAA, National Shakes, etc., you can't count on much of that. I'm not saying to not audition for ANY of the more expensive schools because you could get lucky. I'm just suggesting that you might want to mostly stick with the ones you think you might be able to swing without that luck. It breaks my heart to see kids work so hard to get in some of these places and then not be able to afford to attend when they might have done better had they stuck to a less expensive grouping of schools. Happens every year ...
P.S. Looks like they've all gone up since I went through it except for UM Guthrie which is actually a good bit cheaper if that number off their website is correct. Wonder how they pulled that off ...