2012 List: The Most Expensive Colleges in America

Department of Education data reveals which universities have the highest and lowest tuition.
Tuition costs are on the rise. (Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder)
Jun 13, 2012
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

The U.S. Department of Education released data this week detailing which American colleges have the highest and lowest tuition. "Unfortunately," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said on a press call, "we are seeing some alarming trends."

The price of tuition at public, four-year universities went up 15 percent from 2008 to 2010 and the net cost climbed 4.6 percent. There is also a significant increase in tuition at the country's private universities.

This data is available at the College Accountability and Transperancy Center and the hope, Duncan says, is that students and parents will be able to easily access the information they need to make smart choices about higher education. "Students need to know up front how much college will actually cost them instead of waiting to find out when the first student loan bill arrives. These lists are a major step forward in unraveling the mystery of higher education pricing."

Students and parents can search for colleges by education sector, tuition and net price. Here is a glimpse at some of the most expensive schools based solely on tuition.

4-Year Public Universities:

  1. Penn State University: $15,250
  2. University of Pittsburgh: $14,936
  3. University of Vermont: $14,066
  4. University of New Hampshire: $13,672
  5. St. Mary's College of Maryland: $13,630

Private 4-Year Not-For-Profit Universities:

  1. Connecticut College: $43,990
  2. Sarah Lawrence College: $43,564
  3. Columbia University: $43,304
  4. Vassar College: $43,190
  5. George Washington University: $42,905

Do you think this data will help parents and students decide which college is right for them? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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