After hearing recently that the cost of attending both Skidmore and Union had crossed the $50k mark, we were curious about how the local colleges stack up when it comes to cost.
So, we looked it up. The list and a few notes are after the jump.
Total cost of one undergrad year
- RPI - $52,160
- Skidmore - $51,196
- Union - $50,439
- Russell Sage College - $37,460
- Siena - $35,280
- St Rose - $31,778
- UAlbany - $15,858
We pulled the numbers from the schools' websites. When calculating the totals we used the cost of the most basic on-campus housing option. We didn't include first-year or transfer fees, nor did we figure in the cost of books or anything like that.
A few notes
+ UAlbany was obviously going to be the cheapest -- it's the only state school on the list. It's out-of-state tuition is closer to the others: $22,118.
+ Very few students pay the full price at a private school. For example, Union reports that the average financial aid package is worth $25,400. (Union also says the cost of educating a student is 28 percent higher than its comprehensive fee.)
+ Skidmore's financial aid process was recently highlighted in Time. Among the details: the average financial aid grant at the school is $28,000.
+ Union and Skidmore have been tagged as being among the most expensive schools in the nation in previous years.
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