This just in: college continues to be expensive

The website Campus Grotto recently released its annual list of the 100 most expensive colleges -- and, as in years past, RPI, Union, and Skidmore are on the list (table above).

Both Union and Skidmore have been sliding down the list over the last few years. For 2008-2009, they were both in the top 20.

Other schools in the greater region that also made this year's list: Bard College (#10, $57,580) Bennington College (#27, $56,990), Williams College (#33, $56,770).

Of course, these totals are like the list price on a car -- not everyone ends up paying that. In fact, at a lot of schools, very few students end up paying full price because of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid.

Campus Grotto notes this school year marks a new era -- for the first time a school's total cost has exceeded $60,000. Sarah Lawrence -- #1 on the total cost chart again -- checks in at $61,236.

St. Rose, Siena, Sage, and UAlbany did not make the top 100 list. Their 2012-2013 total cost figures are post jump.

Full undergrad cost info from the schools' websites: St. Rose | Siena | Russell Sage College | UAlbany . Totals do not include books and supplies.

[via @ewabbot]

Earlier on AOA: Capital Region college president compensation

Comments

Siena did not make the list, you have Skidmore in the text of the post.

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

this is astounding on so many levels.

-Sarah Lawrence? really? I think the Yale "brand" carries more of a cachet that Sarah Lawrence and seems a downright bargain, comparatively speaking.
-hopefully none of the smaller liberal arts colleges in this price range teach economics, because the ROI on the cost of their education seems very low. to wit: let's say you were unfortunate enough to fall into the ahem, "sweet" spot of not being able to pay outright for tuition, but you were given a scholarship/grant for half the total amount. So you graduate with your English/sociology/anthropology degree and a loan to the tune of $100, 000. Any chance you'll score a job earning that salary annually? or even half of that, annually?
-at what point does this bubble burst? (again, econ 101) There are a glut of college graduates. There is a scarcity of resources (ie, jobs). How is a 4 year non-specialized degree worth anything anymore, aside from the perceived value? I constantly read studies that show the earning power of a college graduate is exponentially higher than those with just a high school degree, but what about the earning power of a specialized two year degree? A vocational certification or license?
-RPI has to pay for Shirley Jackson's 6 figure raise somehow.

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