Cha-Ching: The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the US

At the high end, students are shelling out more for one year of school than other college students pay to earn a four-year degree.

No matter how you look at it, this much is true: Earning a college degree is expensive. But just how much a student forks over for the 2015-2016 school year varies widely, depending on the institution. And on the high end — ouch!

The 10 costliest colleges in the United States are all private, four-year colleges with price tags exceeding $60,000 per year, based on college tuition and fee data compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive, charging students $67,155 for tuition, fees, and room and board for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities in the United States average $9,410 for in-state students and $23,893 for out-of-state students for 2015-2016. Meanwhile, students at private nonprofit colleges will pay about $32,405.

According to The Chronicle, these are the 10 most expensive colleges in America:

  1. Harvey Mudd College, California: $67,155 (including tuition, room and board, and other fees)
  2. Columbia University, New York: $65,860
  3. Sarah Lawrence College, New York: $65,730
  4. New York University, New York: $65,330
  5. University of Chicago, Illinois: $64,965
  6. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Massachusetts: $64,519
  7. Claremont McKenna College, California: $64,325
  8. Scripps College, California: $64,260
  9. Oberlin College, Ohio: $64,224
  10. University of Southern California, California: $64,132

Based on data from The Chronicle, for an in-state student to attend my alma mater, the University of Montana, the total cost is $14,564 per year. Not bad. But out-of-state students are charged $31,454, more than double what the locals pay.

What do you think about the cost of a college education? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

Read Next: Rare Good News About the Cost of College Tuition

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,547 more deals!