Bates College is the most expensive private, nonprofit college in the U.S., with its $51,300 price tag in 2009-2010 leading a new government list designed to hold schools accountable for costs.
The price for Bates, in Lewiston, included tuition, fees and room plus board. That was followed by Connecticut College in New London, which cost $51,115 for the same expenses and Vermont’s Middlebury College, which charged $50,780, according to the list of college prices released Thursday on a U.S. Department of Education website. The average tuition without room and board for private, nonprofit colleges in 2009-10 was $21,324.
The department is publicizing colleges with the highest and lowest costs, as well as the fastest rising tuition, as part of 2008’s U.S. Higher Education Opportunity Act. Universities are required to report their tuition and their average “net price,” which includes the amount they give in financial aid, said David Bergeron, a deputy assistant secretary.
“For traditional families with students graduating high school, that information is going to be very helpful,” Bergeron said in a conference call with reporters this week.
Counting tuition alone, Columbia University in New York was listed as the most expensive institution in the Ivy League, a group of eight private colleges in the Northeast. It charged $41,316 for tuition, not including room and board, in 2009-10, making it ninth-highest on the list of private nonprofit universities.
The most expensive four-year public university was the main campus of Pennsylvania State University, in State College, which charged state residents $14,416 in tuition. It was followed by the University of Pittsburgh, which charged $14,154, and the University of Vermont in Burlington, which charged $13,554.
The average public university tuition was $6,397.
The most costly for-profit, four-year college on the list was Sanford-Brown College, which provides training in health care and business and is owned by Career Education Corp. Sanford-Brown charged $45,628 in tuition and required fees at its Vienna, Va. campus, according to the education department website. The average cost for for-profit, four-year schools was $15,661 a year.
The next two most expensive for-profit colleges were Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Collins College in Phoenix, both also owned by Career Education, based in Schaumburg, Ill.