America's REAL Most Expensive Colleges

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At Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, the sticker price for a term tops $58,000, making it, by some standards, the most expensive college in the U.S.But the tuition and fees figure on a college’s website don’t tell the full story. Some schools, like the notoriously expensive Ivy Leagues, offer generous financial aid packages that offset what a student actually has to pay.

CampusGrotto took a look at which colleges have the highest net prices, meaning meaning the average cost of attendance after scholarships and grants are deducted.

It found that Yale, MIT, and Columbia were among the universities that provide grants that amount to more than two-thirds the total cost of attendance. And Harvard’s grants cover, on average, 79% of the sticker price.

Notably, the average grant at Sarah Lawrence was $31,000 for the 2011-12 school year, meaning that in terms of net price, it’s only the 22nd most expensive school a student can attend.

#20 Fairfield University's net price is $29,874

Fairfield, Conn.

Total cost: $52,790

Average grant: $22,916

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#19 University of Southern California's net price is $29,950

Los Angeles, Calif.

Total cost: $55,384

Average grant: $25,434

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#18 Carnegie Mellon University's net price is $30,242

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Total cost: $54,922

Average grant: $24,680

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#17 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's net price is $30,251

Troy, NY

Total cost: $54,679

Actual cost: $24,428

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#16 Tulane University's net price is $30,594

New Orleans, La.

Total cost: $54,284

Average grant: $23,690

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#15 Boston University's net price is $30,717

Boston, Mass.

Total cost: $54,130

Average grant: $23,413

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#14 Bucknell University's net price is $30,740

Lewisburg, Pa.

Total cost: $54,240

Actual cost: $23,500

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#13 Worcester Polytechnic Institute's net price is $31,188

Worcester, Mass.

Total cost: $51,964

Average grant: $20,776

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#12 Southern Methodist University's net price is $32,643

Dallas, Tex.

Total cost: $52,646

Average grant: $20,003

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#11 Providence College's net price is $32,977

Providence, R.I.

Total cost: $53,115

Average grant: $20,138

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#10 The New School's net price is $33,540

New York, NY

Total cost: $55,890

Average grant: $22,350

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#9 Olin College of Engineering's net price is $33,890*

Needham, Mass.

Total cost: $53,450

Average grant: $19,560

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

*A representative for Olin College let us know that the college gives a half-tuition merit scholarship to all students in good standing for all four years of their undergraduate study. The scholarship is worth $19,500 in 2011-12 for first and second year students.

#8 Loyola University Maryland's net price is $34,430

Baltimore, Md.

Total cost: $52,320

Average grant: $17,890

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#7 Stevens Institute of Technology's net price is $34,682

Hoboken, NJ

Total cost: $54,682

Average grant: $20,000

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#6 New York University's net price is $35,439

New York, NY

Total cost: $56,787

Average grant: $21,348

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#5 Fordham University — Rose Hill's net price is $35,659

Bronx, NY

Total cost: $54,893

Average grant: $19,234

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#4 Fordham University — Lincoln centre's net price is $35,738

New York, NY

Total cost: $54,972

Average grant: $19,234

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#3 Bard College at Simon's Rock's net price is $36,195

Great Barrington, Mass.

Total cost: $55,110

Average grant: $18,915

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#2 American University's net price is $36,271

Washington, DC

Total cost: $51,719

Average grant: $15,448

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

#1 Drexel University's net price is $40,491

Philadelphia, Pa.

Total cost: $55,335

Average grant: $14,844

Methodology: Net price is determined by subtracting the average need-based grant from the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: CampusGrotto

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