Tuition at 100 US colleges surpasses $50K

November 9, 2010

100 colleges and universities in the US are charging $50,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board in 2010-11, up from 58 institutions the year before, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of College Board data. This year marks the first time a public institution has made the list -- the University of California at Berkeley is charging out-of-state residents $50,649 for tuition, fees, room, and board. Many students at the most-expensive schools are paying significantly less than the full, published prices, thanks to financial aid. The College Board estimates that the average net price for tuition and other fees at private, 4-year colleges has fallen slightly from the level 5 years ago, when adjusted for inflation, to $21,020 this year. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)