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10 Most Expensive Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

It is expensive to study at universities and colleges in the U.S. unless students get some form of scholarship and financial aid.

For international students it will be even more very expensive, since they have to pay out-of-State tuition fees.

CNN has published a listing of the 10 most expensive colleges in the U.S. and the figures listed are for undergraduate programs only, based on tuition fees.

The expenses listed don’t include living expense and other fees.

1) George Washington University

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tuition 2008-2009: $40,437
  • Tuition 2007-2008: $39,240

6) Carnegie Mellon University

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tuition 2008-2009: $39,564
  • Tuition 2007-2008: $37,352

10) Wesleyan University

  • Middletown, Connecticut
  • Tuition 2008-2009: $38,934
  • Tuition 2007-2008: $37,106

I have listed 3 universities that are ranked Number 1, 6 and 10 in the order of most expensive schools and universities in the U.S.

For details on the other expensive universities, just visit the source.

Also, note how tuition fees have increased over the last year. Some colleges have fees raised by 8%, which is a huge amount.

When I started studying for my master’s degree, for first semester, I paid around $4,100 out of State fees, including tuition, health insurance and other fees.

However, during the last semester of my studies, I paid around $5,500. That’s a $1,400 increase in just 2 years.

Some students try to take cheaper student health insurance, since the health coverage benefits provided by the college will be around $500 to $600 per semester, and outside you can purchase for only $30 per month.

Some universities, though, require students to have health insurance provided by the school and it will be mandatory.


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  1. It's amazing look after the cost of semester fee in USA top expensive University. It is indeed that a student who live in 3rd world it is quite impossible for his to carry on this lavish fee. So my suggestion that mandatory schlorship for 3rd world bright students for varies field, even fundamantal science subjects.

  2. University of Washington is still more costlier.

    Out state fee is $7,710 a semester.

    Instate fee is $2,280.

    This Washington state doesn't have residential fee.

    After marriage if a wife stays in that state for 1 year they could enjoy this residential fee.

    but only in Washington state its like this.

    George Washington University is lot better.

  3. I agree with the cost estimates. My son went to George Washington University (1998 – 2002). Having lived in the U.S. for 46 years (1960 – 2006), I have noticed the change is cost of living. My semester fee as a full-time student at Kansas State University was $154.00 classified as a in-state student because of cooperative arrangement with Osmania Univ. College of Agriculture.

    I suggest students look into Sweden for Master's and Ph.D. degrees as the quality of education is fine and reportedly there is no tuition fee for postgraduate studies. Bottom line, U.S. education at the right schhol is good, but it will be expensive.

    Dean M. Habeeb Ghatala

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