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Most Expensive Colleges in America by Average Net Price

These are the most expensive colleges in America based on average net price paid. Net price is the average amount paid by students after factoring in scholarship and grant financial aid and may be a more accurate estimation of real life costs than published tuition. Discount from list price represents the effective percent discount from published costs that students averaged. Please note that net price varies on a student by student basis based on finanical situation and no financial aid is guaranteed. Southern California Institute of Architecture leads the list with a $46,164 average net price.

Net price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

America's Most Expensive Colleges by Average Net Price
Average Net Price College Discount from List Price
$46,164
Average Net Price
1) Southern California Institute of Architecture
California, Private Not For Profit
24%
$45,587
Average Net Price
2) School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Illinois, Private Not For Profit
30%
$45,180
Average Net Price
3) Ringling College of Art and Design
Florida, Private Not For Profit
27%
$43,457
Average Net Price
4) California Institute of the Arts
California, Private Not For Profit
30%
$43,111
Average Net Price
5) Art Center College of Design
California, Private Not For Profit
28%
$42,834
Average Net Price
6) Beacon College
Florida, Private Not For Profit
14%
$42,821
Average Net Price
7) Southwest University of Visual Arts Albuquerque
New Mexico, Private For Profit
-18%
$42,733
Average Net Price
8) San Francisco Art Institute
California, Private Not For Profit
32%
$42,649
Average Net Price
9) The Boston Conservatory
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
31%
$42,505
Average Net Price
10) The New School
New York, Private Not For Profit
37%
$42,012
Average Net Price
11) Southwest University of Visual Arts Tucson
Arizona, Private For Profit
-14%
$41,619
Average Net Price
12) Berklee College of Music
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
32%
$41,086
Average Net Price
13) The New England Conservatory of Music
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
35%
$40,757
Average Net Price
14) Loyola Marymount University
California, Private Not For Profit
34%
$40,665
Average Net Price
15) West Coast University Orange County
California, Private For Profit
7%
$40,125
Average Net Price
16) Pratt Institute Main
New York, Private Not For Profit
37%
$39,340
Average Net Price
17) School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Massachusetts, Private Not For Profit
32%
$39,299
Average Net Price
18) Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryland, Private Not For Profit
36%
$38,887
Average Net Price
19) Oberlin College
Ohio, Private Not For Profit
45%
$38,590
Average Net Price
20) University of Puget Sound
Washington, Private Not For Profit
37%