U.S. Average Net Price Ranking

The Most Expensive Colleges in America by Average Net Price for 2021

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. California Institute of the Arts leads the list with a $54,594 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
College Net Price Discount
#1 California Institute of the Arts

California, Private

$54,594 18%
#2 Ringling College of Art and Design

Florida, Private

$52,384 21%
#3 The New School

New York, Private

$50,377 29%
#4 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Illinois, Private

$50,167 26%
#5 Jewish Theological Seminary of America

New York, Private

$50,088 33%
#6 Art Center College of Design

California, Private

$47,352 24%
#7 San Francisco Art Institute

California, Private

$47,315 29%
#8 Loyola Marymount University

California, Private

$47,292 29%
#9 New York School of Interior Design

New York, Private

$47,112 5%
#10 The New England Conservatory of Music

Massachusetts, Private

$46,620 31%
#11 Emerson College

Massachusetts, Private

$46,381 33%
#12 Pratt Institute Main

New York, Private

$45,880 33%
#13 Otis College of Art and Design

California, Private

$45,406 30%
#14 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana, Private

$45,356 34%
#15 Beacon College

Florida, Private

$45,346 16%
#16 Savannah College of Art and Design

Georgia, Private

$44,460 20%
#17 American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York, Private

$43,810 21%
#18 Chapman University

California, Private

$43,767 39%
#19 Berklee College of Music

Massachusetts, Private

$43,744 32%
#20 Oberlin College

Ohio, Private

$43,612 42%