The most expensive colleges in America -- really

When it comes to higher education, tuition isn't the only price to pay. When all costs are taken into account, these are the 20 priciest schools in the nation.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 11, 2013 3:17PM

By Kelley Holland, CNBC


CNBC on MSN MoneyLadies and gentlemen, we have a winner.


A dubious one, anyway.


The absolute priciest four-year college education in the country can be had at . . . New York University, according to a new survey.


Image: College student © Stockbyte, Getty ImagesThe analysis by Business Insider ranks the all-in cost of attending college -- not just tuition, but also books, room and board, fees, and late night pizzas.


An earlier analysis, by the Department of Education, ranked NYU 64th among private four-year colleges, but that listing counted just tuition.


Apparently pizza and beer are pricey in New York. Who knew?


College education costs have been rising steadily for years, outpacing inflation.


Between 1982-1983 and 2012-2013, tuition and fees for a private four-year college education rose 167%, and the price tag for a public four-year education climbed 257%, according to the College Board.


NYU is followed closely by Harvey Mudd College, part of California's Claremont Colleges, and Bard College in upstate New York.


The top 20, in descending order of cost for one year, are:


1. New York University, $61,977

2. Harvey Mudd College, $61,760

3. Bard College, $61,446

4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $60,779

5. Sarah Lawrence College, $60,656

6. Wesleyan University, $60,214

7. Dartmouth College, $60,201

8. University of Chicago, $60,039

9. Bard College at Simon's Rock, $60,003

10. Trinity College, $59,860

11. Johns Hopkins University, $59,802

12. Fordham University, $59,802

13. Carnegie Mellon University, $59,632

14. University of Southern California, $59,615

15. Occidental College, $59,592

16. Scripps College, $59,570

17. Oberlin College, $59,474

18. Haverford College, $59,446

19. Pitzer College, $59,416

20. Northwestern University, $54,389


Not surprisingly, student loan debt is also a growing problem, particularly now that Congress has allowed interest rates on student loans to double.


Luckily, Fiske has published its list of colleges that offer the best buys in terms of academics and affordability. The flagship public universities on the list, in no particular order, include the University of Florida, the University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Affordable is relative, however. College Board pegged a moderate budget for the 2012-2013 school year at a public university at more than $22,000, and more than $43,000 for a private institution.


Get your wallet ready.


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