Aside from buying a house, paying for college is one of the biggest expenses most people will have in their lives. Whether you pay for it out of pocket or take out a student loan or other financial aid, going to college is expensive. Among the cost of tuition, paying for room and board, and spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on textbooks, nothing comes cheap once you step on campus.
Some of the most expensive colleges in the country are clustered in and around a few big cities. Here are the eight cities with the most expensive institutions of higher learning in the U.S., based on the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.
- Average tuition of the three most expensive schools: $43,637
Thanks to Southern Methodist University cracking the top 20 (it’s No. 16 with $52,498 in tuition and fees), the Dallas area checks in as one of the cities with the most expensive colleges in the country.
Other nearby schools, including Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (No. 56 with $44,760 in average tuition and fees) and the University of Texas-Dallas (No. 111 with $33,654 in tuition and fees) check in further down the list. That keeps Dallas on the affordable side when it comes to paying for college.