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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability
New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list
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10 Least Expensive Private Colleges
January 17, 2012
With the option of financial assistance, some students can afford to look at higher-priced schools. Other students may simply explore private schools that offer a more manageable price from the start. Among the 829 private colleges and universities that reported data to U.S. News in a 2011 survey of undergraduate programs, the average cost of tuition and required fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is $27,340. By comparison, the 10 least expensive private colleges in the country cost an average of $6,115 annually for tuition and fees - down from $7,220 annually the year before.