The Most Expensive College in Every State 2020

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The average annual cost of attending a private, four-year college or university climbed from less than $10,000 to more than $43,000 between 1986 and 2018. Even after accounting for inflation, tuition at private colleges and universities has more than doubled.

About 45 million Americans have outstanding student debt, totalling nearly $1.7 trillion — a higher debt burden than credit card debt and auto loan debt. An estimated 62% of the members of the graduating class of 2019 have student loan debt, with an average burden of about $29,000, including both private and public school students.

The average cost to attend a private school is over $19,000 annually. And nearly every state is home to at least one four-year college or university that is much more expensive. Most states have at least one college that costs over $30,000 or even $40,000 per year.

To identify the most expensive college in every state, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to rank all bachelor’s degree-granting schools based on net price — the annual cost of tuition, books, room and board, minus any financial aid — for full-time, first-time degree-seeking undergraduates students who received a grant or scholarship aid for the 2018-19 school year.

The vast majority of schools that rank as the most expensive in their state are private schools. While many of these are liberal arts colleges, several institutions on this list are art schools or music conservatories. Though these schools cost tens of thousands of dollars per year, those with fine arts degrees tend to earn much less than those with other types of college educations. These are the highest and lowest-paying college majors in America.

The Most Expensive College in Every State 2020

RankStatesSchoolAnnual net price
1AlabamaTuskegee University$33,420
2Alaska Alaska Pacific University$20,426
3ArizonaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott$36,962
4ArkansasJohn Brown University$21,912
5CaliforniaCalifornia Institute of the Arts
$54,594
6Colorado University of Denver
$37,263
7ConnecticutQuinnipiac University$41,636
8DelawareWesley College$24,705
9FloridaRingling College of Art and Design$52,384
10GeorgiaSavannah College of Art and Design$44,460
11HawaiiHawaii Pacific University$27,281
12IdahoBoise Bible College$21,315
13IllinoisSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
$50,167
14IndianaRose-Hulman Institute of Technology$45,356
15IowaClarke University $34,424
16KansasCleveland University-Kansas City$35,246
17KentuckyThe Southern Baptist Theological Seminary$26,976
18LouisianaTulane University of Louisiana$40,783
19MaineUniversity of New England$34,198
20MarylandMaryland Institute College of Art$42,750
21MassachusettsThe New England Conservatory of Music$46,620
22MichiganKettering University$39,255
23MinnesotaCarleton College$31,547
24MississippiMillsaps College$24,457
25MissouriConception Seminary College$35,288
26MontanaCarroll College$25,187
27NebraskaCreighton University$32,145
28NevadaChamberlain University-Nevada$34,928
29New HampshireSouthern New Hampshire University$39,743
30New JerseyStevens Institute of Technology$40,770
31New MexicoSouthwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque$36,411
32New YorkThe New School$50,377
33North CarolinaHigh Point University $38,745
34North Dakota:University of Jamestown$19,695
35OhioOberlin College$43,612
36OklahomaOklahoma Wesleyan University$24,501
37OregonPacific Northwest College of Art$37,252
38PennsylvaniaThe University of the Arts$41,658
39Rhode IslandBryant University$40,038
40South CarolinaFurman University$35,621
41South DakotaAugustana University $24,481
42TennesseeBelmont University$36,976
43TexasSouthern Methodist University$40,404
44UtahNeumont College of Computer Science$27,881
45VermontBennington College$38,386
46VirginiaHampden-Sydney College $34,853
47WashingtonWhitman College$41,822
48West Virginia:University of Charleston$21,941
49WisconsinMarquette University$34,120
50WyomingUniversity of Wyoming$12,880

Source: 247 Wallst