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Sound Off: Is a Private College Worth The Cost?

Two New York private colleges make the 10 Most Expensive List. Is that money well spent? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

The top two most expensive private colleges in the nation are in New York, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of expensive colleges. This year's top 10 list includes Columbia University and Vassar College.

Columbia, in Manhattan, is the most expensive at $45,290 for tuition and fees, according to the list.

Vassar comes in second at $44,705.

Room and board are not included in those figures.

What do you think? It that education worth the cost? Did you attend a private college? Vote in the poll below and explain your choice in the comments.

Peace of cake January 31, 2012 at 06:54 PM
What about LIU Post (formally CW Post) coming in at about $42,000 a year
Judy Mottl (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Yes it's worth the cost. The name 'Columbia' opens a lot of doors and draws immediate respect. That can put a student way ahead on their career path. Education is still the best investment anyone can make in themselves and in their children.
Evan Bloom January 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Sure hope so.
Bill M. February 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM
The first 4 years of higher education is very insignificant in comparison to the cost. Save the $$, go to a state school for your BA/BS degree...spend the $$ on the Masters, THAT'S What counts!
Dennis February 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
No way is it worth it....a degree will get you in a door but it's effort and commitment that make people successful. Like everything else today, college costs are out of hand. All to often, parents and their kids wear their college choices as status symbols. Going into massive debt for college is irrational.
majortom1981 February 01, 2012 at 01:30 AM
A private college is not worth it unless you are going to be a doctor or lawyer. Most companies only care about your grades and if its a credible college. Why go to say yale and be $100k+ in loans when you can get the same job and only have $20k to 30k in loans.
Michael Ragan February 01, 2012 at 12:23 PM
You do have to keep in mind that you are paying for the name. Now it depends on what career you eventually plan on pursuing but you have to make sure the return on investment for all that tuition money is really worth it. And the price tag is not necessarily any guarantee of a better education or success in landing a high paying job after college. You can receive a quality education at a much more affordable small college if the line of work you want to get into doesn't rely on what school's name is on your diploma. I went to a public school, a SUNY college. But it's was one of the specialty schools in the SUNY system ... Environmental Science & Forestry. It's just a state school but it's known internationally because the courses of study offered are so speciallized and the school's been at the forefront of environmental studies for 100 years. My major was in engineering & construction management. That department is now the most popular in the entire college due to the recent trend in developing "green" building technologies. And it cost me no more than any other SUNY college when it came to tuition. The point being you don't need to spend alot on tuition to get an incredible education. Shop smart when it comes to choosing a college and choose wisely ... that'll guaranty a high rate of return on that investment.

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