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The College Ranking That Nobody Wants To Be On

Holding true to the Higher Education Opportunity Act legislation, the Department of Education has started it’s own ranking system for colleges and universities. It is called the College Affordability and Transparency List (or CATL for short).

The government has always asked colleges and universities to report statistical data (including costs) every year through the IPEDS survey (Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System) but this is the first year that the financial data will be made widely available for families to sort through, compare, and contrast based upon specific criteria.

The purpose of this list is aimed at highlighting the schools that have the highest prices AND the highest rate of price increases. Schools at the top of this list for the three year period preceding the release of this list will be required to submit additional reports to the Secretary of Education. From what I understand, over 500 colleges will be required to execute the additional reporting piece this year.

The statistics of the data being presented are a little shocking (maybe even mind-numbing) but numbers don’t lie and usually speak for themselves.  Should you use this data to help you in your college search process? Maybe, but I would probably advise against it. These numbers are already a couple years old and since they provide a statistical average, your individual financial outlook at one of these colleges may actually be better or worse than the average.

Below are a few different categories that I pulled from the CATL report. If you would like to play around with the data and run your own reports or check out your favorite college or university to see where it stands amongst the others, click here to give it a whirl.

4-year Private Schools With The Highest Percentage Increase In Tuition From 2008-2010

Institution State 2007-08 2009-10 % Increase
Wells College NY $17,810 $29,680 67
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture AZ $18,585 $30,100 62
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science CA $7,100 $11,300 59
Sage College of Albany† NY $18,440 $27,790 51
John Dewey College-University Division PR $3,560 $5,000 40
International Baptist College AZ $6,930 $9,660 39
Jamestown College ND $11,535 $16,006 39
Trinity Lutheran College WA $14,170 $19,425 37
Bluefield College VA $13,180 $18,020 37

4-year Public Schools With The Highest Percentage Increase In Tuition From 2008-2010

Institution State 2007-08 2009-10 % Increase
Northern New Mexico College NM $1,668 $2,522 51
Florida State College at Jacksonville FL $1,714 $2,553 49
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus CA $2,906 $4,260 47
Georgia State University GA $5,147 $7,498 46
California State University-East Bay CA $3,345 $4,872 46
California State University-Stanislaus CA $3,330 $4,840 45
California State University-Chico CA $3,690 $5,336 45
Alabama State University AL $4,508 $6,468 43
California State University-Northridge CA $3,350 $4,801 43


4-year Private Schools With The Highest Net Tuition Price (after financial aid)

Institution State Net Price(1)
Art Center College of Design CA $39,672
The New School NY $39,004
School of the Art Institute of Chicago IL $38,965
The Boston Conservatory MA $37,798
California Institute of the Arts CA $36,997
Manhattan School of Music NY $36,208
Rhode Island School of Design RI $35,991
Pratt Institute-Main NY $35,506
Santa Clara University CA $35,245
Northwestern Health Sciences University MN $35,062

4-year Public Schools With The Highest Net Tuition Price (after financial aid)

Institution State Net Price(1)(2)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio TX $24,192
University of Guam GU $23,902
St. Mary’s College of Maryland MD $21,468
Rowan University NJ $19,344
Miami University-Oxford OH $19,305
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus PA $19,056
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona PA $18,878
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College PA $18,857
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus PA $18,786
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks PA $18,048

4-year Private Schools With The Lowest Net Tuition Price (after financial aid)

Institution State Net Price(1)
Universidad Teologica del Caribe PR $82
Talmudical Academy-New Jersey NJ $469
Colegio Pentecostal Mizpa PR $1,776
Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary TX $1,876
John Dewey College-University Division PR $1,956
Turtle Mountain Community College ND $2,031
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce PR $2,208
Southeastern Baptist College MS $2,699
Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem of America NY $2,839
Our Lady of Holy Cross College LA $2,874

4-year Public Schools With The Lowest Net Tuition Price (after financial aid)

Institution State Net Price(1)(2)
Sitting Bull College ND $938
Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico PR $995
South Texas College TX $1,317
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla PR $1,591
The University of Texas-Pan American TX $1,646
Indian River State College FL $2,138
University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon PR $2,345
California State University-Dominguez Hills CA $2,451
California State University-Los Angeles CA $3,263
Elizabeth City State University NC $3,335
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