Outraged by $50,000 sticker prices for college? That’s so 2009. At least one college has broken the $60,000 barrier this year. And if colleges keep raising tuition the way they have in recent years, several more colleges will cross that psychologically important price line soon.
Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY, tells parents that its total cost of attendance for the 2010-11 academic year is $58,332. But that price includes only tuition, fees, room, board, books and personal expenses, not travel to and from campus, or extra health insurance, which students from families covered by out-of-state plans often have to buy. So the total cost of attendance for many Sarah Lawrence undergraduates from distant states or countries exceeds $60,000.