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The high cost of higher education

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Listed prices for on-campus undergraduate freshman for the 2010-2011 school year and the actual average amount paid by students at selected universities.

COLLEGE 2010-2011 listed price2010-2011 true average
Babson$54,666$41,135
Bentley$51,473$35,209
Boston College$54,624$40,109
Boston University$54,836$40,622
Brandeis$54,003$37,368
College of the Holy Cross$52,432$36,715
Harvard$53,950$28,979
MIT$53,210$32,053
Northeastern$51,902$36,180
Smith$54,212$33,961
Tufts$55,000$43,797
Wellesley$54,000$32,640
Williams$54,921$34,554
WPI$52,440$34,700
Average$36,287

Source: National Center for Education Statistics for listed price; Steven Syre calculation for true average.
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