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    The high cost of higher education

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

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    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.