Where Minnesota's 4-year schools stand on the feds' affordability list

I've begun delving into the recently released federal database of college prices to see where Minnesota stands.

So far, here are the lists on which our four-year colleges and universities appear. (The lists show the most-expensive five percent and least expensive 10 percent in each sector.) Notice that our for-profits are among the least expensive.

(Two-year schools, as well as schools with the highest cost increases will be in later posts.)

You can look up the full lists here and view the various explanatory notes. (Note that the there are a few snags with the data. Several colleges, including Bates, include room and board in their cost estimates, while others don't.)

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Four-year public – Highest net prices

University of Minnesota-Duluth -- $16,081

National Average: $10,747

Most expensive on list: Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio -- $24,192

Least expensive on the list: Christopher Newport University, VA -- $15,948

Four-year private not-for-profit – Highest tuition

Carleton College -- $39,777

National Average: $21,324

Most expensive on list: Bates College, ME -- $51,300

Least expensive on list: Lehigh University, PA -- $38,630


Four-year private not-for-profit – Highest net prices

Northwestern Health Sciences University -- $35,062

Minneapolis College of Art and Design -- $30,527

National Average: $19,009

Most expensive on list: Art Center College of Design, CA -- $39,672

Least expensive on list: Western New England College, MA -- $29,533


Four-year private for-profit -- Lowest net prices

National American University-Roseville -- $12,969

Capella University -- $13,125

National American University-Brooklyn Center -- $14,019

National American University-Bloomington -- $14,739

National Average: $23,057

Most expensive on list: Chamberlain College of Nursing–Addison Campus, IL -- $15,027

Least expensive on list: National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension, SD -- $2,785