Out-of-State Means Private

It may be a technically a public college, but that doesn’t stop it from being hugely expensive.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that there are now 100 institutions in the United States that charge more than $50,000 a year total for tuition, fees, room, and board.

While 99 of these schools are private, one of them is at least nominally state supported. The University of California at Berkeley is now charging out-of-state undergraduates $50,649 a year for tuition, fees, room, and board. That’ s $75 cheaper than Harvard, the next most expensive school.

Technically tuition at all University of California schools is the same, $22,021 for out-of-state students. It looks like it’s those room and board fees that put Berkeley over the top.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer