What Ivy League Colleges Have the Lowest Tuition?


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According to the College Board, Princeton University and Harvard College offer the lowest tuition rates of the eight Ivy League schools. As of 2015, Princeton's tuition and fees totaled $41,820 while tuition and fees at Harvard totaled $43,938. These figures do not include room and board.

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During the 2014-15 school year, Columbia University was the most expensive, charging $51,008 in tuition and fees, almost $10,000 more than the lowest-priced Ivy League tuition. Other Ivy League schools averaged around $47,000 in tuition and fees. Notably, Yale University charged $45,800 for the 2014-15 school year, which is on the lower end of the Ivy League tuition spectrum.

The U.S. Department of Education also ranks higher education costs in terms of average net cost, adding the institution's cost of attendance and subtracting grants and scholarships. Using the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, Harvard ranks lowest in terms of average net cost, coming in at $14,445 per year, followed by Dartmouth at $14,999 and Yale at $18,479. Cornell University averages the highest net cost at $23,684, followed closely by Brown University at $23,127 per year.

However, Columbia still averages high costs with the College Scorecard, charging an average of $21,274. Ironically, Princeton, which offers the lowest Ivy League tuition, is listed at an average yearly cost of $20,040, one of the higher net costs of the Ivy Leagues.

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