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Northwestern just misses ‘most expensive’ list

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Northwestern University failed to make a new list of the most expensive colleges released by the U.S. Department of Education today — but not by much.

Among the five percent of private, non-profit four-year schools included on the federal high-cost list, the lowest charge for tuition and fees for the 2009-10 school year was the $38,630 charged by Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Sixty-three schools charged more than that. Evanston-based Northwestern managed to come in just under the threshold with tuition and fees for 2009-10 of $38,463.

The only Chicago-area school that did make the list was the University of Chicago, which charged $39,381.

Northwestern also failed to make the list for the most expensive net price after subtracting financial aid.

There the threshold for inclusion on the most expensive 5 percent list among private, non-profit four-year schools was the $29,533 charged by Western New England College.

That data is for the 2008-09 school year, when the net cost at Northwestern was $28,371.

The net cost figure only includes students who qualified for some form of financial aid.

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