10 colleges that are extremely expensive — but worth every penny

These incredibly expensive schools are worth the money

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These incredibly expensive schools are worth the money
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College tuition in the US is more than anywhere else in the world.

With that in mind, Forbes ranked the most expensive colleges it deems worth every penny.

Forbes started with its list of America’s Best Value Colleges – which looked to indicators like post-graduation earnings and on-time graduation rate – and then filtered the list to include only the priciest of the bunch.

Below we’ve included the annual tuition cost for each school and the average annual price students pay, which is reflective of grant money students receive as part of financial aid packages.

Take a look below to see the top 10 schools on the list.


10. Dartmouth College

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Hanover, New Hampshire

Annual tuition: $48,108

Average annual price students pay: $29,597


9. Brown University

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Providence, Rhode Island

Annual tuition: $47,434

Average annual price students pay: $25,005


8. Georgetown University

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Washington, District of Columbia

Annual tuition: $46,744

Average annual price students pay: $27,801


7. Washington and Lee University

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Lexington, Virginia

Annual tuition: $45,617

Average annual price students pay: $23,916


6. Duke University

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Durham, Noth Carolina

Annual tuition: $47,243

Average annual price students pay: $28,058


5. Yale University

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New Haven, Connecticut

Annual tuition: $45,800

Average annual price students pay: $16,743


4. Harvey Mudd College

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Claremont, California

Annual tuition: $48,594

Average annual price students pay: $24,311


3. Stanford University

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Stanford, California

Annual tuition: $45,195

Average annual price students pay: $15,713


2. California Institute of Technology

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Pasadena, California

Annual tuition: $43,362

Average annual price students pay: $25,667


1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Annual tuition: $45,016

Average annual price students pay: $21,816