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St. Mary's College among most expensive; UDC among least

Thursday - 6/30/2011, 6:13am  ET

Colleen Kelleher, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - St. Mary's College of Maryland ranks as the fourth most expensive four-year public college in the nation at $13,234 a year, according to the Education Department.

The department is out with College Affordability and Transparency lists. The lists track costs among the most and least expensive colleges.

Ranking above St. Mary's as the most expensive public schools are Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Vermont.

The national average for a year at a public college is $6,397.

With a yearly tuition of $3,000, the University of the District of Columbia is among the least expensive public, four-year schools. It ranks 23rd in the nation.

George Washington University makes the top eight among the four-year, private not-for-profit schools at nearly $41,655 a year. The most expensive private college is Bates College at $51,300 a year.

St. John's College in Annapolis comes in at No. 18 on the list at $40,342 a year.

The national average for a private, not-for-profit four-year school is $21,324.

Sanford-Brown College in Vienna, Va. ranks as the the most expensive private for-profit, four-year institution with a yearly tuition of $45,628. The Art Institute of Washington in Northern Virginia ranks at No. 15, with a tuition of $27,616 a year.

The national average for private, for-profit schools is $15,661.

National College in Salem, Va. is among the least expensive private, for-profit schools. Tuition there is $8,149. It's No. 11 on the list of the least expensive.

Among the private, for-profit, two-year schools with the highest tuition is Everest College in McLean. It costs $33,600 a year. The national average is $14,344.

The College Affordability and Transparency Center breaks down the costs of other colleges and vocational training programs.

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