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This chart shows the net cost of attending the private and public colleges that have made detailed “no-loan” or “limited-loan” pledges to date, for families with various incomes. The net cost reflects how much students and parents must contribute from sources including income, savings, loans, and work. For a full explanation of how we calculate net cost of attendance, see our statement Calculating Net Cost of Attendance. For more information on the pledges themselves, click on the name of the institution, or see the full list

Clicking once or twice on the income amounts at the top of each column will sort that column in ascending or descending order.

Institution Family Income  Total Cost of Attendance, 2009-10
 $20,000  $40,000  $60,000  $80,000  $120,000  $160,000  $200,000
Emory University $4,500 $6,204 no info no info no info no info no info $52,132
University of Maryland, College Park $2,400 no info no info no info no info no info no info $21,479
Oberlin College $4,400 $6,013 no info no info no info no info no info $54,896
College of William and Mary $0 no info no info no info no info no info no info $22,352
Vassar College $3,300 $4,839 $10,922 no info no info no info no info $54,455
Michigan State University $4,708 no info no info no info no info no info no info $21,548
University of Florida $0 no info no info no info no info no info no info $15,640
Georgia Institute of Technology $2,500 no info no info no info no info no info no info $18,330
Rice University $2,500 $6,180 $12,949 $19,246 no info no info no info $47,160
Indiana University, Bloomington $0 no info no info no info no info no info no info $20,134
California Institute of Technology $4,100 $5,940 $12,530 no info no info no info no info $47,400
Connecticut College $2,100 $4,056 $12,792 no info no info no info no info $54,804
Wesleyan University $4,500 $6,056 no info no info no info no info no info $53,467
Lehigh University $2,250 $4,608 $14,894 no info no info no info no info $51,050
Washington University, St. Louis $3,800 $5,504 no info no info no info no info no info $58,692
North Carolina State University $4,000 no info no info no info no info no info no info $16,028
University of Chicago $4,180 $5,793 $15,274 no info no info no info no info $54,390
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $5,010 no info no info no info no info no info no info $25,654
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor $2,500 no info no info no info no info no info no info $23,721
Tufts University $3,300 no info no info no info no info no info no info $53,130
University of Richmond $2,140 $2,140 no info no info no info no info no info $50,630
University of Tennessee $5,310 $7,392 no info no info no info no info no info $20,780
Arizona State University $5,420 $7,322 $15,002 no info no info no info no info $20,244
Lafayette College $3,500 $5,072 $15,094 $20,895 no info no info no info $52,289
University of Virginia $0 $1,723 no info no info no info no info no info $21,490
University of Arizona $6,450 $8,352 no info no info no info no info no info $20,520
Northwestern University $4,500 $6,113 no info no info no info no info no info $53,984
University of Louisville $4,696 no info no info no info no info no info no info $20,242
Appalachian State University $5,300 no info no info no info no info no info no info $13,751
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill $1,750 $4,239 no info no info no info no info no info $17,424
Yale University $3,800 $3,800 $4,400 $6,467 $15,800 $19,800 $23,800 $51,575
Harvard University $3,700 $3,700 $4,000 $8,000 $16,000 $20,000 $52,000 $52,000
University of California (systemwide) $9,400 $10,943 $17,792 $26,980 $26,985 $26,985 $26,985 $26,985
Williams College** $2,800 $4,459 $11,394 $17,072 $32,759 $50,657 $51,880 $51,880
Amherst College $2,550 $4,209 $11,494 $17,172 $32,859 $50,757 $51,878 $51,878
Columbia University $5,190 $5,190 $12,812 $18,228 $32,967 $49,920 $54,294 $54,294
Swarthmore College $3,260 $4,832 $11,354 $17,155 $32,976 $50,993 $52,185 $52,185
Colby College $2,450 $4,109 $11,476 $17,222 $33,166 $51,183 $51,920 $51,920
Claremont McKenna College $3,350 $5,190 $11,780 $17,612 $33,323 $50,707 $53,035 $53,035
Bowdoin College $3,800 $5,459 $11,826 $17,572 $33,516 $51,533 $52,880 $52,880
Haverford College $3,950 $5,522 $12,044 $17,845 $33,666 $51,683 $53,827 $53,827
Pomona College $3,800 $5,640 $12,230 $18,062 $33,773 $51,157 $51,668 $51,668
Princeton University $4,400 $5,956 $12,292 $18,050 $33,859 $50,620 $50,620 $50,620
Davidson College $4,100 $5,759 $12,261 $18,117 $34,073 $47,400 $47,400 $47,400
Stanford University $4,500 $4,500 $12,930 $15,682 $34,473 $50,992 $50,992 $50,992
Cornell University $4,120 $5,659 $11,742 $20,158 $34,897 no info no info $52,414
University of Pennsylvania $2,500 $5,644 $13,394 $19,195 $35,016 $53,033 $53,250 $53,250
Vanderbilt University $3,200 $5,130 $11,832 $18,196 $35,229 $54,311 $55,368 $55,368
Wellesley College $3,350 $5,009 $13,044 $18,722 $35,434 $52,098 $52,098 $52,098
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $1,900 $3,559 $12,844 $20,422 $36,109 $51,728 $51,728 $51,728
Dartmouth College* $5,150 $6,990 $13,580 $19,657 $36,151 $50,547 $50,547 $52,973
Middlebury College $4,900 $6,513 $13,994 $19,795 $36,359 $52,980 $52,980 $52,980
Brown University $4,850 $4,850 $12,809 $18,500 $36,795 $52,030 $52,030 $52,030
Duke University $3,700 $3,700 $13,861 $20,717 $38,673 $53,390 $53,390 $53,390
Grinnell College $6,700 $8,512 $15,955 $25,430 $47,712 $47,712 $47,712 $47,712

 
*Starting with incoming freshmen in 2011-12, Dartmouth College will re-introduce loans of $2,500 to $5,500 per year for students with family incomes above $75,000. See "Dartmouth Board of Trustees approves measures to close $100 million budget gap."
**Starting with incoming freshmen in 2011-12, Williams College will re-introduce loans at modest levels for students with incomes above a certain threshold. The loan and income limits are still to be determined. See "College retracts no-loans policy in latest budget cuts."

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