What Do Local Colleges Cost?

Find out what tuition, fees and room and board will cost you for 2012-2013 at a number of suburban Philadelphia school.


The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education this week approved a 3 percent tuition increase for the 14 state schools, including West Chester University for the 2012-13 academic year.

The total tuition cost for a full time, resident undergraduate student will be $6,428. Taking into account additional fees, room and board, the average total cost for a state university is about $16,000, said PASSHE spokesperson Kenn Marshall.

So, what do other local colleges cost?

School Tuition Room & Board Fees Total Haverford College
$43,310 $13,290 $602 $57,202 Bryn Mawr College
$41,260 $13,340 $1,716 $56,316 Villanova University
$42,150 $11,393 $590 $54,133 St. Joseph's University $37,670 $12,824 $574 $51,068 Philadelphia University $31,874 $10,178 $481 $42,533 Rosemont College
$29,500 $11,900 none listed $41,400 Cabrini College
$28,090 $12,100 $845 $41,035

Information pulled from school websites for the 2012-2013 school year.

Lucy Bennett July 18, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Carbini's costs are listed on the table in the article.
Laura Schwartz July 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Montgomery County Community College is +/- $3,000. Of course, the downside is the kids have to continue to live at home......
Catherine July 18, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Sorry, Lucy..I see you did include R&B. I wonder if any other area schools have decreased tuition as well. Interesting to see if that increases enrollment.
Roxborough Area Man July 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
For the savings sending a child to a community college you can get them a crappy student apartment and STILL come out $10,000 or more ahead. Two years at a community college, combined with a State school (why are private schools touted so highly? Is the added expense ((Penn aside)) worth the extra money?)
Anders Back July 20, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Lucy, many of your readers already know that there is a residential, co-ed, associate degree-granting college in their backyard that has a strong career focus and excellent job placement rate for its allied health students. Harcum College has been educating area residents for nearly a century. The Main Line Chamber of Commerce just chose Harcum as its Nonprofit Business of the Year. Several people posting here have expressed concern about tuition costs at the colleges and universities listed. At Harcum, tuition for the 2012 academic year is $9,950 per semester. Full-time enrollment with room(double) and board is $28,500 per year. This is substantially less than any other private institution in the area. Thanks to the Patch for keeping us informed on local events and organizations! Sincerely, Anders Back Director of Marketing HarcumCollege


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