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Boston-area colleges and universities see an average 3.4 increase in tuition costs

Northeastern University

By Mary Moore

A sampling of 11 Boston-area colleges and universities showed an average 3.4 increase in tuition, fees, room and board for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Of the 11, Northeastern University undergraduates will see the biggest increase — a 4 percent increase year-over-year.

Undergrads at Northeastern will pay $57,490 in tuition, fees, room and board for the 2014-2015 school year compared to $55,228 in the current academic year.

Harvard University and Tufts University are not far behind in terms of increases: Students at both universities will see increases of 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Tufts University is an example of schools that are shooting past the $60,000 mark in tuition, fees, room and board. Tufts undergraduates will pay a $61,277 all-in tuition bill in the next school year. And they will see one of the largest increases in their bills, too – a 3.9 percent hike, comparing this year’s tab to next.

Despite the high price tag and big year-over-year increase, Tufts is worth it, said one local higher education consultant.

“Tufts is still a good value as a major research university and it’s not entirely out of line with out of line with other research universities of its profiles,” said James Samels, president and CEO of the Education Alliance, a higher education consulting firm based in Natick. “The real danger with tuition is among the small tuition-dependent schools.”

All-in tuition costs at Boston College and Boston University for the 2014-2015 academic year are not far behind Tufts – they will charge $60,622 and 60,694, respectively.

Students at Harvard University will pay $58,607 for all-in tuition compared to $56,407 this school year.

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