College sticker prices in Washington region

There are two ways to look at what colleges charge the consumer: the sticker price and the net price.

The first, also known as the published price, is what colleges list as full-time annual tuition and mandatory fees. The second is what families actually pay, factoring in grants and other aid.

Colleges argue, with plenty of reason, that net price is more important. But sticker price shapes public perceptions in a significant way---and in any event, it is for many families identical, close or (arguably) somewhat close to the net price. This week the College Board released a report showing that sticker prices and net prices are up among four-year colleges.

After I filed a story on that report, I came across a nifty database on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Web site that contains College Board sticker price data for specific colleges. (When I drilled down, FYI, I found it was subscriber-only.)

So here is a rundown of the private nonprofit sticker prices in Maryland, Virginia and the District, ranked from highest to lowest, and the same for public four-year schools — all drawn from the Chronicle’s portal of College Board data. Also included are percentage increases from the previous fall. I’m excluding room and board to facilitate comparisons. All public prices are in-state.

It’s worth noting that the annual inflation rate in September was 2 percent. Very few schools had price changes at or below that benchmark. They were Trinity Washington University, Morgan State University, Washington Adventist University, Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary, Sojourner-Douglass College, Virginia Intermont College, Bluefield College, Virginia Union University, Virginia University of Lynchburg, St. Paul’s College and Regent University.

D.C. private

George Washington University $45,780 (up 3.7 percent)

Georgetown University $42,870 (up 3.6%)

American University $39,499 (up 3.8%)

Catholic University of America $36,520 (up 3%)

Corcoran College of Art and Design $30,930 (up 3.3%)

Howard University $22,683 (up 12.5%)

Trinity Washington University $20,710 (up 2%)

Gallaudet University $12,806 (up 6.8%)

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D.C. public

University of the District of Columbia $7,244 (up 3.5 percent)

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Maryland private

St. John’s College $44,954 (up 3 percent)

Johns Hopkins University $44,430 (up 3.9%)

Loyola University Maryland $42,430 (up 3.4%)

Washington College $39,944 (up 3.6%)

Maryland Institute College of Art $39,340 (up 5%)

Goucher College $37,640 (up 3%)

McDaniel College $35,800 (up 2.9%)

Mount St. Mary’s University $32,954 (up 4.5%)

Hood College $32,300 (up 4%)

College of Notre Dame of Maryland $30,850 (up 3.9%)

Stevenson University $25,310 (up 7.1%)

Capitol College $21,696 (up 2.4%)

Washington Adventist University $20,220 (up 0.2%)

Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary $13,580 (down 2.9%)

Sojourner-Douglass College $8,850 (unchanged)

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Maryland public

St. Mary’s College of Maryland $15,013 (up 3.9 percent)

University of Maryland-Baltimore County $9,764 (up 3.1%)

University of Maryland, Baltimore $9,173 (up 2.3%)

University of Maryland, College Park $8,908 (up 2.9%)

Towson University $8,132 (up 2.9%)

Salisbury University $7,700 (up 5%)

University of Baltimore $7,664 (up 2.3%)

Frostburg State University $7,436 (up 4.3%)

Morgan State University $7,012 (up 1.7%)

University of Maryland-Eastern Shore $6,713 (up 3.6%)

Bowie State University $6,639 (up 4.6%)

University of Maryland University College $6,474 (up 3.7%)

Coppin State University $5,720 (up 4.2%)

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Virginia private

University of Richmond $44,210 (up 2.4 percent)

Washington and Lee University $43,362 (up 3.4%)

Hampden-Sydney College $35,570 (up 3.9%)

Roanoke College $34,496 (up 4.9%)

Randolph-Macon College $33,525 (up 3.9%)

Sweet Briar College $32,325 (up 4.0%)

Hollins University $32,075 (up 4.2%)

Lynchburg College $32,005 (up 3.9%)

Randolph College $31,541 (up 3.8%)

Virginia Wesleyan College $30,998 (up 4.4%)

Shenandoah University $28,800 (up 3.1%)

Emory & Henry College $28,122 (up 4.0%)

Mary Baldwin College $28,020 (up 3.9%)

Bridgewater College $28,000 (up 4.7%)

Eastern Mennonite University $27,970 (up 5.9%)

Ferrum College $27,425 (up 4.0%)

Averett University $25,950 (up 6.0%)

Marymount University $25,178 (up 5.0%)

Virginia Intermont College $24,642 (up 0.4%)

Patrick Henry College $24,352 (up 7.0%)

Christendom College $21,600 (up 5.7%)

Jefferson College of Health Sciences  $21,330 (up 8.0%)

Bluefield College $21,060 (up 1.1%)

Liberty University $19,968 (up 4.2%)

Hampton University $19,738 (up 5.0%)

Southern Virginia University $18,900 (up 3.3%)

Regent University $15,510 (up 1.3%)

Virginia Union University $14,630 (unchanged)

Saint Paul’s College $13,160 (down 0.4%)

Virginia University of Lynchburg $9,680 (unchanged) 

Catholic Distance University $9,450 (up 14.3%)

Virginia Baptist College $4,140 (up 3.0%)

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Virginia public

Virginia Military Institute $13,835 (up 4.9 percent)

College of William and Mary $13,570 (up 3.3%)

University of Virginia $12,006 (up 3.7%)

Virginia Tech $10,923 (up 3.9%)

Longwood University $10,890 (up 3.4%)

Christopher Newport University $10,572 (up 4.8%)

Virginia Commonwealth University $9,885 (up 3.9%)

George Mason University $9,620 (up 3.8%)

University of Mary Washington $9,246 (up 5.0%)

James Madison University $8,808 (up 4.3%)

Radford University $8,590 (up 3.2%)

Old Dominion University $8,450 (up 3.8%)

Virginia State University $7,424 (up 4.7%)

Norfolk State University $6,860 (up 2.4%)

Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.

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