An interesting piece from MSN Money took a look at some of the nation's priciest schools, and That School Up North came in at #2 in their not-terribly-official rankings. The piece was interesting, because it was not a recitation of the Yales and Harvards of the world, but rather a list of state, public and non-Ivy private schools that boast some of the stiffest out-of-pocket expenses in the country.
Estimated annual out-of-pocket cost for an out-of-state student to become a skunk-weasel? $39,344.
Here's what the article had to say about the uber-pricey college Up There:
For students who live inside Michigan's borders, the cost of attending this school is a relatively reasonable, $25,848, reports College Navigator.
But for those who hail from other states yet want to bask in the college-town environment of Ann Arbor, Mich., and cheer on the Wolverines' power-packed sports teams, there's a steep price to be paid: $51,976, says College Navigator.
"A lot of big, public schools are in small towns that have this great mystique going – like Ann Arbor," said O'Shaughnessy. "Kids want to go because it seems fun.
"But if you're from, say, the state of Washington, Michigan won't give you much financial aid, so those aren't the schools for you -- unless you want to pay list price."
While several of us agree that M*ch*g*n is a prestigious academic university (God it hurts to admit anything about TSUN is good), this article re-poses the question many folks are starting to ask lately: is a college degree - or at least a degree from an expensive school - worth it anymore?