The $50K Club: 58 Private Colleges Pass a Pricing Milestone

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This article was reported by Scott Carlson, Kathryn Masterson, and Jeffrey Brainard, and written by Mr. Carlson.

For the nation's elite private colleges, $50,000 is fast becoming the new normal.

Fifty-eight private colleges now charge at least that much for tuition, fees, room, and board, a Chronicle analysis of College Board data shows. Last year only five colleges did.

Generous aid packages on some campuses mean that many students pay far less than