Burlington, Vt.- New research is available for when you go to look at schools. The Education Department recently updated its list of affordable colleges, and schools in this area topped the list for highest tuition.
“It will hopefully a worthwhile investment, but it's a huge chunk of cash," said parent Donna Nitzberg.
University of Vermont and University of New Hampshire are top five in the country for public school tuition cost.
UVM was at $15,284 for in-state tuition, $16,422 for UNH.
Some parents including Nitzberg are willing to hurdle that cost for their kids.
"It is important but at the end of the day, you only do this once, and you find a way to pay for it so that your kids get the best education possible," said parent Kevin Seaver.
While the price tag of tuition is important, it's not the only thing that matters. When parents see their kids walk away from school, they want to make sure they've made the right investment.
UVM Director of Student Financial Services Marie Johnson tells families to focus on the net price of the university: tuition plus room, board and fees.
Both Champlain College and Saint Michael's College are private, and are well above the nation's net average.
When you factor in net price, UVM and UNH are much closer to the nation's average net price.
“I try to get families to understand the whole cost of education instead of just looking at it one year at a time," Johnson said,
Another highlight of the report, is the graduation rate for a four year program.
It found Saint Michaels had one of the highest rates in this region with almost 82 percent.
The research from the Department of Education can be found here: http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/
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