2.  Columbia University

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  • Total annual cost: $68,405
  • Freshmen with financial aid: 52%

Columbia University is the priciest Ivy League school for the 2016-2017 school year. The annual cost for tuition, fees, room and board here soars above the average $45,370 for private colleges.

But the school gives generous scholarships that average $47,043, and it promises that students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year won't have to pay anything.

First published November 11, 2016: 12:54 PM ET
Source: The total annual cost was analyzed by the Chronicle of Higher Education based on 2016-2017 data from The College Board. Financial aid 2014-2015 data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The total annual cost includes tuition, fees, and room and board for full-time, undergraduates. The share of freshmen with financial aid includes those who received grants and/or scholarships from the school, state or federal government.

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