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Williams Edges BC As State's Most Expensive College

BOSTON (CBS) - Even a tepid economy can't prevent college costs from rising well above the rate of inflation, and now some colleges and universities nationwide are charging more than $55,000 a year.

Last year, tuition and fees rose an average of 4.5 percent at private colleges, according to the College Board.

Costs above $50,000 a year are now becoming routine.

The Boston Business Journal reviewed this spring's tuition increases, revealing that at least a dozen local colleges have total costs over $50,000 a year to attend.

Williams College edged out Boston College as the most expensive college to attend in Massachusetts, according to our research, with both having total costs just over $54,500.

On the other end of scale, schools in the UMass system had the lowest all-in costs for the coming academic year at slightly over $20,000.

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports

Read More: Total costs of top area colleges and universities

2011-2012's priciest Massachusetts colleges:

1. Williams College

Total cost, 2011-2012: $54,560.

2. Boston College

Total cost, 2011-2012: $54,528.

3. Tufts University

Total cost, 2011-2012: $54,474.

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