Several colleges in New England now cost $70,000 — or more

It’s well known that attending a private university in the Northeast is expensive. But the price tag has now risen above $70,000 at some schools.

Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Conn., recently decided to raise the cost for undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board by 3.9 percent for the 2018-2019 academic year — hiking the total cost from $68,970 to $71,660, according to school officials.

“None of us takes this decision lightly, and we understand the contexts in which we and other institutions are asking families to pay such steep costs,” Trinity College president Joanne Berger-Sweeney wrote in a letter to the community last week. “But we must do more.”

Although Trinity is among the first colleges to announce rates for next year, it isn’t the only elite New England school to break the $70,000 threshold. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Tufts University in Medford, Mass., has a comprehensive cost of $70,600, while Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has a hefty price tag of $71,409 (for freshmen, that number rises to $71,827 with additional fees). Meanwhile, Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., can cost up to a whopping $75,700 to attend, and Harvard College can cost up to $73,600 for those without any financial aid.

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Other Boston-area private schools fall shy of the $70,000 price tag — but they ain’t cheap, either.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Boston University’s all-in price totals $67,352, Boston College costs $68,043, and freshmen living on campus at Northeastern University now pay $65,157.

For perspective: The total all-in cost for an on-campus freshman at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst is $28,926 for Massachusetts residents, while the University of Connecticut costs $28,605 for in-state students.