America's 10 Priciest Colleges ...that we definitely haven't saved enough for By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Oct 5, 2010 10:30 AM CDT 8 comments Comments Want to study at Sarah Lawrence College? It'll cost you $57,556 ... a year. (AP) (Newser) – Oh, sweet journalistic irony: Forbes releases its list of the country's most expensive colleges, and MarketWatch reports on a Sallie Mae survey released today that finds that, on average, families have saved $48,367 for school by the time their kid leaves for college. (Though, disturbingly, 24% of parents use funds from their retirement accounts to hit that number). How does that stack up to the actual cost? The priciest institutions (figures include annual cost of tuition, room, and board): Sarah Lawrence College, $57,556 Columbia University, $54,385 Bard College, $54,275 Wesleyan University, $53,976 Vanderbilt University, $53,660 Click here for the complete list.