It is no secret that SMU and TCU represent two of the higher end, private school educations in Texas.
The cover of one of the previous TCU faculty and staff phone directorys was titled "The Best Country Club in Fort Worth." Not kidding.
Both schools are located in scenic, residential areas in their respective towns. Both are pretty expensive. How expensive is ... incredible.
* Reader's warning - The following figures were gathered this morning from the respective schools; these numbers aren't for the faint of heart.
Cost of undergraduate tuition for 2010-'11 year: $37,230
Cost of SMU room and board: $12,661
Estimated cost to attend SMU as undergraduate this year: $49,891
Estimated cost to earn an undergrad degree from SMU in four years: $201,000*
Cost of undergraduate tuition for 2010-'11 year: $30,000
Cost of TCU room and board: $11,100
Estimated cost to attend TCU as an undergraduate this year: $41,000
Estimated cost to earn an undegrad degree from TCU in four years: $168,000*
* Takes into account modest estimated annual cost of living increaes.
According to earnmydegree.com, the average salary for a person who holds a bachelor's degree is $52,200.
- Mac Engel