I'm a public-school kid through and through, from my kindergarten days to when I received my college diploma, so to me, the latest tuition figures are seriously insane.
Call me crazy, but I just don't think elementary school should cost more than college. Yet that's the reality in Connecticut, where the average yearly bill for private elementary school comes to $13,412, according to data from HowMuch. That's more than $4,000 above the national average of $8,918.
To put that number in perspective, that's more than a year of in-state tuition at the University of Connecticut, which comes in at $11,998 — *and* it's just shy of in-state tuition at the nation's top public college, the University of California, Berkeley, which costs $13,509, reported MarketWatch.
And if you're looking to get a break on cost, you may want to stay away from the Northeast in general, where most of the priciest states are clustered.
Most Expensive Private Elementary School Tuitions (on Average)
1. Connecticut, $13,412
2. Massachusetts, $10,822
3. New Hampshire, $10,773
4. Virginia, $10,755
5. New York, $10,513
Luckily, once you move away from the coast, prices tend to drop, with the Midwest seeing the best prices. Nebraska nabbed the title of most affordable tuition with average costs of $2,643.
Of course, elementary school is just the tip of the iceberg. What's more alarming is that these costs will only increase as your kid moves on to high school and then college (provided he stays on the private school track). The national average for private high-school tuition is $13,524 a year, but $31,413 in Connecticut (and even more in Vermont, at $31,532).
So if you're starting to think of schools for your little one, maybe you want to consider public school. I mean, I think I turned out just fine.