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Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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College — What will it cost?

How much will it cost to put your toddler through a top university years from now? Let's put it this way — you may want to sit down before you read on. The chart below assumes total yearly college costs (including tuition, books and housing) will continue to rise at rates similar to the average seen in the past five years.

Washington state community colleges

Now: $13,000

Five years: $16,549

10 years: $21,222

15 years: $27,188

University of Washington

Now: $17,919

Five years: $25,015

10 years: $34,921

15 years: $48,750

Harvard

Now: $46,860

Five years: $61,826

10 years: $ 81,574

15 years: $107,628

Growth rates provided by The College Board in New York. Assumes a 5.1 percent annual growth for community colleges, 6.9 percent annual growth for public universities, and 5.7 percent annual growth for private universities. Figures include inflation.

Current total college-cost figures provided by College Planning Network in Seattle.

Copyright © 2006 The Seattle Times Company

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