Photo credit: New York University (@nyuniversity) via Instagram

Photo credit: New York University (@nyuniversity) via Instagram

The cost of attending an institution of higher education is rising every year, with many of the top colleges in the U.S. costing at least $60,000, according to Business Insider. But when considering the valuable skills and knowledge that can be gained in college, the high cost of tuition, fees and housing is likely worth it.

Some of the most expensive schools in America today have proven to be a breeding ground for great minds. For instance, several famous and accomplished people were once students at New York University, such as entertainment super-mogul Russell Simmons.

Here are 5 of the most expensive colleges in the country, according to Business Insider’s Most Expensive Colleges in America list, and some of the most famous individuals who attended.

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