Several colleges in New England now cost $70,000 — or more
A group of graduates posed for a picture during the 2016 Trinity College commencement. The school has announced that undergraduate costs for the 2018-2019 academic year will top $71,000. –Cloe Poisson / Hartford Courant via AP

It’s well known that attending a private university in the Northeast is expensive. But the price tag has now risen above $70,000 at some schools.

Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Conn., recently decided to raise the cost for undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board by 3.9 percent for the 2018-2019 academic year — hiking the total cost from $68,970 to $71,660, according to school officials.

“None of us takes this decision lightly, and we understand the contexts in which we and other institutions are asking families to pay such steep costs,’’ Trinity College president Joanne Berger-Sweeney wrote in a letter to the community last week. “But we must do more.’’