8 ridiculous things that cost more than a Harvard education

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Graduate college early to cut tuition costs

A college education is anything but inexpensive these days.

Topping the list of schools that can seem completely unaffordable are the Ivy League schools.

It comes as no surprise that a Harvard education is among the most expensive in the world.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average cost of attending Harvard (without financial aid or scholarship) was $60,649 for tuition, room, board and other extraneous fees. Multiply that average by the four years each student is anticipated to graduate in, and you're looking at just shy of a $250K educational experience.

Though the investment in a well-renowned and world-class education is a well-respected and worthwhile one, other investments of this same amount of money may not necessarily seem as sensible.

In fact, some of these are so over the top that you can't help but wonder who would fork over that much cash.

Here are 8 over-the-top experiences and items that cost just as much as a Harvard education:

9 PHOTOS
8 things more expensive than harvard
See Gallery
8 ridiculous things that cost more than a Harvard education

1. A shirt made entirely from gold, commissioned by Indian entrepreneur Datta Phuge

Price: $250,000

Photo credit: Getty

2. This lamp made out of 150 spoons

Price: $250K

Photo credit: Etsy

3. Two private speaking sessions by Sarah Palin

Price: About $115K per speech

Photo credit: Getty

4. The "Amazing Spiderman" original cover

Price: $250K

Photo credit: eBay

5. A seat on Richard Branson's spaceship

Price: $250K a seat to travel to space

Photo credit: Getty

6. About 250 orders of this cupcake, dubbed the most expensive cupcake in the world

Price per cupcake: around $1,127.86

Photo credit: Getty

7. The Fountains Package at Hyde at the Bellagio in Las Vegas 

Price: $250K per package

Photo credit: Getty

8. A framed "Man in Gold Helmet" painting by Rembrandt 

Price: $250K

Photo credit: eBay

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Whether you're spending the money on something that's quickly forgotten as soon as it's purchased (like a cupcake) or an experience that will leave you with a stack of memories that you'll carry with you for the rest of your life (like traveling to space), as long as you're investing in something that means something to you, it's worth it.

SEE ALSO: Here's how to make childcare stop costing as much as college tuition

Though not everyone can justify dropping a quarter of a million dollars on a lamp made out of spoons, anyone can justify investing in items and experiences that will better the quality of our lives.

So whether that means 250 cupcakes or a college degree, it's up to you to decide.

Here are 22 college majors with the highest starting salaries:

23 PHOTOS
22 college majors with the highest starting salaries
See Gallery
8 ridiculous things that cost more than a Harvard education

Median starting pay: $56,900

Median mid-career pay: $99,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +74%

Median starting pay: $57,000

Median mid-career pay: $90,400

% change from starting to mid-career: +59%

Median starting pay: $57,200

Median mid-career pay: $105,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +85%

Median starting pay: $58,900

Median mid-career pay: $88,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +50%

Median starting pay: $59,600

Median mid-career pay: $92,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +55%

Median starting pay: $59,800

Median mid-career pay: $85,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +42%

Median starting pay: $60,800

Median mid-career pay: $119,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +97%

Median starting pay: $61,600

Median mid-career pay: $103,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +68%

Median starting pay: $61,700

Median mid-career pay: $99,800

% change from starting to mid-career: +62%

Median starting pay: $61,900

Median mid-career pay: $97,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +57%

Median starting pay: $62,100

Median mid-career pay: $101,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $63,200

Median mid-career pay: $101,400

% change from starting to mid-career: 60%

Median starting pay: $64,000

Median mid-career pay: $105,100

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $64,100

Median mid-career pay: $113,200

% change from starting to mid-career: +77%

Median starting pay: $64,700

Median mid-career pay: $107,900

% change from starting to mid-career: +67%

Median starting pay: $65,900

Median mid-career pay: $107,900

% change from starting to mid-career: +64%

Median starting pay: $66,500

Median mid-career pay: $113,000

% change from starting to mid-career: +70%

Median starting pay: $66,700

Median mid-career pay: $112,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +69%

Median starting pay: $67,000

Median mid-career pay: $118,800

% change from starting to mid-career: +77%

Median starting pay: $67,300

Median mid-career pay: $108,600

% change from starting to mid-career: +61%

Median starting pay: $69,600

Median mid-career pay: $116,700

% change from starting to mid-career: +68%

Median starting pay: $102,300

Median mid-career pay: $176,300

% change from starting to mid-career: +72%

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

More on AOL.com:
Best part-time jobs for college students
Is college still worth the money?
Colleges making it harder for poor students to earn a degree

Read Full Story
Credit Card Compare

Credit Card Compare

Whether you're looking for great travel rewards or low annual fees, find the card that's right for you.

Compare Now

From Our Partners