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College presidents can easily net a six-figure salary. In 2013, the median annual pay for a chief executive at a private nonprofit was $436,429 and $428,250 at a public college, according to an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Thirty-four of the 798 presidents in the report earned more than $1 million (only two serve public schools).

Ironically, these institutions have students who hope their education will bring them a fraction of what a college president earns. They have plenty of financial goals too, and paying off their student loan debt is likely one of them. Nearly 70% of those earning bachelor’s degrees in 2014 carried student loan debt, according to The Institute on College Access and Success, and some of that money went toward presidents’ salaries. (You can see how your student loans are impacting your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)

Here are the men and woman — yes, there is only one — who raked in the most money in 2013, the most recent year for which this data was available. Keep in mind these presidents aren’t always the most highly paid at their institutions, as some coaches, administrators and professors can earn millions, too.

10. C.L. Max Nikias

College: University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Salary: $1,422,458
2013-14 tuition & fees: $46,363
Nikias’s salary is the equivalent of 30.68 students’ tuition. The median ratio is 12.06.

9. John E. Sexton

College: New York University, New York City
Salary: $1,452,992
2013-14 tuition & fees: $44,845
Sexton’s salary is the equivalent of 32.4 students’ tuition.

8. Marc Tessier-Levigne

College: Rockefeller University, New York City
Salary: $1,459,267
2013-14 tuition & fees: N/A (offers only advanced research degrees, for which students receive stipends)

7. Ronald J. Daniels

College: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Salary: $1,629,325
2013-14 tuition & fees: $45,970
Daniels’s salary is the equivalent of 35.44 students’ tuition.

6. Scott S. Cowen

College: Tulane University, New Orleans
Salary: $1,634,000
2013-14 tuition & fees: $46,930
Cowen’s salary is the equivalent of 34.82 students’ tuition. He was the president from 1998 through 2014.

5. Nicholas S. Zeppos

College: Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Salary: $2,147,452
2013-14 tuition & fees: $43,368
Zeppos’s salary is the equivalent of 49.52 students’ tuition.

4. Richard M. Joel

College: Yeshiva University, New York City
Salary: $2,503,794
2013-14 tuition & fees: $37,600
Joel’s salary is the equivalent of 66.59 students’ tuition.

3. Nido Qubein

College: High Point University, High Point, N.C.
Salary: $2,909,148
2013-14 tuition & fees: $34,330
Qubein’s salary is the equivalent of 84.74 students’ tuition.

2. Amy Gutmann

College: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Salary: $3,065,746
2013-14 tuition & fees: $45,890
Gutmann’s salary is the equivalent of 66.81 students’ tuition.

1. Lee C. Bollinger

College: Columbia University, New York City
Salary: $4,615,230
2013-14 tuition & fees: $47,511
Bollinger’s salary is the equivalent of 97.14 students’ tuition.

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