The New York State Department of Education released a report on the rising costs in the state of both private and public higher education.  Comparing costs at 44 private institutions between 1953-54 and 1959-60, the study found increases ranging between 8 and 51 percent, the median percentage being 28.  Vassar was among the four schools showing a rise of more than 20 percent: Colgate, 51 percent; Hamilton, 37 percent; New York University, 44 percent; Vassar, 28 percent.  At $2,535, Vassar’s comprehensive fee was at least $350 more than fees at the three other institutions in this group.     The New York Times