« Social Media Images Can Hurt College Applicants | Main | K-12 Partnerships Encouraged to Improve College Readiness »

Lesser-Known College Lists Shed Light on Costs, Aid

Every fall, U.S. News and World Report's release of its Best Colleges makes a big splash. Lesser known, but helpful to cost-conscious students, is the information contained in The Short List.

As students look to narrow down their choices for college applications this time of year, it's worth taking a look at some of these lists.

Least expensive public colleges for out-of-state students - Led by New Mexico Highlands University with tuition and fees at just $5,328, followed by Peru State College in Nebraska and Southern University in New Orleans.

Least expensive public colleges for in-state students - Bargains found in New Mexico, Georgia, North Carolina, and California.

Least expensive private colleges - Berea College in Kentucky tops the list charging just $910 for tuition and fees for a year. Brigham Young Universities in Idaho, Hawaii, and Provo, Utah, are also listed as good values.

Colleges where students receive the most merit aid - Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., gives 82 percent of its students some merit aid (not linked to financial need). Also, high on the list: Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., and Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va.

Colleges with the highest freshman-retention rates - Columbia University (99 percent), Yale University (99 percent), and University of Chicago (98 percent).

Colleges with the least expensive room and board - The winner was Northwestern Oklahoma State University charging just $3,820 per year.

Schools with the least graduate debt - At Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky, students left on average owing just $3,108. Next on the list was Princeton University, where graduates on average racked up $4,385 in loans.

Nationally, the average student debt is $26,600 for students completing a bachelor's degree, according to the Project on Student Debt.

The latest trends report from the College Board shows the average published price for attending a public, four-year college for in-state was $8,655 for tuition and $9,205 for room and board. Out-of-state students paid an average of $21,706 this year. Total cost of attending a private, nonprofit college is $39,518.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments