Best Value Small Colleges Ranking Series for 2016-2017
How Much Does College Cost?*
Average annual tuition, fees, and room and board for in-state undergraduate students at 4-year public institutions
Average annual tuition, fees, and room and board for undergraduate students at private not-for-profit and for-profit institutions
$5,045: 10-year increase, public institutions (30%)
$4,476: 10-year increase, private institutions (13%)
* Source: NCES, 2011-2012 school year
These figures are for four year, undergraduate programs. The average cost of a two year Associate degree, according to the same source, was $8,734 a year. We focus on affordability and value in education. For example, see our top 10 cheap online degrees and reviews of the cheapest online degrees by major. For further exploration by major study area, spend some time exploring these pages:
Value in Online Learning
Online learning is expanding rapidly. Online, or distance learning, has many advantages over campus based, brick and mortar degree programs for many students when it comes to value. One advantage is that many online programs charge the same tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students. Check out our picks for top online colleges of 2014.
30 Best Affordable Online Colleges 2014: Best online schools for your money.
Best Online Colleges 2014: The all-out best in online education.If you study from home, you also save money on transportation, room and board, and some of the fees that are associated with campus learning. There is also considerable flexibility about when to study: You can listen to lectures and do course work on your own schedule without being restricted to the same time-slots that are part of taking classes at a campus, and online degree programs can often be entered at any time of the year without having to wait for the beginning of a semester or term to start. Distance learning also makes it easier for students to have a job while attaining a degrees. All of these factors make distance learning a good value for getting a college education. Here are a few examples of online colleges and their tuition rates.
- Kaplan University: $353 per credit hour regardless of residency.
- Walden University: $580 per credit hour regardless of residency.
- Colorado State University: $289 for in-state resident students and $1243 for out-of-state students per credit hour.