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10 Best Colleges With the Lowest Average Graduating Debt

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Educational quality is key for parents and students as they zero in on a college. But what makes a school really stand out is its ability to provide a high-quality education at a cost that doesn't require students to rack up debt. In 2015-16, the average sticker price for an in-state, four-year public institution, including tuition, fees, and room and board, rose 3.3%, to $19,548 a year, according to the College Board. The average total cost of attendance at private colleges and for out-of-state students at public colleges rose 3.5%, to $43,921 and $34,031, respectively.

These 10 schools meet both challenges by getting students who borrow out the door with the lowest average debt at graduation among the 300 schools on our list of best college values. Surprisingly, eight out of 10 schools on this list are private universities or private liberal arts colleges. While their sticker price may be high, so is their need-based aid, making the total net cost affordable for families who qualify. Take a look.

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