Best Values in Private Colleges 2008-09

Despite shrinking endowments, these schools deliver an affordable, high-quality education.

A year or so ago, a host of wealthy private institutions looked deep into their endowments and offered to share more of the wealth with their students. They beefed up financial aid, including replacing loans with grants for students who qualify and expanding aid to families with higher incomes.

Now, with the economy reeling, colleges across the board face shrinking bank balances and the same out-of-sight costs for utilities, construction and staff benefits that have helped keep tuition increases outpacing inflation for the past decade. Not surprisingly, schools with the biggest endowments are among the hardest hit.

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Jane Bennett Clark
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
The late Jane Bennett Clark, who passed away in March 2017, covered all facets of retirement and wrote a bimonthly column that took a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversaw the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheaded the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark graduated from Northwestern University.