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Best College Value Snapshot: Bowdoin College
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Best College Value Snapshot: Bowdoin College

This liberal arts school's selective admission rate and generous need-based financial aid packages make it a smart choice.
January 3, 2017
Take a Tour of the 300 Best Values in U.S. Colleges
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Take a Tour of the 300 Best Values in U.S. Colleges

Choosing the right school is as much an art as a science.
December 22, 2016
How We Rank the Best College Values
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How We Rank the Best College Values

Our rankings reflect academic quality, as well as cost and financial-aid measures.
December 15, 2016
FAQs on Our Best College Value Rankings
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FAQs on Our Best College Value Rankings

Here are the answers to your questions about how we pick the schools on the list.
December 15, 2016
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10 Great Colleges Where Alumni Earn the Most Money
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10 Great Colleges Where Alumni Earn the Most Money

As the cost of college continues its upward trajectory, the question for many high school students and their cost-conscious parents is not only where …
December 13, 2016
How We Rank the Best College Values
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How We Rank the Best College Values

Our formula: 55% quality measures, 45% financial measures.
December 12, 2016
10 Great Cities for College Grads
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10 Great Cities for College Grads

Cramming for final exams is over and you've got your degree.
November 14, 2016
The University of Wisconsin vs. University of Michigan: Which College Is a Better Value?
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The University of Wisconsin vs. University of Michigan: Which College Is a Better Value?

Alumni, students, and fans will be championing their schools in advance of this weekend's football game. But how do the universities stack up where it…
September 29, 2016
10 Great Colleges That Cost Less Than $20,000
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10 Great Colleges That Cost Less Than $20,000

Today, trying to find a private college with a sticker price of less than $20,000 a year can feel like hunting for a Tiffany diamond at TJ Maxx.
May 22, 2016
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42 Great College Values Still Accepting Students for Fall 2016
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42 Great College Values Still Accepting Students for Fall 2016

Although it's late in the college application process, your son or daughter still has a chance of getting admitted to a quality school.
May 15, 2016
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Who Qualifies for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program?
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Who Qualifies for the Student Loan Forgiveness Program?

You may be eligible after 10 years as a public service worker. But the rules are complicated.
May 9, 2016
10 Great Colleges That Won't Make Students Take Loans
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10 Great Colleges That Won't Make Students Take Loans

The schools on our list of best college values do a great job of reducing their sticker price through generous financial aid awards, limiting debt at …
April 7, 2016
10 Best Colleges With the Lowest Average Graduating Debt
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10 Best Colleges With the Lowest Average Graduating Debt

Educational quality is key for parents and students as they zero in on a college.
February 7, 2016
10 Best Values in U.S. Colleges, 2016
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10 Best Values in U.S. Colleges, 2016

These 10 schools represent the top-scoring schools on our combined rankings, which compare private universities, private liberal arts colleges and pub…
January 30, 2016
10 Best Values in Public Colleges, 2016
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10 Best Values in Public Colleges, 2016

In 2015-16, the average sticker price for in-state students at a four-year public school was $19,548 (including tuition, fees, and room and board), ac…
January 16, 2016
The Value Test: 300 Colleges That Pass
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The Value Test: 300 Colleges That Pass

All the schools on our list, from 1 to 300, are best values.
December 30, 2015
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10 Great Colleges Where Your Kid Can Graduate in 4 Years or Less
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10 Great Colleges Where Your Kid Can Graduate in 4 Years or Less

A strong four-year grad rate is perhaps the single best measure of a college's quality and affordability.
December 22, 2015
FAQs on Our Best College Value Rankings
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FAQs on Our Best College Value Rankings

Here are the answers to your questions about how we pick the schools on the list.
December 17, 2015
Best College Values, 2016
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Best College Values, 2016

We name the 300 best values among public and private schools, based on quality and affordability.
December 17, 2015
How to Interpret the Salary Yardstick
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How to Interpret the Salary Yardstick

A glimpse of what your child's payday may look like a decade after starting college.
December 16, 2015
Small Versus Big Schools: Grinnell College and the University of Central Florida
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Small Versus Big Schools: Grinnell College and the University of Central Florida

When it comes to selecting the right school, value isn't one-size-fits-all.
December 16, 2015
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10 Best College Values, 2015
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10 Best College Values, 2015

For the first time, Kiplinger’s presents a combined ranking of best values in private and public colleges.
December 8, 2015
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Best College Values Matchup: University of Georgia vs. University of Alabama
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Best College Values Matchup: University of Georgia vs. University of Alabama

Alumni and fans will be championing their schools in advance of this weekend's college football showdown. But how do the universities stack up where i…
September 30, 2015
10 Colleges That Don’t Require Student Loans
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10 Colleges That Don’t Require Student Loans

A college or university that includes a liberal allotment of loans in its financial aid package isn’t doing you any favors.
September 6, 2015
10 Best College Values Under $20K a Year
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10 Best College Values Under $20K a Year

The cost of a public college education continues to rise, despite an improving economy.
February 5, 2015
10 Best College Values With the Lowest Graduating Debt
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10 Best College Values With the Lowest Graduating Debt

The cost of a college education continues to rise – and so does the amount that students are borrowing to cover those costs.
January 29, 2015