Jan 12, 2010 2:28 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

On a budget? Top 20 best value colleges

The University of Colorado has landed in the Top 5 best value public colleges, named by the Princeton Review.

The selection process took into account a wide range of data that included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. Academic factors included the quality of students the schools attract as measured by admissions credentials as well as how students rated their academic experiences. Cost of attendance factors included tuition, room and board and required fees. Financial aid factors included the average gift aid (grants and scholarships, or free money) awarded to students, the percentage of graduating students who took out loans to pay for school, and the average debt of those students. Also included was survey data on how satisfied students were with the financial aid packages they received.

Top Public Colleges:

1. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)

2. City University of New York - Hunter College (New York, N.Y.)

3. New College of Florida (Sarasota, Fla.)

4. Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.)

5. University of Colorado (Boulder, Colo.)

6. State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton, N.Y.)

7. Univ. of Georgia (Athens, Ga.)

8. Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)

9. Texas A & M University (College Station, Texas)

10. University of Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.)





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