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- Attending college is expensive.
- Thankfully, there are dozens of affordable public and private schools that offer financial aid to students in need.
- We compiled the 50 best colleges for your money, according to Niche, with MIT landing the top spot.
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Attending a four-year university requires a long-term financial commitment, which sometimes lasts for decades.
Some families are forced to take out student loans, but they never see a return on their investment. Other families let their children skip college altogether to join a trade school. And according to experts, college tuition is only going to keep rising.
Thankfully, some private universities offer generous financial aid packages, while many states offer financial aid to resident students in need. We looked at Niche.com‘s ranking for the best value schools, which measures value based on tuition, net price (the average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid), and average income of alumni six years after graduating. The schools with only one tuition rate listed are private, and the schools with both in-state and out-of-state tuition are public.
Here are the 50 best colleges in America for your dollar.
50. Michigan Technological University — Houghton, Michigan
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Net price: $17,139
Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $64,700
49. Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, Virginia
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Net price: $18,700
Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $60,500
48. Clarkson University — Potsdam, New York
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Tuition price: $47,950
Net price: $31,050
Median earnings 6 years after graduation: $68,900
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