Tuesday, January 12, 2010

College deals

By Robyn Davis Sekula

A few months ago, we did a post on the most expensive colleges in the U.S. It seems only fair to now post a link to what the Princeton Review is calling the best value colleges for 2010.

I'd like to say as a native Virginian, I'm proud to see University of Virginia topping the public schools list, and Virginia Tech also making the top 10. Why isn't my alma mater, James Madison University, on that same list? No idea.

Here's what the story says about the criteria:

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.

Have a look through the list and see what you think.


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