20 Prestigious Colleges That Offer An Ugly Return On Your Investment

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We’ve already posted the top 20 schools from Payscale’s ranking of colleges based on how much their graduates earn — the return on investment (ROI).

Now we’re looking at the colleges with a surprisingly bad ROI. These are schools with a wide discrepancy between their rank for ROI and their purported rank for quality of education.

Of course a pay-based list favours bro-ish schools where many grads go into finance, but not all of the dismal schools on this bad-value list are artsy.

#20 University of Chicago

US News rank: #8

Payscale ROI rank: #35

Discrepancy between 'quality' and value ranks: 27

Cost of a degree: $195,800

30-Year Return on Investment: $1,005,500

#18 Washington University in St. Louis

#14 Trinity College

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