The 15 Colleges That Offer The Best Value For Your Money

graduate

[credit provider=” LewisandClarkCommunityCollegeviaFlickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewisandclarkcc/4624196903/”]

College is expensive, but if you choose carefully, it really pays off.The new list from PayScale is based on a survey of full-time US employees with bachelors degrees to find out which colleges have the best returns on investment.

PayScale projected the average future income of each school’s graduates. Then it compared the future income to the cost of the college’s tuition.

Not surprisingly, technical schools and Ivies ranked high on the list.

[slideshow]
[slide
permalink=”15-yale-university-1″
title=”#15 Yale University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,164,000

Annual ROI: 10.8%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $207,000

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4c2cc1557f8b9a8a24410600″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”14-university-of-californiaberkley-2″
title=”#14 University of California—Berkley”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,167,000

Annual ROI: 12.9%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $110,000

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dad821e49e2ae126b0e0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”13-worcester-polytechnic-institute-3″
title=”#13 Worcester Polytechnic Institute”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,171,000

Annual ROI: 10.9%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $201,100

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4c3a45497f8b9ad201300300″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”12-lehigh-university-4″
title=”#12 Lehigh University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,198,000

Annual ROI: 11.1%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $194,600

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d26114a49e2ae8f6a440000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”11-babson-college-5″
title=”#11 Babson College”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,240,000

Annual ROI: 11.1%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $199,400

Source: Payscale



image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4c9a4f257f8b9aee785b0700″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”10-university-of-pennsylvania-6″
title=”#10 University of Pennsylvania”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,355,000

Annual ROI: 11.3%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $203,900

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4ba13a927f8b9aa175bb0100″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”9-notre-dame-7″
title=”#9 Notre Dame”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,356,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $194,500

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4ba144897f8b9ae775300900″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”8-harvard-university-8″
title=”#8 Harvard University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,372,000

Annual ROI: 11.4%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $202,600

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d88069949e2ae8778170000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”7-duke-university-9″
title=”#7 Duke University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,419,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $201,300

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4ba144d87f8b9a046f250300″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”6-dartmouth-college-10″
title=”#6 Dartmouth College”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,477,000

Annual ROI: 11.6%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $201,300

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cddb995cadcbb0605160000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”5-stanford-university-11″
title=”#5 Stanford University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,478,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $210,400

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cb8a7e67f8b9aaa69260300″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”4-princeton-university-12″
title=”#4 Princeton University”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,494,000

Annual ROI: 11.7%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $198,700

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cddc6e54bd7c834340a0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”3-mit-13″
title=”#3 MIT”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,518,000

Annual ROI: 11.7%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $210,100

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cb8a4b87f8b9adb5fff0400″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”2-harvey-mudd-college-14″
title=”#2 Harvey Mudd College”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,622,000

Annual ROI: 11.9%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $203,300

Source: Payscale


image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cddc3e14bd7c8b0310b0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”1-caltech-15″
title=”#1 CalTech”
content=”30-year net ROI: $1,713,000

Annual ROI: 12.2%

Total tuition cost (2010 graduates): $198,700

Source: Payscale

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dad82e24bd7c828140b0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”but-where-are-you-going-to-get-the-best-education-16″
title=”But where are you going to get the BEST education?”
content=”The Best Colleges In America >>
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cc05f6dccd1d5fb13010000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[/slideshow]