The 15 Colleges That Offer The Best Value For Your Money

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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.

#15 Yale University

30-year net ROI: $1,164,000

Annual ROI: 10.8%

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

Source: Payscale

#14 University of California—Berkley

30-year net ROI: $1,167,000

Annual ROI: 12.9%

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

Source: Payscale

#13 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

30-year net ROI: $1,171,000

Annual ROI: 10.9%

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

Source: Payscale

#12 Lehigh University

30-year net ROI: $1,198,000

Annual ROI: 11.1%

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

Source: Payscale

#11 Babson College

30-year net ROI: $1,240,000

Annual ROI: 11.1%

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

Source: Payscale


#10 University of Pennsylvania

30-year net ROI: $1,355,000

Annual ROI: 11.3%

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

Source: Payscale

#9 Notre Dame

30-year net ROI: $1,356,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

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

Source: Payscale

#8 Harvard University

30-year net ROI: $1,372,000

Annual ROI: 11.4%

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

Source: Payscale

#7 Duke University

30-year net ROI: $1,419,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

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

Source: Payscale

#6 Dartmouth College

30-year net ROI: $1,477,000

Annual ROI: 11.6%

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

Source: Payscale

#5 Stanford University

30-year net ROI: $1,478,000

Annual ROI: 11.5%

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

Source: Payscale

#4 Princeton University

30-year net ROI: $1,494,000

Annual ROI: 11.7%

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

Source: Payscale

#3 MIT

30-year net ROI: $1,518,000

Annual ROI: 11.7%

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

Source: Payscale

#2 Harvey Mudd College

30-year net ROI: $1,622,000

Annual ROI: 11.9%

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

Source: Payscale

#1 CalTech

30-year net ROI: $1,713,000

Annual ROI: 12.2%

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

Source: Payscale

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