Colleges have a tendency of promoting what they want you to know. However, you need to uncover what you need to know!

Selecting a college can be a challenge:

  • Is it a good fit?
  • Does it offer your major?
  • Do you meet the admissions criteria?

Determining which college offers the best value is even more challenging:

  • Are students receiving a high quality education?
  • What’s the graduation rate?
  • Are graduates finding jobs in their field?

And then there are the practical questions:

  • What can you afford?
  • Will you be getting the best bang for your buck?
  • How much will you have to borrow?

Before you select a college, and spend tens of thousands of dollars, know your CollegeValue® rating.

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The CollegeValue® rating system has been compared to using the Kelley Blue Book. What are you willing to pay? Is it a good deal at that price or possibly a lemon? It’s easy to use and requires just two numbers.

STEP 1: Use the link below to the U.S. Department of Education's  College Scorecard and type in the name of the college or university. The first number you will need is the student’s average annual cost or net price. What will one year cost you AFTER scholarships and grants are deducted? Note: You can also obtain your net price from a college's net price calculator, located on their website, or your actual net price from your financial aid award letter. 

STEP 2: The second number you will need is the graduation rate. How successful is that college with students completing their degrees?

Fill those two numbers in and see if that specific college at that price is a good deal for you. And like buying a car, you can’t be afraid to walk away if the numbers just don’t add up!


Net Price is defined as the total cost of attending full time for one year (sticker price) minus all scholarships and grants. Net price can be determined one of three ways:


Graduation Rate is defined as first time, full time students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years. The rate can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard Website or by contacting a college directly.


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