The past decade has seen college tuition prices soar at public colleges, with an even steeper increase in student fees. Those fees include the use of campus facilities and operation costs, according to the Washington Post. A similar trend has gone on in private colleges as well: The average cost of tuition and fees at a private, not-for-profit, four-year university in 2015 was $31,231, representing a stark increase, according to CNBC. The college experience has many invaluable benefits, but the return on such a substantial investment remains among the biggest concerns for students and their families to avoid falling into student loan debt.
The data experts at StartClass — a Graphiq site — wanted to see which top-tier colleges paid off the least. To accomplish this, we used our StartClass Rank system to identify the top 100 universities in America. The StartClass Rank is determined based on academic excellence, admissions selectivity, career readiness, financial affordability and expert opinion from U.S. News, Forbes and other credible sources.