SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck for quality education, you could do worse than BYU — the Provo university topped Forbes’ list for the best value colleges in 2019.
According to Forbes, schools are ranked based on quality, net price, debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation and access for low-income students. The list also focuses on public and private schools offering four-year degrees but does not evaluate private for-profit schools.
According to BYU’s website, the private university charges $2,810 per semester for students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Non-member students pay $5,620 per semester. Forbes also notes BYU’s average financial aid is $4,589. Total savings and quality place the university at number one on Forbes’ list.
Other schools rounding out the top five include Princeton University, University of California, Irvine, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Tuition for each of those schools is over $11,000 annually, while Princeton tops out at $47,140 in tuition costs.
Meanwhile, BYU-Idaho ranks at No. 86 on the list and has a much lower average financial aid — $1,539, just over $3,000 less than BYU.
The University of Utah ranks #39 with an in-state tuition cost of $7,697 and $5,416 in average financial aid.
Weber State University falls further behind at #239.
Other schools also received recognition for excellence in certain areas: Harvey Mudd College has the best average annual salary for degree holders, Berea College has the lowest average cost of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree, and Harvard has the highest average on-time graduation rate at 97 percent.
Additionally, College of the Ozarks, Grove City College and Hillsdale College are all tied for the lowest average student debt at $0.