Best Value Schools

Regional Colleges (South)

Best Value Schools Methodology

Which colleges and universities offer students the best value? The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2012-2013 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Rank School Percent receiving need-based grants Average cost after receiving grants based on need
#1 John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR

65.0% $18,617
#2 Alice Lloyd College

Pippa Passes, KY

92.1% $11,970
#3 Milligan College

Milligan College, TN

81.6% $19,584
#4 University of the Ozarks

Clarksville, AR

69.5% $19,205
#5 LaGrange College

LaGrange, GA

85.3% $20,820
#6 Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

74.4% $23,513
#7 Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, KY

85.0% $18,971
#8 Bryan College

Dayton, TN

80.4% $17,168
#9 Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, GA

60.6% $21,341
#10 West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, WV

78.8% $21,240

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