Best Value Schools

Regional Colleges (West)

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 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

52.5% $16,155
#2 Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, TX

81.5% $20,839
#3 Carroll College

Helena, MT

63.8% $24,278
#4 Rocky Mountain College

Billings, MT

74.5% $19,948
#5 Corban University

Salem, OR

86.1% $24,001
#6 Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

82.5% $20,051
#7 Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

72.1% $26,632
#8 Howard Payne University

Brownwood, TX

73.6% $19,757
#9 Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

78.7% $25,712
#10 Menlo College

Atherton, CA

66.3% $27,945

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