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The Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in the U.S.

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at the end of 2018, the outstanding student loan debt reached $1.46 trillion, rising $15 billion from the previous data. Worse than that, 11.4% of student debt was ninety days or more delinquent or in default. That doesn’t even account for half the loans in deferment, grace periods, or forbearance, which usually end up delinquent, too.

Earning a degree without student debt is what many would consider unrealistic, but it may not be.

Here at EduRef, we have compiled a list of the cheapest colleges in an effort to help you in your goal of graduating with a high-quality degree and little to no debt. The affordability score we offer also considers other costs of living because tuition is not the only necessary expenditure you will need to pay for.

So, even though we can present the high quality cheapest options for you, it is still up to you to make the right lifestyle choices during college to keep yourself out of debt. Low-cost college experiences result from careful planning, good grades, deciding what “luxuries” you will go without, learning which grants are available in your state, and zealously applying for scholarships for which you may qualify.

These lifestyle choices may be hard to make, but our rankings can at least get you started in the right direction. Anyone who has graduated with debt will tell you how it feels to have that heavy burden without an immediate way to pay it off. It is a long-term sentence. In contrast, the freedom of being debt-free is incredible and allows you to live a more full and happy life.

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Ranking Methodology | Cheapest Online Colleges Rankings

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Rankings

EduRef.net cheapest colleges ranking is based on:

  • Average Net Price
  • 4-year Graduation Rates

Instead of solely ranking schools based on cost, we wanted to choose schools from which students would be more likely to graduate.

Each school considered for this ranking was given a score and a ranking based on the average net price and graduation rate. Scores were then combined to create an overall ranking and score with 100 being the highest score and a ranking of #1 as the highest possible ranking in each category and overall ranking.

Along with average net price and graduation rates, we have also gathered other information important to students such as the percentage of students that recieve finanical aid, which can help students estimate their financial responsibility, retention rate, which can indicate student satisfaction and salaries after attending so students can have an idea of how much they can expect to earn after attending a given school.

All data was gathered from NCES.ed.gov and College Scorecard. All other information was gathered from school websites and other ranking sites such as EDsmart.org, US News & World Report and Niche.com.

Top 50 Most Affordable Colleges in the U.S.

1. Berea College

Score: 100.0
Average Net Price: $1,298
Graduation Rate: 64%
Financial Aid: 100%
Retention Rate: 82%
Salary After Attending: $33,700

Berea College opened in 1855 in Berea, Kentucky and is set on 140 rural acres in the Appalachian area. Considered a small school, Berea is a private college with an annual enrollment of approximately 1,600 to 1,700 undergraduates and 35% of applicants are accepted. Berea follows a traditional semester calendar where Biology, Psychology and Information Science are popularly chosen fields of study. Students do not pay tuition but are required to work 10 hours per week, either on campus or in the community. There is no application fee and 100% of students are awarded financial aid. As one of many cheap schools around the nation, Berea is among the most affordable because of the tuition policy. Fees, books, room and board run, on average, $7,200 per year. Berea has a graduation rate of 66% who earn entry salaries of $25K per year and $33K at 6-years post-graduation. Alumni report full employment rates of 92% at 2-years, post college. The Berea Mountaineers play in the NCAA III of the USA South Athletic Conference.

Berea was the first college in the South to be integrated and to accept co-eds. All first-year students at Berea are given a laptop to help with their study requirements. Students accepted to Berea excel academically but lack the financial ability to attend college. Berea’s focus is to ensure equal access to post-secondary education in the impoverished Appalachian region. The mission at Berea is to develop and graduate leaders who are prepared to serve the Appalachian community and the world. A Christian-based college, students who are unmarried or not a parent and under age 23 must live on campus. Famous alumni include Nobel Prize receiver, John Bennett Fenn, awarded the prize in chemistry.

2. South Georgia Technical College

Score: 98.6
Average Net Price: $1,602
Graduation Rate: 54%
Financial Aid: 96%
Retention Rate: 67%
Salary After Attending: $23,400

South Georgia Technical College is located in rural Americus, Georgia and was established in 1948. All freshmen live on campus and SGTC is one of only two technical schools in Georgia to offer on-campus living. South Georgia has an annual enrollment of 900, on average. With the schools open admissions, 100% of applicants are accepted and pay a $25 application fee. Right at 95% of all students receive financial aid. South Georgia was voted one of the best Culinary Arts Schools in America and offers evening degree programs. In-state fees and tuition average $2,800 per year and out-of-state students will pay $5,000, annually, making SGTC one of the cheap schools offering an excellent education at an affordable price. Majors popular among SGTC students include: Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice and Data Processing. The student to faculty ratio averages 16-1. South Georgia has a graduation rate of 59% who report starting salaries of $20K and $23K, 6-years after graduation. Employment rates at 2-year post college are reported to be 81%. The SGTC Jets compete in the NJCAA Division I.

South Georgia Technical College is a public technical training school focused on providing industry-specific certificates and educational opportunities. SGTC follows a traditional semester calendar and offers associates degrees or certificates in 16 different occupations. Distance learning and lifelong job placement services help students to pursue further advancement and career success. South Georgia Tech has long-standing partnerships with John Deere, Kauffman Tire and Georgia Power, to name a few, offering students real-world training opportunities. As part of the GI Jobs Military Friendly Network, SGTC offers training opportunities to prepare veterans for life after the military.

3. Albany Technical College

Score: 98
Average Net Price: $1,033
Graduation Rate: 38%
Financial Aid: 93%
Retention Rate: 52%
Salary After Attending: $21,700

Located in Albany, Georgia, Albany Technical College sees an annual enrollment of 3,100 students. All applicants are accepted and pay an application fee of $25. About 95% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,500 for resident students and $5,700 for students with out-of-state residency. ATC follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Students can earn degrees and certificates in 15 programs, including popular choices such as: Law Enforcement, Firefighting Services and Business. Evening degree programs are offered. Albany Tech has a graduation rate of 39% and alumni report starting salaries of $19K and annual salaries of $22K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-college. The ATC Titans play in NJCAA Division I.

Albany Technical College offers distance learning options, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Starting as Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School in 1961, it was officially renamed Albany Technical College in June of 2000. As part of the publicly-funded Technical College System of Georgia, ATC is mandated to provide technical training and educational opportunities for the surrounding seven counties. The focus of Albany Technical College is to provide local industry with graduates prepared to be an adaptable part of an ever-changing workforce.

4. College of San Mateo

Score: 97.2
Average Net Price: $1,521
Graduation Rate: 38%
Financial Aid: 47%
Retention Rate: 71%
Salary After Attending: $40,700

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Mateo, the College of San Mateo is a small college with an average enrollment of 9,300 students, overall. Using a traditional semester calendar, San Mateo has an acceptance rate of 100% with 33% receiving financial aid. Applicants do not pay an application fee. Majors include: Fire Fighting, Marketing and Law Enforcement with 41% of students earning associate degrees. Class ratios between students and faculty average 29-1 and evening degree programs are offered. Alumni earn starting salaries of $29K per year and at 6-years post-college report earnings of $41K, annually. Full employment at 2 years is 82%. The Bulldogs compete in the CCCAA Athletic Division.

At the College of San Mateo, credit is given for life experience along with other services such as distance learning, employment services and daycare. As part of Silicon Valley, CSM was founded in 1922 and sets on 153 wooded acres overlooking San Francisco Bay. Geared toward equitable educational access, College of San Mateo is an inclusive educational community which is committed to addressing the needs of the San Mateo area. Classroom learning is enhanced with leadership development, student government and numerous multi-cultural experiences.

5. CUNY Lehman College

Score: 96.4
Average Net Price: $1,886
Graduation Rate: 45%
Financial Aid: 90%
Retention Rate: 84%
Salary After Attending: $43,100 

City University of New York-Lehman’s College was established in 1968 as a public university, in the Bronx section of New York City, and is set on 37 urban acres. A mid-size school, CUNY-LC enrolls approximately 14,000 students per year who follow a traditional semester calendar while earning degrees in areas such as Sociology, Business and Nursing. Acceptance to Lehman is competitive at 35% of applicants with 88% of those students accepting financial aid. Tuition and fees average, annually, $7,300 for in-state residents and $15,000 for out-of-state students. Tuition at Lehman is one of the lowest in the CUNY system and considered a great educational value. Student to faculty ratio is 16-1 with an average class size of 13. Lehman College does not offer evening degree programs. Lehman graduates around 46% of students. Alumni report beginning salaries of $34K per year and $43K 6-years after college. Full employment at 2-years post-graduation is approximately 90%. The CUNY-LC Lightning Bugs play in the NCAA III in the City University of New York Conference.

The faculty at Lehman College is experienced and knowledgeable in their fields and includes the US Poet Laureate of 2001-2003, many globally regarded scientists and a composer who won an Oscar. The teacher education program at Lehman was recently acknowledged for its excellence in achievement and the freshmen programs at CUNY-LC are well-organized with superior support services. Lehman offers 90 bachelor and master’s programs and is on the rise.

6. Wytheville Community College

Score: 96.4
Average Net Price: $1,866
Graduation Rate: 43%
Financial Aid: 94%
Retention Rate: 64%
Salary After Attending: $27,800

Wytheville Community College is a public community college located in Wytheville, Virginia which is within the Appalachian Mountain region. Enrollment at WCC is approximately 2,700 students of whom 93% receive financial aid. There is no application fee for Wytheville and the college accepts 100% of applicants. In-state tuition and fees average $4,700 per year with fees and tuition for out-of-state residents running at $11,000, annually. Books costs students around $1,200 per year. Students can earn up to an associate degree and follow a traditional semester calendar. Student to faculty ratios average 25 to 1. Degrees are offered in 13 different areas such as: Humanities, Health Professions and Nursing. Students at WCC graduate at a rate of 43% and can earn starting salaries of $23K and $28K at 6-years post college. Alumni report full employment rates at 84% at 2-years after college. WCC competes in the NJCAA.

A small school, Wytheville opened in 1963 and offers services like distance learning, remedial tutoring and job placement assistance for graduates. The mission of WCC is to provide students with ongoing personal and professional growth through excellent instruction. Alumni are prepared to seek economic advancement and be leaders in their communities.

7. Lincoln Trail College

Score: 95.6
Average Net Price: $2,121
Graduation Rate: 51%
Financial Aid: 100%
Retention Rate: 67%
Salary After Attending: $28,900

Rural Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois is a small, public community college with an enrollment of around 900 students annually. Lincoln charges no application fee and has a rate of acceptance at 100% with 100% of those students accepting financial aid. Students follow a traditional semester calendar. Tuition and fees for in-state residents is $3,800 per year and out-of-state residents will pay around $12,000 annually. Common choices among majors offered include: Humanities, Electrical Engineering Tech and Manufacturing Engineering Technician. Student to faculty ratios average 18-1 and evening degree programs are offered. Graduation rates at Lincoln are over 60% with alumni earning, on average, $23K per year to start and then seeing $29K in annual salaries at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also report full employment at a rate of 82%, 2-years after graduation. Lincoln competes in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference of the NJCAA.

Part of the Illinois Eastern Community College system, LTC’s focus is to prepare graduates to successfully achieve their career goals. Lincoln prides itself on providing an excellent education at a reasonable cost. LTC offers credit for life experience, which honors the hard work many working adult students put into their careers before going back to college to pursue advancement opportunities. The many perks at Lincoln include, but are not limited to, distance learning, remedial support, on-campus daycare and employment opportunities for students.

8. CUNY-Bernard M Baruch College

Score: 95
Average Net Price: $2,695
Graduation Rate: 68%
Financial Aid: 78%
Retention Rate: 90%
Salary After Attending: $57,200

Baruch College was opened in 1919 and is now located in a 17-story, mid-town Manhattan high-rise, known as the Newman Vertical Campus. A large public college, Baruch College has a highly competitive acceptance rate of 29% of all applicants, who pay an application fee of $65. Enrollment is approximately 19,000 students per year who select from popular choices such as: Finance, Merchandising and Accounting. Evening degree plans are offered. Over 75% of students are awarded financial aid to help with in-state tuition and fees of $8,000 or out-of-state costs averaging $18,500, making Baruch one of the cheap colleges and an excellent educational value. Limited housing is available and costs an average $15,000 per year. Students graduate from Baruch College at an average of 70% and report starting salaries of $44K per year, increasing to $57K at 6-years post-graduation. The Baruch Bearcats participate in the CUNY Athletic Conference of the NCAA.

CUNY’s Baruch College ranked no. 20 on US News’ 2019 list of Best Colleges in Regional Universities-North. All aspects of campus life, from classrooms to research labs to a bookstore, are available in the vertical campus which covers one full block of Manhattan real estate. A dormitory on Manhattan’s Upper East side has limited housing for students who do not wish to commute. Unlike many colleges, college-related social activities, such as, clubs and fraternities, meet on weekdays to accommodate urban college lifestyles. The educational mission of Baruch College is to prepare students of business, arts and sciences with strong leadership and service skills necessary to excel in their chosen field. The freshmen retention rate of 91% indicates a high degree of satisfaction among the student population.

9. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Score: 94.8
Average Net Price: $1,715
Graduation Rate: 33%
Financial Aid: 92%
Retention Rate: 60%
Salary After Attending: $22,500

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is located in Valdosta, Georgia. Considered a small college, it has an average annual enrollment of 4000 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay an application fee of $25. The Wiregrass campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. An average of 95% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,100 for in-state students and out-of-state costs of $6,300. Evening degree programs are offered and 41% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Cosmetology, Business and Marketing. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $20K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $23K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 80% at 2-years post-graduation.

Wiregrass Georgia TC offers distance learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience and job placement assistance for graduates. Through the HOPE Program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally), students who have at least a B average can access financial assistance to enable them to complete their degree goals. Established in 1963, WGTC leads the state in technical job training. The goal at Wiregrass is to prepare a workforce who are ready to have a positive impact on the 21st century global marketplace.

10. Ventura College

Score: 94.4
Average Net Price: $1,961
Graduation Rate: 35%
Financial Aid: 71%
Retention Rate: 70%
Salary After Attending: $33,800

Located in Ventura, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, Ventura College is a small, public college offering 27 certificates and associate degrees in fields such as: Business, Natural Sciences and Management. The student enrollment at VC averages about 13,200 students. Ventura charges no application fee and accepts all applicants. Financial aid is awarded to 72% of students to help with yearly tuition and fees of $1,400 for in-state residents and $7,100 for out-of-state students. Student to faculty ratios average 30 to 1. Students graduate from Ventura College at a rate of 37% with alumni earning starting salaries of $27K per year and $34K at 6-years post-graduation. Full employment rates of alumni were reported at 82%, 2-years after graduation.

Ventura College offers many student-centered services, including,distance learning, credit awarded for life experience, evening degree programs and on-campus daycare for working parents. The VC Pirates compete in the CCCAA. Ventura has been providing excellent post-secondary education on the beautiful California coast since 1925. The mission of Ventura College is to serve the educational needs of its diverse student population through innovative teaching and state-of-the-art workforce training opportunities.

11. Coahoma Community College

Score: 94.2
Average Net Price: $1,035
Graduation Rate: 28%
Financial Aid: 99%
Retention Rate: 62%
Salary After Attending: $19,500

Coahoma Community College is located in rural Clarksdale, Mississippi and is a historically black college dedicated to providing educational access to black Americans. Coahoma accepts 100% of applicants and does not charge an application fee. With an enrollment averaging 1,900 students, CCC is a small, public college which follows a traditional semester calendar. Students accept financial assistance at the rate of 99% to pay annual cost of fees, tuition and books of just over $3,600. The student to faculty ratio is 19-1 in majors such as: Child Care Provider, Automotive Mechanics and Education. Coahoma has an average graduation rate of 37% with alumni reporting annual starting salaries of $16K and $20K at 6-years post college. Graduates state full employment rates of 83%, 2-years after graduation. The Coahoma Tigers play in NJCAA Division I.

The 99-acre campus of Coahoma is in an agricultural setting near the Mississippi River. In 1949, Coahoma started providing junior college education to the African-American community around Clarksdale. CCC became fully integrated in 1965, becoming inclusive of all students regardless of gender, disability, color, race or ethnicity. No evening programs are offered, but distance learning, remedial classes and job placement for graduates are available to help ensure student success. Degree and certificate programs are available in 21 different fields. Coahoma is committed to providing an excellent education at a very affordable cost.

12. Elizabeth City State University

Score: 94.2
Average Net Price: $2,060
Graduation Rate: 37%
Financial Aid: 99%
Retention Rate: 71%
Salary After Attending: $30,400

Located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Elizabeth City State University was established in 1891 as a public college and has been, historically, dedicated to serving the educational needs of black Americans. ECSU follows a standard semester calendar and accepts about 60% of all applicants who pay an application fee of $30. Enrollment averages 1,400 students per year who pay in-state tuition and fees of $3,700 or out-of-state costs of $7,700 with room and board averaging $8,200, annually. Student to faculty ratios are 14-1 and evening degree plans are offered. Most class sizes average 20 students in frequently chosen majors such as: Biology, Criminal Justice and Business, with 38% of students earning degrees. Elizabeth City graduates earn starting salaries of $24K per year, increasing to $30K at 6-years post-graduation. Alumni report full employment rates of 93% 2-years after college. The ECSU Vikings participate in NCAA II of the Central Conference.

Elizabeth City State University is set on 154 rural acres on North Carolina’s beautiful northeastern coastline. The main goal at ECSU is to prepare confident students ready to lead their communities. Student services like tutoring, health clinics, no-alcohol policies and safe campus initiatives helped to secure freshmen retention at 74%, seen as a measure of student satisfaction.

13. MiraCosta College

Score: 94
Average Net Price: $1,712
Graduation Rate: 31%
Financial Aid: 63%
Retention Rate: 67%
Salary After Attending: $28,900

Located in the sunny San Diego Metro Area, MiraCosta College lies in Oceanside, California. A medium-sized school, MiraCosta has an annual enrollment of 15,000, on average. There is no application fee and 100% of applicants are accepted for enrollment. Over 60% of students receive financial aid to assist with fees, tuition and book costs of $3,000 for in-state students and $8,000 for those students from out-of-state. The campus follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1. Students can earn certification or associate degrees in over 160 different programs such as: Natural Sciences, Child Care Provider and Marketing. Over 30% of students graduate and report starting salaries of $23K and $29K at 6-years post-college. Alumni also state full employment rates of 81%, 2-years after graduation. The MiraCosta Spartans play in the CCCAA.

MiraCosta College offers distance learning, campus daycare services for student parents and job placement counseling for graduates. Opened in 1934 as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College, MiraCosta College took its new name in 1964. The college is located 35 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles from Los Angeles, making it perfectly situated to take advantage of the legendary Southern California lifestyle of sand, surf and fun, along with education. A wide variety of job training programs, along with Adult and Continuing Education courses provide ample opportunity for students to enhance their education and advance their careers.

14. CUNY Brooklyn College

Score: 94
Average Net Price: $2,725
Graduation Rate: 55%
Financial Aid: 85%
Retention Rate: 82%
Salary After Attending: $43,900

Located in Brooklyn, New York, a borough of New York City, CUNY-Brooklyn College was founded in 1930 and is a large urban college with an average enrollment of 15,000. Set on 35 acres, Brooklyn College follows a traditional semester calendar. Having an acceptance rate of 40% from all applicants, the application fee is $65 and 83% of students are awarded financial aid each year. In-state tuition at CUNY-BC are $7,300 while out-of-state students will pay $18,500 annually. Evening programs are available and the student to faculty ratio is 16-1. Over 30% of classes have less than 20 students. Majors popular among students are Business, Psychology and Accounting. Graduation rates are around 58% with alumni earning starting salaries of $33K and alumni after 6 years post college earn $44K, on average. Brooklyn College competes in NCAA III of the City University of New York Conference.

Brooklyn College is an exciting educational environment with a student population from over 138 countries who speak 90 non-English languages. The mission of Brooklyn College is to provide a superior education at an affordable price while preparing students to think critically and become productive leaders guided by ethics and responsibility. The Magner Career Center coordinates over 1000 internships with Fortune 500 companies in the New York City area. Brooklyn College offers over 170 certification, undergraduate and graduate programs. Used as a measure of student satisfaction, the freshman retention rate is approximately 82%.

15. CUNY City College

Score: 93.8
Average Net Price: $2,540
Graduation Rate: 48%
Financial Aid: 87%
Retention Rate: 86%
Salary After Attending: $46,300

CUNY-City College is in New York City’s borough of Manhattan and opened as a public college in 1847. Set on 35 grassy urban acres and considered a larger school, average enrollment at CCNY is over 16,000 students with a rate of acceptance at 46% and a $65 application fee. Students follow a semester-based calendar and study in popular fields such as: Biomedical Sciences, Biology and Psychology, earning degrees at rates of 50%. Student to faculty ratios average 14-1. No evening degree plans are offered. Students pay $7,100 for in-state fees and tuition while out-of-state students pay $18,000. Students can earn bachelor through doctoral-level degrees. Alumni report starting salaries of $32K per year and $46K, 6-years after college. Full employment rates at 2-years post-graduation are reported to be 88%.

CCNY, known locally as City College, is the flagship of the CUNY system of universities. In 2012, CCNY opened The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and 2017 saw the establishment of CUNY Medical School. The student demographics at CCNY are one of the most ethnically diverse in the United States. In the world, 195 nations are recognized and as of Fall 2017, 93% of those nations had students at CCNY speaking over 600 non-English languages. City College is regularly in the top 12 of national universities who have alumni that have earned Ph.D.’s. Further, the faculty is well-regarded the world over for its research which brought grant money in excess of $58 M, from 2015 to 2016, alone. Excellent opportunities to study under leaders in their academic fields, the unique student population of CCNY has a freshmen retention rate of 86%.

16. Moorpark College

Score: 93.8
Average Net Price: $2,283
Graduation Rate: 38%
Financial Aid: 44%
Retention Rate: 74%
Salary After Attending: $38,600

Moorpark, California is home to Moorpark College, a public community college offering associate degrees in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Enrollment at Moorpark averages 14,000 students per year. Moorpark accepts 100% of applicants and they do not pay an application fee. Students can choose to earn certificates and degrees offered in many different areas of study including: Business, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Over 40% of students are awarded financial aid to help with tuition and fees of $1,400, in-state and $7,100 for out-of-state residents. Student to faculty ratios at MC average 33 to 1. Graduation rates at Moorpark average 42% with alumni earning annual starting salaries of $30K and $39K, 6-years after college. Employment for alumni was reported to be 87% at 2-years post-graduation. The MC Raiders play in the CCCAA Athletic Division.

Established in 1967, Moorpark College, within easy reach of Thousand Oaks, is considered to be one of the most beautiful campuses in California and offers many student-centered services. Distance learning sites, job placement assistance for graduates and on-campus daycare for students who are parents are but a few of the support services geared toward keeping students in school and removing the barriers to success. Books and supplies average $1,800 for all students, who can earn degrees in over 70 areas of study.

17. Wabash Valley College

Score: 93.4
Average Net Price: $2,808
Graduation Rate: 55%
Financial Aid: 97%
Retention Rate: 69%
Salary After Attending: $27,800

Mount Carmel, Illinois is home to Wabash Valley College, a small technical training college opened in 1960. The Wabash Warriors compete in NJCAA Division I. Enrollment at WVC is approximately 3,600 students, in total, with an acceptance rate of 100%. Virtually all students accept financial aid. In-state resident students pay tuition and fees totaling $9,800 and out-of-state costs average $12,000, annually. Associates degrees are offered in popular programs including: Liberal Arts and Humanities, Manufacturing Engineering Technician and Machine and Metal Working. Student to faculty loads average 31-1 and evening degree programs are offered. Students graduate from Wabash Valley at a rate of 74% and can earn starting salaries averaging $25K, with 6-year average salaries of $28K. Employment 2-years post-graduation averages 86%.

Wabash Valley offers distance learning opportunities and credit for life experience. Remedial tutoring, lifelong job placement assistance and on-campus daycare are other support services aimed at helping the non-traditional student achieve their career goals. Associate degrees are also offered in Agriculture Operations and Agriculture. WVC is part of the Illinois Eastern Community College District whose goal it is to provide excellent post-secondary training at a reasonable cost to the new high-school graduate or the working adult student.

18. Southeastern Technical College

Score: 93.4
Average Net Price: $2,503
Graduation Rate: 42%
Financial Aid: 97%
Retention Rate: 54%
Salary After Attending: $20,600

Southeastern Technical College is located in the Southeast Georgia town of Vidalia, famous for its sweet onions. Considered a small college, it has an average annual enrollment of 1,700 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay an application fee of $25. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. An average of 99% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,900 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $7,100. Evening degree programs are offered and 43% of students earn degrees and certificates in 80 programs such as: Marketing, Health Professions and Business. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $20,100 and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $20,600 per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 80% at 2-years post-graduation.

STC offers online and distance learning opportunities, campus daycare for student parents and job placement assistance for graduates, as well as, other support services to help ensure students achieve their career goals. Established as Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School in 1963, the campus officially became Southeastern Technical College in October 1990. The goal at Southeastern Tech is to prepare a workforce who are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century global marketplace.

19. Porterville College

Score: 93.2
Average Net Price: $1,659
Graduation Rate: 28%
Financial Aid: 91%
Retention Rate: 70%
Salary After Attending: $27,700

Porterville College is a small public school offering up to an associate degree. With an average annual enrollment of 4,000 students, acceptance is guaranteed, and applicants are not charged an application fee. Over 80% of students receive financial aid to assist with annual fees and tuition of $1,300 for in-state residents and $7,300 for out-of-state residents. Books and supplies can cost up to $1,800 per year. The Porterville student to faculty ratio is 27 to 1 and the college follows a traditional semester calendar. Students can earn degrees in one of 16 majors, including: Social Science Research, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. PC graduates, on average, 29% of students, who report starting salaries of $20K per year and, at 6-years, $28K. Alumni state full employment rates of 79%, 2-years after graduation. The Porterville Pirates participate in the CCCAA Athletic Division.

Starting in 1927, Porterville opened as part of the Porterville, California public school system and became part of Kern Community College District in June 1967. Located in the High Sierra Mountains near Bakersfield and San Bernardino, PC serves the career training needs of students in a town of 54,000. Students have support services available, such as, distance learning, remedial tutoring and daycare, to help reduce the obstacles to learning that plague many non-traditional students.

20. College of the Sequoias

Score: 83
Average Net Price: $1,659
Graduation Rate: 28%
Financial Aid: 83%
Retention Rate: 67%
Salary After Attending: $27,400

College of the Sequoias is located in Visalia, California near Yosemite National Forest. Considered a medium-sized college, it has an average annual enrollment of 12,200 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The COS campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 29-1. An average of 82% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,200 for in-state students and out-of-state costs of $9,000. Numerous associate degree programs are offered and 30% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Firefighting Services, Police and Criminal Science and Child Care Provider. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $22K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $27K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 81% at 2-years post-graduation. The College of the Sequoias Giants play in the CCCAA.

COS offers distance learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare for student parents and job placement assistance for graduates. Established in 1926, the College of the Sequoias moved to its current location in 1940. COS is an inclusive learning environment which serves the educational needs of Tulare and Kings counties and is focused on preparing graduates for the real-world of work in the 21st Century.

21. Frontier Community College

Score: 93.2
Average Net Price: $2,835
Graduation Rate: 64%
Financial Aid: 92%
Retention Rate: 74%
Salary After Attending: $26,600

Frontier Community College has been serving the Fairfield, Illinois area since 1976 and has an annual enrollment averaging 1,800 students. Students do not pay application fees and acceptance is 100%. Financial aid is accepted by 100% of students to help with annual costs of in-state tuition and fees of $9,700 and non-resident costs of $12,000. Books and supplies average $1,300 per year. The faculty to student load averages 1 to 22 and the campus follows a traditional semester calendar. Students graduate at a rate of 71%, earning certificate and degrees in fields such as: Nursing, General Studies and Humanities. Alumni report starting salaries of $26K per year and $27K at 6-years post-college. Employment rates of graduate’s average 83% 2-years out of college. The FCC Bobcats compete in NJCAA Division I.

Frontier CC is committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities for students seeking to increase career options and to strengthening the community by preparing a workforce ready for the global marketplace. Located in the beautiful eastern area of Illinois, near the Indiana border, and part of the Illinois Eastern Community College District, Frontier is surrounded by woods and agriculture. Student support services include: evening degree programs, distance learning, credit for life experiences, on-campus daycare for working parents and job placement assistance for graduates.

22. Mississippi Delta Community College

Score: 93
Average Net Price: $2,164
Graduation Rate: 34%
Financial Aid: 99%
Retention Rate: 51%
Salary After Attending: $

Mississippi Delta CC is located in the town of Moorhead, Mississippi. Considered a small public college, it has an average annual enrollment of 2,300 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. An average of 95 % of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,400 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $6,000. Evening degree programs are not offered and 38% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Nursing, Health Professions and Mechanical Technician. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $19K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $22K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 86% at 2-years post-graduation. The Mississippi Delta CC Trojans compete in the NJCAA Division II.

MDCC offers distance learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience and job placement assistance for graduates. Established as Sunflower Junior College in 1926, the focus was on agricultural training. The school was renamed in 1989 as Mississippi Delta Community College and strives to provide the community with pre-bachelor associate degrees and/or workforce targeted training geared towards having a positive intellectual and economic impact in the Mississippi Delta area.

23. Cleveland Community College

Score: 92.8
Average Net Price: $224
Graduation Rate: 21%
Financial Aid: 84%
Retention Rate: 60%
Salary After Attending: $24,500

Cleveland Community College is located in the town of Shelby, North Carolina. Considered a small college, it has an average annual enrollment of 2,700 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. An average of 77% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,600 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $9,700. Evening degree programs are offered and 27% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Robotics, Homeland Security and Liberal Arts. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $21K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $25K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-graduation. The Cleveland CC mascot is the Yeti.

Cleveland CC offers distance and online learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience and career counseling. Established in 1965, CCC strives to help all students achieve lifelong success and impact economic change in the community through innovative instruction and unique training programs. Graduates of Cleveland Community College are prepared to face the challenges of global industry in the 21st Century.

24. Carl Sandburg College

Score: 90.4
Average Net Price: $2,478
Graduation Rate: 32%
Financial Aid: 95%
Retention Rate: 62%
Salary After Attending: $29,700

Founded 1966 in historic Galesburg, Illinois, Carl Sandburg College is home to almost two thousand students. It offers two-year associate’s degrees and open enrollment. A few of the school’s most reputable degrees include Criminal Justice, Business and Marketing, and Health Professions and Sciences. With a branch campus located in Carthage and an extension center in Bushnell, Carl Sandburg College offers opportunities both on campus and beyond. All students have the opportunity to enjoy a rich campus life by engaging in a variety of workshops, clubs, and international study abroad opportunities.

In the 2019-20 academic year, full-time students paid an average of $4,700 toward their degree. Carl Sandburg offers additional financial aid, as well as grants and scholarships, making opportunities affordable to students from all walks of life. An impressive 7 out of 10 students graduate without debt.

25. Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Score: 91.4
Average Net Price: $769
Graduation Rate: 15%
Financial Aid: 92%
Retention Rate: 62%
Salary After Attending: $28,900

Located in the Columbus, Georgia suburb of Phenix City, Alabama, Chattahoochee Valley CC sees an annual enrollment of 1,400 students. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fees. About 92% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $5,200 for resident students and $8,700 for students with out-of-state residency. Chattahoochee Valley CC follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 14 programs, including popular choices such as: Nursing, Medical Assistant and Law Enforcement. Evening degree programs are offered. CVCC has a graduation rate of 28% and alumni report starting salaries of $22K and annual salaries of $29K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 86% at 2-years post-college. The CVCC Pirates play in the NJCAA Division I.

Chattahoochee Valley CC offers distance learning options, credit for life and career experience and job placement assistance for graduates. Started in 1973, CVCC encourages student achievement by providing affordable educational and learning options by way of technical training, adult education and transfer credit programs. The campus is an easy drive from Ft. Benning and Columbus, Georgia. Many soldiers and residents take advantage of the career advancement training available at CVCC.

26. Oxnard College

Score: 90.6
Average Net Price: $1,973
Graduation Rate: 26%
Financial Aid: 88%
Retention Rate: 71%
Salary After Attending: $31,000

Located in the scenic oceanside town of Oxnard, California, Oxnard College is a small public college with a total enrollment of just over 7,400 students. There is no application fee, and everyone is accepted to attend. Over 85% of students receive financial aid with annual tuition and fees being $1,400 for in-state residents and $7,100 for out-of-state students, making Oxnard one of the most affordable of the cheap colleges. Students can earn up to an associate degree in 25 different majors such as: Business, Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. Student to faculty ratio is 31 to 1. The graduation rate at Oxnard College is 24%. Alumni report starting salaries of $23K per year and, at 6-years post-college, they report $31K in annual salaries. At 2-years post-graduation, 81% of Oxnard alum report full employment. The OC Condors compete in the CCCAA Athletic Division.

Oxnard College was opened in 1975 and offers student support services, including: distance learning, daycare for student parents and employment assistance to help relieve the barriers to success that often impact non-traditional college students. Just minutes away from Ventura beaches, Oxnard College is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all students wanting to expand their career options.

27. Olney Central College

Score: 90.6
Average Net Price: $3,135
Graduation Rate: 54%
Financial Aid: 99%
Retention Rate: 65%
Salary After Attending: $29,500

Olney Central College is part of the publicly-funded Illinois Eastern Community College District and is located in Olney, Illinois. With an average enrollment of 1,200 students, acceptance is 100% and applicants do not pay application fees. All students at Olney receive financial aid assistance. Tuition and fees for in-state residents average $9,700 per year and out-of-state residents’ costs average $12,000, annually. Books and other supplies run around $1,300 per year. Students can earn certificates and associate degrees in 11 areas and follow a standard semester calendar. Olney Central has a graduation rate of 74%, with students earning degrees in fields including: Licensed Practical Nurse, Mechanic and Repair Tech and Humanities. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. Graduates of Olney CC can earn starting salaries of $24K and can earn $30K at 6-years after graduation. Full employment at 2-years post-graduation is stated to be 86% of graduates. The OCC Blue Knights participate in NJCAA Division I.

Opened in the 1970s, Olney Central College offers many support services to help eliminate the obstacles that prevent success. Distance learning, evening degree programs, employment assistance for current students and on-campus daycare for student parents are but a few of the student-centered services available to help students in meeting their educational and career objectives.

28. Skyline College-San Bruno

Score: 90.4
Average Net Price: $1,945
Graduation Rate: 24%
Financial Aid: 56%
Retention Rate: 78%
Salary After Attending: $40,500

Located in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, San Bruno is home to Skyline College. This small college has an annual enrollment of 9,200 students with an acceptance rate of 100%. Students pay no application fees. Over 45% of students received financial aid assistance to help with annual, in-state tuition and fees of $1,500 or out-of-state costs of $8,100. Books and supplies costs $1,800 per year, on average. Skyline follows a traditional semester calendar and offers associate degrees in Business, Management and Automotive Mechanics, as well as, 18 other programs. The faculty to student load is 1 to 28. The graduation rate at Skyline is 25% and alumni report starting salaries of $31K per year and $41K at 6-years post-graduation. Alumni further state full employment rates of 86%, 2-years after college. The Skyline Trojans play in the CCCAA.

Services, such as, distance learning, evening degree programs and on-campus daycare, help students stay in school to achieve their educational goals. Honoring accessible education as a right of citizens in a democracy, Skyline is committed to providing educational options for a network of world-wide learners seeking to expand their career opportunities.

29. Fort Peck Community College

Score: 90.4
Average Net Price: $1,460
Graduation Rate: 8%
Financial Aid: 96%
Retention Rate: 46%
Salary After Attending: $16,500

Located on the Fort Peck Native American Reservation in Montana, Fort Peck CC has an annual enrollment of 230 students primarily from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and surrounding communities. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fee. About 78% of students accept financial aid to cover the annual tuition, fees and book costs for full-time students of $3,000 (average is based on the highest program costs). FPCC follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in over 20 programs, including popular choices such as: Bookkeeping, Native American Studies and Welding. Evening programs are offered. Fort Peck CC has a graduation rate of 9% and alumni report starting salaries of $15K and annual salaries of $17K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 70% at 2-years post-college. The Fort Peck Buffalo Chasers participate in campus-organized intramural games.

Fort Peck offers online learning options for GED, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Opened on the reservation in 1977, Fort Peck CC started as an extension program in 1969. The focus of FPCC is to provide the Native population access to traditional college and job training, as well as, empowering an awareness of Native culture and social justice. Job training programs are tailored to meet the workforce needs in nearby communities, thereby, giving Native reservation residents access to economic growth opportunities.

30. New Mexico Military Institute

Score: 89.9
Average Net Price: $2,837
Graduation Rate: 35%
Financial Aid: 97%
Retention Rate: 51%
Salary After Attending: $39,700

Ranked no. 1 of the Best Community Colleges in New Mexico and no. 3 Best in the US, New Mexico Military Institute is located in historic Roswell, New Mexico. Highly regarded world-wide, NMMI, opened in 1895, is both a high-school and post-secondary college preparing leaders for the ever-changing role of management in the global economy. Enrolling just 1000 students, NMMI follows a traditional semester calendar. The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1 and students can earn up to an associate degree. Upon graduation, alumni are expected to be leaders with well-developed physical, intellectual and character skills. Over 95% of students receive financial assistance to help with NMMI’s in-state tuition and fees of $4,300 and out-of-state fees of $13,000, annually. Books and supplies average $1,100 with over 90% of students receiving financial aid to help defray costs. Six years after graduation, alumni report annual salaries of $40K and full employment of 94% at 2-years post college. The NMMI Broncos compete in NJCAA Division I.

Over 90% of New Mexico Military alumni go on to complete 4-year degrees at colleges like Stanford, Penn State, West Point and Annapolis. Alumni who complete the ROTC program can move forward to earn commissions in the military. Serving primarily traditional-aged men and women, NMMI does not provide the standard support services, such as, daycare or evening degree programs seen at other 2-year colleges. New Mexico Military Institute regularly sees enrollees from 36 states, Puerto Rico and 33 foreign countries. NMMI is the only prep school and post-secondary school housed together in the United States.

31. Spartanburg Community College

Score: 89.8
Average Net Price: $1,824
Graduation Rate: 18%
Financial Aid: 97%
Retention Rate: 58%
Salary After Attending: $28,300

Located in the Greenville suburb of Southern Shops, South Carolina, Spartanburg Community College sees an annual enrollment of 4,600 students. All applicants are accepted and pay an application fee of $25. About 98% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $5,800 for resident students and $10,300 for students with out-of-state residency. SCC follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in more than 70 programs, including popular choices such as: Business, Welding and Health Professions. Evening degree programs are offered. Spartanburg has a graduation rate of 20% and alumni report starting salaries of $24K and annual salaries of $28K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 87% at 2-years post-college.

Spartanburg CC offers online and distance learning options, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Started in 1963 with an enrollment of 150 students, SCC is dedicated to providing innovative learning on a flexible schedule so that graduates are prepared to become vital members of an ever-changing workforce.

32. Central Georgia Technical College

Score: 89.6
Average Net Price: $2,721
Graduation Rate: 30%
Financial Aid: 88%
Retention Rate: 54%
Salary After Attending: $21,500

Located in the Macon, Georgia area town of Warner Robins, Central Georgia Technical College sees an annual enrollment of 8,000 students. All applicants are accepted and pay an application fee of $25. About 92 % of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,200 for resident students and $6,800 for students with out-of-state residency. CGTC follows a standard semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in over 20 programs, including popular choices such as: Business, Health Professions and Cosmetology. Evening degree programs are offered at Central Georgia TC. CGTC has a graduation rate of 31% and alumni report starting salaries of $20K and annual salaries of $22K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 80% at 2-years post-college. The Central Georgia TC Titans play in the NJCAA Division I.

Central Georgia Technical College offers online learning options, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. CGTC was established in 1962 and merged with Middle Georgia Technical College in 2012, becoming Central Georgia Technical College. Through traditional instruction and online learning, the mission at CGTC is to provide the community with the necessary educational opportunities to make possible sustainable workforce and economic growth in the area.

33. Atlanta Technical College

Score: 89.4
Average Net Price: $3,082
Graduation Rate: 41%
Financial Aid: 93%
Retention Rate: 56%
Salary After Attending: $22,000

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta Technical College is a small college which sees an annual enrollment of 4,100 students. All applicants are accepted and pay an application fee of $25. Nearly 94% of ATC students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,100 for resident students and $6,300 for students with out-of-state residency. Atlanta Tech follows a traditional semester calendar and has an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in programs that include popular choices such as: Paralegal, Dental Hygiene and Fire Science. Evening degree programs are offered. Atlanta TC has a graduation rate of 46% and alumni report starting salaries of $19K and annual salaries of $22K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 83% at 2-years post-college. The school colors of Atlanta Tech are navy and gold.

Atlanta Technical College offers online learning options, credit for career or life experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Opening in 1953 as Tuxedo Center, an extension campus, the school officially became Atlanta Technical College in July of 2000. The educational philosophy of ATC is that the people of Atlanta are its power and drive the economic prosperity of the area. By providing innovative and affordable educational opportunities to the diverse greater Atlanta area, ATC helps produce graduates who are prepared to be the workforce needed by incoming industry and business. Atlanta Tech’s inclusive policies, for example, encouraging women to enroll in non-traditionally female majors like welding and carpentry, ensures that Atlanta has job seekers ready to face the challenges of a global marketplace.

34. Canada College

Score: 89.2
Average Net Price: $2,468
Graduation Rate: 26%
Financial Aid: 60%
Retention Rate: 68%
Salary After Attending: $31,500

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Redwood City, California, Canada College sees an annual enrollment of 6,100 students. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fees. About 55% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,100 for resident students and $9,800 for students with out-of-state residency. Canada College follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 40 programs, including popular choices such as: Psychology, Liberal Arts and Child Care. Evening degree programs are offered. Canada College has a graduation rate of 28% and alumni report starting salaries of $29K and annual salaries of $32K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-college. The CC Colts play in the CCCAA.

Canada College offers distance learning options, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Canada College has provided career training and education services for the San Mateo County and Silicon Valley communities since 1969. Offering learning options for traditional and non-traditional students, Canada College has numerous support services to help students stay in college and change their lives through education.

35. Glendale Community College CA

Score: 88.4
Average Net Price: $2,825
Graduation Rate: 29%
Financial Aid: 69%
Retention Rate: 75%
Salary After Attending: $33,200

Glendale Community College is located in the Los Angeles area city of Glendale, California. Considered a medium-sized college, it has an average annual enrollment of 15,000 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The Glendale campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1. An average of 70% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,100 for in-state students and out-of-state costs of $8,100. Evening degree programs are offered and 32% of students earn degrees in 27 programs such as: Business, Social Sciences and Nursing. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $24K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $33K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 80% at 2-years post-graduation. The GCC Vaqueros play in the CCCAA.

Glendale CC-CA offers distance learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience, campus daycare for student parents and job placement assistance for graduates. Established in 1926, GCC’s $11M endowment makes available numerous grants and scholarships for students in financial need while also providing support through student services and maintenance of facilities. The goal at GCC-CA is to prepare a workforce who are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century global marketplace.

36. Lanier Technical College

Score: 88.4
Average Net Price: $2,930
Graduation Rate: 32%
Financial Aid: 80%
Retention Rate: 58%
Salary After Attending: $26,700

Lanier Technical College is located in the suburb of Oakwood, Georgia. A small public college, LTC has an average annual enrollment of 3,700 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay an application fee of $25. The campus follows a standard semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. An average of 86% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,500 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $7,300. Lanier Tech does have evening programs and 35% of students earn degrees or certificates in over 20 programs such as: EMT, Welding and Management. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $25K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $27K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 84% at 2-years post-graduation. The Lanier Knights play in campus-organized intramural activities.

Lanier Technical college offers distance/online learning opportunities and job placement assistance for graduates. The first classes at Lanier Tech started in the Fall of 1966 and were held in local schools, community buildings and churches. Through adult education, career training and traditional classrooms, the goal at Lanier is to prepare a workforce who are technically trained and ready to tackle industry requirements.

37. Wayne Community College

Score: 88.2
Average Net Price: $3,065
Graduation Rate: 33%
Financial Aid: 63%
Retention Rate: 69%
Salary After Attending: $27,400

Located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Wayne Community College sees an annual enrollment of 3,500 students. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fees. About 93% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,100 for resident students and $10,300 for students with out-of-state residency. Wayne Community College follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 14 diverse programs, including popular choices such as: Metal Working, Medical Office Management and Liberal Arts. Evening degree programs are offered. WCC has a graduation rate of 32% and alumni report starting salaries of $21K and annual salaries of $27K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 83% at 2-years post-college. The Wayne Community College mascot is the Bison.

Wayne CC offers distance and online learning options, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Established in the late 1960s, Wayne Community College is instrumental in training graduates who are ready to meet local industry requirements, for instance,the aviation training facility at the Wayne Executive Jetport. Wayne CC is an accessible, affordable educational option for students seeking career advancement or transfer opportunities at 4-year institutions.

38. Reedley College

Score: 88.2
Average Net Price: $2,485
Graduation Rate: 24%
Financial Aid: 83%
Retention Rate: 65%
Salary After Attending: $26,300

Reedley College is located in the Fresno, California suburb of Reedley. A small college, it has an average annual enrollment of 11,000 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 24 to 1. An average of 90% of students accept financial aid. Annual tuition, fees and book costs average $2,300 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs run about $8,000. Evening degree programs are offered and 27% of students earn degrees in popular programs such as: Biology, Biomedical Services and Business. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $21K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $26K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-graduation. The Reedley Tigers play competitively in the CCCAA.

Reedley offers online and distance learning opportunities, job placement assistance for alumni and campus daycare for student parents. Founded in 1926 as Reedley Junior College, the name change to Reedley College was made official in 1998. The mission at Reedley is to collaborate with and encourage students to become lifelong learners and empower them to graduate prepared to meet the needs of the dynamic global workforce.

39. Mt. San Antonio College

Score: 88
Average Net Price: $3,023
Graduation Rate: 32%
Financial Aid: 71%
Retention Rate: 79%
Salary After Attending: $35,000

Founded in 1945, Mt. San Antonio College is a large school in Walnut, California, located within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. With an enrollment of over 29,000 students the rate of acceptance is 100% and requires no application fee. Mt. San Antonio follows a traditional semester calendar and students can earn certificates and associate degrees in 200 different majors, including popular choices such as: Business, Management and Social Sciences. Financial aid is awarded to 70% of students to assist with in-state fees and tuition of $1,400 and out-of-state costs averaging $8,700, annually. Books and supplies run $1,800 per year. The student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1 and evening degree programs are offered for working students. Mt. SAC students graduate at 34% per year and can earn starting salaries of $26K and $35K, 6-years post-college. Alumni state full employment rates of 84% at 2-years post-graduation. The Mt. SAC Mounties play in the CCCAA Athletic Division.

Mt. San Antonio College provides distance learning options, child care and credit for life experience in support of students who have had trouble completing educational goals in the past. Mt. SAC makes educational accessible and affordable. With over 25 support services, Mt. San Antonio gives students the tools necessary for the lifelong learning and job skill training to enable career and educational advancement without the burden of crushing student debt.

40. South Texas College

Score: 88
Average Net Price: $2,096
Graduation Rate: 16%
Financial Aid: 91%
Retention Rate: 70%
Salary After Attending: $30,300

Located in the Brownsville area, South Texas College is a large school serving McAllen, Texas. STC is the only community college in Texas offering bachelor’s degrees, along with certifications and associate degrees in over 120 areas of study. Opening its doors in 1993, South Texas College is a publicly-funded college with an annual enrollment of over 31,000 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fees. The student to faculty ratio is 22:1 and the campus follows a traditional semester calendar. Financial aid is provided to over 89% of students to offset annual in-state tuition and fees of $4,000 and out-of-state costs of $7,700. Students graduate at a rate of 15% and earn degrees in popular programs such as: Information Science, Business and Education. Alumni report annual starting salaries of $23K and 6-year post-graduation salaries of $30K. Full employment is stated to be 87% at 2-years post-college. The STC Jaguars participate in a variety of campus-organized intramural sports.

Distance education, child care for student parents and job placement assistance are but a few of the support services offered at South Texas College. Evening and online degree programs are available for working students. Committed to the upward economic mobility of its students and community, STC provides innovative education accessible to all who are ready to accept the challenge and opportunity.

41. Chattahoochee Technical College

Score: 88
Average Net Price: $2,231
Graduation Rate: 19%
Financial Aid: 76%
Retention Rate: 52%
Salary After Attending: $28,600

Chattahoochee Technical College is located in the Atlanta, Georgia suburb of Marietta. Considered a small-sized college, it has an average annual enrollment of 10,200 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay an application fee of $25. The campus follows a traditional semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1. An average 85% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,900 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $6,100. Evening degree programs are offered at Chattahoochee Tech and an average 29% of students earn degrees in a wide variety of programs such as: Professional and Tech Writing, Automotive Mechanics and Business. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $24K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $29K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 86% at 2-years post-graduation. The CTC Golden Eagles play in the NJCAA Division I.

Chattahoochee Technical College offers distance and online learning opportunities and job placement assistance for graduates. CTC is the result of a 2009 merger of three campuses, CTC, Appalachian Technical College and North Metro Technical College. The goal at CTC is to prepare a graduate with the academic and technical training background to achieve their career goals and/or transfer to a 4-year institution to obtain further academic success.

42. Northeast Alabama Community College

Score: 87.6
Average Net Price: $2,874
Graduation Rate: 29%
Financial Aid: 93%
Retention Rate: 63%
Salary After Attending: $27,900

Northeast Alabama Community College is located in rural Rainsville, Alabama. Considered a small public college, it has an average annual enrollment of 2,700 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. An average of 90% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $6,800 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $10,400. Evening and online degree programs are offered and 37% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Liberal Arts, Health Professions and Welding. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $24K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $28K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 83% at 2-years post-graduation. The NACC Mustangs compete in the NJCAA Division I.

Northeast Alabama Community College offers distance learning opportunities, credit for life and career experience and job placement assistance for graduates. NACC ranked at no. 15 in student success indicators according to CNNMoney. Providing an exceptional education at an affordable price, NACC is committed to making college achievable for all students. Established in 1963, Northeast Alabama Community College’s goal is to prepare a workforce who are ready to tackle the ever-changing challenges of the 21st century global economy.

43. George C. Wallace Community College-Dothan

Score: 87.2
Average Net Price: $2,664
Graduation Rate: 22%
Financial Aid: 89%
Retention Rate: 63%
Salary After Attending: $24,700

George C. Wallace Community College is located in rural Dothan, Alabama. As a small public college, it has an average annual enrollment of 4,600 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment and pay no application fee. Wallace Community College follows a traditional semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. An average 91% of students accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs of $6.300 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $9,900. Evening degree programs are offered at Wallace CC and 28% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Nursing, Liberal Arts and Health Professions. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $21K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $25K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-graduation. The Wallace CC Governors compete in the NJCAA Division I.

Wallace CC offers job placement assistance for graduates, credit for life and career experience and numerous online learning opportunities. Established in 1947 as George C. Wallace State Technical Trade School, it became George C. Wallace State Community College in 1969 and the first community college in Southern Alabama. Wallace Community College has a stated goal to promote economic and social growth within the area by preparing graduates who are ready to take on the current needs of industry and be adaptable to meet the needs of the future.

44. Palomar College

Score: 86.6
Average Net Price: $3,066
Graduation Rate: 29%
Financial Aid: 66%
Retention Rate: 71%
Salary After Attending: $34,400

Located in the San Diego, California suburb of San Marcos, Palomar College is a large public college that sees an annual enrollment of 30,000 students. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fees. About 63% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,200 for resident students and $9,300 for students with out-of-state residency. Palomar College follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 32 programs, including popular choices such as: Emergency Medical Technician, Social Science and Liberal Arts. Evening degree programs are not offered. Palomar has a graduation rate of 32% and alumni report starting salaries of $24K and annual salaries of $34K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 78% at 2-years post-college. The Palomar Comets play in the CCCAA.

Palomar College offers distance learning options, credit for life and career experience and campus daycare. Started in January of 1946, Palomar College provides an innovative learning experience for a diverse population of students. Further, it prepares graduates to achieve career training, adult learning skills and/or transfer credit for 4-year college study. Alumni of Palomar leave prepared to make an impact, globally, as responsible leaders.

45. College of the Mainland

Score: 86
Average Net Price: $2,769
Graduation Rate: 21%
Financial Aid: 58%
Retention Rate: 64%
Salary After Attending: $30,500

Located in the Houston, Texas suburb of Texas City, College of the Mainland sees an annual enrollment of 4,300 students. All applicants are accepted and do not pay an application fee. About 55% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,800 for resident students and $5,000 for students with out-of-state residency. COM follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 14 programs, including popular choices such as: Lab Technician, Nursing and Liberal Arts. Evening degree programs are offered through online classes. College of the Mainland has a graduation rate of 26% and alumni report starting salaries of $28K and technical field graduates report starting salaries as high as $70K. Annual salaries of $30K are reported by graduates at 6-years post-graduation. Alumni also state full employment rates of 85% at 2-years post-college. The COM Fighting Ducks participate in campus-organized club sports and intramurals.

College of the Mainland offers credit for life and career experience, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. COM, as it is popularly known, began as the College of the Mainland Junior College District in October of 1966. The focus of COM is to provide the educational opportunities students need for success whether certifying for specific workforce positions or transferring to a 4-year institution.

46. Pearl River Community College

Score: 85.8
Average Net Price: $3,156
Graduation Rate: 29%
Financial Aid: 83%
Retention Rate: 64%
Salary After Attending: $27,600

Pearl River Community College’s experienced humble beginnings as an agricultural high school in the small town of Poplarville, Mississippi. Founded in 1909, this institution has grown in stages, first incorporating college courses into its curriculum ten years after opening and officially becoming the first two-year college in Mississippi in 1924. Today, Pearl River offers degrees and certificates in 17 various fields and is highly regarded for its Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Health Professions degrees.

Pearl River hosts a variety of student clubs and organizations, including a STEM Club, Student Nurses Association, and an Honors Institute. With Homecoming week festivities, movie nights, and countless community service opportunities, it’s no surprise the school boasts a 61% full-time student retention rate and a population of over 4,000 students. The application process is free, and 66% of undergraduates receive financial aid in scholarships and grants averaging $4,500 or more.

47. Grossmont College

Score: 85.6
Average Net Price: $3,011
Graduation Rate: 26%
Financial Aid: 67%
Retention Rate: 64%
Salary After Attending: $34,000

Located in the San Diego, California suburb of El Cajon, Grossmont College sees an annual enrollment of 18,000 students. All applicants are accepted and pay no application fees. About 68% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $3,100 for resident students and $8,900 for students with out-of-state residency. Grossmont follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 24 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in 23 programs, including popular choices such as: Marketing, Business and Social Sciences. Evening degree programs are offered. Grossmont College has a graduation rate of 32% and alumni report starting salaries of $25K and annual salaries of $34K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 82% at 2-years post-college. The Grossmont Griffins compete in the CCCAA.

Grossmont College offers online and distance learning options, campus daycare and job placement assistance for graduates. Opening in 1961, Grossmont primarily serves the educational needs of the greater San Diego area, as well as, San Diego’s diverse inner-city neighborhoods. It is estimated the 1 out of every 3 East County residents have taken a class at Grossmont College since it was established. The focus of Grossmont is to provide all students at GC with a versatile and dynamic education to prepare them to be an adaptable part of an ever-changing workforce.

48. Fresno City College

Score: 84.8
Average Net Price: $2,834
Graduation Rate: 18%
Financial Aid: 86%
Retention Rate: 65%
Salary After Attending: $28,000

Fresno City College is located in Fresno, California. A medium-sized public college, it has an average annual enrollment of over 20,000 students. All applicants are accepted for enrollment paying no application fee. The campus follows a semester-based calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 27 to 1. An average 85% of students at Fresno City College accept financial aid to help with annual tuition, fees and book costs averaging $2,300 for in-state students and out-of-state residency costs of $8,000. Evening degree programs are offered and approximately 19% of students earn degrees in programs such as: Nursing, Police Science and Business. Graduates can earn starting salaries of $21K and, at 6-years post-college, can see salaries of $28K per year. Alumni report full employment rates of 79% at 2-years post-graduation. The FCC Rams play in the CCCAA.

Fresno City College offers online learning opportunities, campus daycare for student parents and job placement assistance for graduates. Established in 1910, Fresno City College was the first community college in California. FCC was opened as a way to bridge the educational gap from high school to 4-year institutions for students in the San Joaquin Valley. Serving a diverse community of learners, Fresno City College offers educational opportunities responsive to the needs of its students. Geared towards helping to improve the economic prospects in the area, FCC offers many support services to enable students to stay in school and become better prepared for the demands of the 21st Century workforce.

49. Eastern Gateway Community College

Score: 84.6
Average Net Price: $2,758
Graduation Rate: 7%
Financial Aid: 100%
Retention Rate: 38%
Salary After Attending: $25,700

Located in Steubenville, Ohio, Eastern Gateway Community College sees an annual enrollment of 8,500 students. All applicants are accepted and pay an application fee of $20. About 93% of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,600 for resident students and $7,900 for students with out-of-state residency. Eastern Gateway CC follows a traditional semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in over a dozen programs, including popular choices such as: Liberal Arts, Health Professions and Law Enforcement. Evening programs are not offered at EGCC. Eastern Gateway CC has a graduation rate of 11% and alumni report starting salaries of $21K and annual salaries of $26K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 80% at 2-years post-college. The EGCC Gators participate in a variety of campus-organized intramurals.

Eastern Gateway offers online learning options, credit for life and career experience and campus daycare for student parents. EGCC was established in 1968 and is geared to reaching all learners who wish to expand their educational experience, whether it be for personal gain or career advancement. In addition to a transfer program, EGCC offers many degrees and certificates for those who are in the workforce and looking to advance, or those looking to retrain.

50. Halifax Community College

Score: 84.6
Average Net Price: $3,150
Graduation Rate: 27%
Financial Aid: 60%
Retention Rate: 62%
Salary After Attending: $24,100

Located in rural Weldon, North Carolina, Halifax Community College has an average annual enrollment of 1,100 students. The beach, large cities, Lake Gaston and mountain activities are within easy reach of HCC. All applicants are accepted and do not pay any application fees. On average, 71 % of students accept financial aid to cover annual tuition, fees and book costs of $4,000 for resident students and $10,200 for students with out-of-state residency. HCC follows a semester calendar and has a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Students can earn associate degrees and certificates in over 15 diverse programs, including popular choices such as: Liberal Arts, Marketing and Health Professions. Halifax CC does offer evening degree programs. HCC has a graduation rate of 34% and alumni report starting salaries of $20K and annual salaries of $24K at 6-years post-graduation. Graduates also state full employment rates of 83% at 2-years post-college. The Halifax CC Patriots compete in campus-level intramurals.

Halifax Community College has distance learning options, on-campus daycare for student parents and job placement assistance for graduates. One of the oldest community colleges of the North Carolina Community College System, HCC was opened in 1967. The mission of HCC is to meet the unique needs of the Weldon community by offering educational and job training opportunities which prepare graduates to participate at their highest level in the global job market.

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Reference information was collected from the following websites:

Niche.com and US News

Specific college sites that were reviewed:
https://www.southgatech.edu/
https://www.venturacollege.edu/college-information/about-ventura-college/mission
https://www.moorparkcollege.edu/college-information/about-moorpark-college
https://www.iecc.edu/page.php?page=DOBM_MISSION (for Lincoln Trail, Olney and Frontier)
https://skylinecollege.edu/aboutskyline/mission.php
https://www.nmmi.edu/about-nmmi/
https://www.mtsac.edu/about/overview/mission-and-goals.html
http://www.coahomacc.edu/about-ccc/history/index
https://www.southtexascollege.edu/about/index.html
https://www.albanytech.edu/about/about-atc/a-brief-history
http://www.miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/pio/aboutmcc.html
https://www.glendale.edu/about-gcc
https://www.gccaz.edu/about-gcc
https://www.cos.edu/en-us/about-us
https://www.sccsc.edu/exploreSCC/
https://www.wiregrass.edu/about
https://www.cv.edu/
http://www.msdelta.edu
https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/about/
http://www.southeasterntech.edu/about-stc/college-overview.php
https://canadacollege.edu/about/
https://www.nacc.edu/
https://www.grossmont.edu/college-info/about-grossmont/
https://www.clevelandcc.edu/
https://www.waynecc.edu/
https://www.reedleycollege.edu/about/mission-statement.html
https://atlantatech.edu/
https://www.fresnocitycollege.edu/about/mission-statement.html
http://www.fpcc.edu/
https://www.wallace.edu/about_wcc/mission_and_more.aspx
https://www.com.edu/
http://www.prcc.edu/about-us/mission-statement
https://egcc.edu
https://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/
http://www.centralgatech.edu/
https://www.laniertech.edu/
http://www.halifaxcc.edu/

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