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2021 Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial Management

304 Colleges
46,736 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,691 Avg Cost*

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Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial ManagementWith 46,736 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, finance and financial management is the #10 most popular major in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial Management ranking analyzed 304 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in finance. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those finance schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Finance & Financial Management Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for finance majors.

Top 25 Best Value Finance Schools

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. BYU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list.

It takes the average student at BYU about 5.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,239. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU is about $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from BYU carry an average student debtload of $12,005. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $116, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. Florida State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $18,688. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of F excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, finance graduates from U of F take out $16,637 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $172.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at USF Tampa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USF Tampa is $99,308. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, finance graduates from USF Tampa take out $20,040 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $193, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. UW - La Crosse is a large public school located in the city of La Crosse.

At UW - La Crosse, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,185. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is $85,373. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from UW - La Crosse carry an average student debtload of $19,433. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $212, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. Located in the large city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Canisius is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,574. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Canisius be around $75,968. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from Canisius carry an average student debtload of $21,470. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $254.

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St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. Located in the remote town of Saint Bonaventure, St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Bonaventure is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,743. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure be around $118,134. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at St. Bonaventure accumulate an average of around $24,574 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $268.

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#8

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Tech University. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at Texas Tech accumulate an average of around $20,881 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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#9

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. Ouachita Baptist is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Arkadelphia.

It takes the average student at Ouachita Baptist about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $20,768 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist is $84,733. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at Ouachita Baptist accumulate an average of around $23,854 in student debt.

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#10

Drury University

Springfield, MO

Drury University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drury University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Springfield.

The average student at Drury University graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,398. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Drury University is $105,399. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Finance majors at Drury University take out an average of $23,955 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Iowa State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Iowa State take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,901. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $229, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens. UGA excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list.

It takes the average student at UGA about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,505. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UGA is $134,211. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $17,779 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $181, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wofford College. Located in the small city of Spartanburg, Wofford is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Wofford also did well on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wofford is 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,306. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Wofford is $130,839. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from Wofford carry an average student debtload of $20,597. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $221, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public school with a very large student population.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,217. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of H is $116,503. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, finance graduates from U of H take out $19,236 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $185, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, TX

St. Mary's University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. Located in the city of San Antonio, St. Mary's is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at St. Mary’s graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $25,177 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s is $107,002. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at St. Mary's take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,783. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $254.

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Our rankings recognize Grand Valley State University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at GVSU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is about $105,245. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Finance majors at GVSU take out an average of $22,695 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#17

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a large student population.

At UNI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Finance majors at UNI take out an average of $20,221 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $220, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the midsize city of Fargo.

At North Dakota State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,224. This means that the average student pays around $96,145 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at North Dakota State University accumulate an average of around $20,514 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $212, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Duluth. UMN Duluth is a large public school located in the small city of Duluth.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMN Duluth to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,044. This means that the average student pays around $98,537 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at UMN Duluth take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,983. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#20

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Our rankings recognize Creighton University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Omaha, Creighton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Creighton also did well on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Creighton, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,713. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Creighton is $144,059. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, finance graduates from Creighton take out $21,358 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wyoming. U of Wyoming is a fairly large public school located in the town of Laramie.

The average student at U of Wyoming graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,323. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Finance majors at U of Wyoming take out an average of $17,137 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Appalachian State University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value finance and financial management schools. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the town of Boone.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Appalachian State is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,137. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is about $95,410. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, finance graduates from Appalachian State take out $20,227 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $227, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, finance graduates from Illinois State take out $20,647 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to CUNY Bernard M Baruch College. Baruch is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York. Baruch also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Baruch to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,951. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Baruch be around $139,280. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, finance graduates from Baruch take out $14,282 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $117, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida International University. FIU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Miami.

At FIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and it costs about $26,777 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the FIU is $124,513. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at FIU accumulate an average of around $19,692 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $177, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#26

Howard University

Washington, DC
#27

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#30

Loras College

Dubuque, IA
#34

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#35

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#36

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#38

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL
#39

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, NY
#41

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#42

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#43

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#44

Samford University

Birmingham, AL
#45

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Finance & Financial Management students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial Management award.

Rank College Location
46 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
47 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
48 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
49 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
50 Siena College Loudonville, NY
51 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
52 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
53 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
54 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
55 Drake University Des Moines, IA
56 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
57 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
58 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
59 Stetson University DeLand, FL
60 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC

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One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Finance & Financial Management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Marketing 44,258
General Business/Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Dave Dugdale.

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