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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Education

31 Colleges
4,523 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,225 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for General EducationIn 2018-2019, 4,523 people earned their bachelor's in general education, making the major the #84 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for General Education ranking, we looked at 31 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value General Education Schools in United States

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

Top 10 Best Value General Education Schools

#1

Corban University

Salem, OR

Corban University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general education schools. Corban is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Salem.

It takes the average student at Corban about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,600. 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 Corban is $77,190. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, education majors at Corban accumulate an average of around $27,539 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale. GVSU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for General Education rankings.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $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 students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at GVSU take out while working on their bachelor's is $28,167. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $301, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Berea, Berea is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Berea to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,680. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Berea is $92,574. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Education majors at Berea take out an average of $5,527 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#4

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, FL

Our rankings recognize Flagler College - St Augustine as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Saint Augustine, Flagler St. Augustine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at Flagler St. Augustine graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,732. This means that the average student pays around $117,306 to get a bachelor’s degree from Flagler St. Augustine. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, education graduates from Flagler St. Augustine carry an average student debtload of $22,003.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general education schools. MCLA is a small public school located in the fringe town of North Adams.

It takes the average student at MCLA about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,170 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $114,657 to get a bachelor’s degree from MCLA. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, education graduates from MCLA take out $22,002 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 $234.

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#6

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Monmouth University. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Monmouth also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for General Education rankings.

At Monmouth, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,782. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Monmouth is $167,482. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that education majors at Monmouth take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,503. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $287.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst also made our Best Colleges for General Education list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMass Amherst is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,714. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst is $151,996. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, education graduates from UMass Amherst take out $21,779 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 $254.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,013. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is $84,608. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, education graduates from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay carry an average student debtload of $21,115. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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#9

Wilmington College

Wilmington, OH

Wilmington College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wilmington College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Wilmington.

At Wilmington College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,244. This means that the average student pays around $104,258 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Education majors at Wilmington College take out an average of $25,565 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $266, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Beloit College

Beloit, WI

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

At Beloit, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,378. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Beloit be around $136,850. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Education majors at Beloit take out an average of $26,202 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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New England
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One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, General Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50,540
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21,322
Special Education 8,866
Other Education 1,730
Educational Administration 573

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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).
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