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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Alabama

11 Colleges
2,026 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,266 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in AlabamaEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Alabama. With 2,026 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 4th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.3% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Alabama ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on education schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Alabama

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Jacksonville State University. Located in the small suburb of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Jacksonville State University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

At Jacksonville State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,294. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University is $101,147. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of South Alabama landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the midsize city of Mobile, USA is a public college with a large student population. USA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

It takes the average student at USA about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,523. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USA is about $99,867. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Alabama at Birmingham. Located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham, UAB is a public school with a very large student population. UAB also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #3.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UAB to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,867. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAB be around $125,680. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Alabama State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Montgomery, Alabama State is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Alabama State, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Alabama State is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,417. 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 Alabama State is $99,635. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Montevallo is a small public school located in the large suburb of Montevallo. University of Montevallo also made our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list, coming in at #5.

At University of Montevallo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,561. This means that the average student pays around $119,259 to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Montevallo. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Alabama as the #6 school in this year's rankings. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Florence. UNA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UNA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,303. 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 UNA is $108,825. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa. UA not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

At UA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,292. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UA is $140,470. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Auburn University. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public school with a very large student population. Auburn did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama list.

The average student at Auburn graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,983. 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 Auburn is $171,915. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Troy University

Troy, AL

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Troy University. Located in the town of Troy, TROY is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at TROY graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,740. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from TROY is $100,004. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

University of West Alabama earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of West Alabama is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Livingston. University of West Alabama also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Alabama rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of West Alabama is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,926. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of West Alabama is $105,992. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,213
Florida 4,383
Virginia 1,712
Georgia 2,694
West Virginia 586
Tennessee 1,699
North Carolina 2,584
South Carolina 1,665
Louisiana 1,415
Kentucky 1,884
Arkansas 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,195
Teacher Education Subject Specific 635
Special Education 178
Other Education 18

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Journalism 1,729
Psychology 1,472
Social Sciences 1,172
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 887
History 477

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 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 Horadrim.

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