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2021 Best Value Colleges for Special Education

120 Colleges
8,866 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,077 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Special Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Special EducationSpecial Education is the #55 most popular major in the country with 8,866 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Special Education ranking looked at 120 colleges that offer a bachelor's in special ed. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those special ed 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.

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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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Special Ed Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Special Education Schools in the United States

Check out the special ed programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 15% Best Value Special Education Schools

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. SRU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

The average student at SRU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,713. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SRU is about $93,149. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from SRU carry an average student debtload of $24,776. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. 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 BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from BYU carry an average student debtload of $12,096.

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#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee. Florida State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Special Education 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. 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 Florida State is $115,196. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at Florida State accumulate an average of around $18,258 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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Winona State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Winona, Winona State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Winona State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,880. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Winona State is $98,022. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, special ed graduates from Winona State take out $24,119 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $272, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USF Tampa is 4.3 years, and it costs about $23,095 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $99,308 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at USF Tampa accumulate an average of around $22,822 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $191.

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#6

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Cortland. In addition to its great value ranking, SUNY Cortland is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Cortland is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,238. This means that the average student pays around $108,019 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from SUNY Cortland carry an average student debtload of $22,187. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Normal. Illinois State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Special Ed majors at Illinois State take out an average of $20,930 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 $223.

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#8

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

At EIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,976. 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 EIU is $75,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Special Ed majors at EIU take out an average of $24,930 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $272, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

At NIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,171. This means that the average student pays around $92,181 to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at NIU take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,001. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - Eau Claire to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,070. This means that the average student pays around $99,536 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Eau Claire. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at UW - Eau Claire take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,450. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $272, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Located in the town of Vermillion, U of South Dakota is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at U of South Dakota to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,860. This means that the average student pays around $90,950 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of South Dakota. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, special ed graduates from U of South Dakota take out $25,925 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Our rankings recognize Ball State University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Ball State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Special Education list.

The average student at Ball State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,050. This means that the average student pays around $111,494 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ball State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at Ball State take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,277. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. UW Oshkosh is a large public school located in the small city of Oshkosh.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at UW Oshkosh to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,232. This means that the average student pays around $91,544 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at UW Oshkosh take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,039. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $260.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UW - Stevens Point is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Stevens Point.

At UW - Stevens Point, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,927. 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 UW - Stevens Point is $90,070. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at UW - Stevens Point take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,565. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $238.

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Appalachian State University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. 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 estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,137. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State be around $95,410. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at Appalachian State accumulate an average of around $20,060 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $219.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At WIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $17,615 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU is $78,211. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from WIU carry an average student debtload of $26,883. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school located in the town of Whitewater.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UW - Whitewater to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,164 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - Whitewater is $91,343. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at UW - Whitewater accumulate an average of around $24,413 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Edwardsville.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,498. This means that the average student pays around $79,091 to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Special Ed majors at SIUE take out an average of $21,958 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Special Education award.

Rank College Location
19 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
20 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
21 University of Georgia Athens, GA
22 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
23 Utah State University Logan, UT
24 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA

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New England
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Far Western US
Southwest
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Special Education is one of 14 different types of Education programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Special Ed

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50,540
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21,322
General Education 4,523
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to woodleywonderworks.

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