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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Nevada

3 Colleges
$24,094 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.6 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Nevada Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 3 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Nevada. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors, such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those seeking diversity and overall quality.

One of our other unique offerings is College Combat. This tool lets you build your own customized comparisons utilizing the factors that are most important to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Nevada

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Our 2021 rankings named University of Nevada - Reno the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Nevada for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Reno, Nevada, the large public school awarded 4,101 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at UNR graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,242 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNR is $88,321. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

UNR not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in Nevada list.

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#2

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Nevada - Las Vegas helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Nevada. UNLV is a large public school situated in Las Vegas, Nevada. It awarded 4,307 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNLV is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,698 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNLV is about $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

UNLV not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Nevada list.

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#3

Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, Nevada

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Sierra Nevada College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Nevada list. Sierra Nevada College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Incline Village, Nevada that handed out 91 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SNC is 4.2 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $34,342 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SNC is $145,610. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

SNC not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in Nevada list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 3 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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