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

4 Colleges
$20,865 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.3 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Delaware Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 4 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Delaware. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

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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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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Delaware

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Our 2021 rankings named University of Delaware the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Delaware for students working on their bachelor’s degree. U of Delaware is a public institution located in Newark, Delaware. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at U of Delaware graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $20,247. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Delaware is $84,025. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. U of Delaware did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in Delaware list.

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#2

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Delaware State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Delaware list. Del State is a small public school situated in Dover, Delaware. It awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Del State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,580 for students who receive aid. 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 Del State is $64,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Del State also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in Delaware rankings.

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#3

Goldey - Beacom College

Wilmington, Delaware

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Delaware list means Goldey - Beacom College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Wilmington, Delaware is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 170 students in 2018-2019.

At Goldey - Beacom College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $21,915. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Goldey - Beacom College be around $92,700. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Goldey - Beacom College is ranked #3 for overall quality in Delaware.

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#4

Wesley College

Dover, Delaware

Out of the 4 schools in Delaware that were part of this year’s ranking, Wesley College landed the #4 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Dover, Delaware, and it awarded 209 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wesley College is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,718 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wesley College is about $118,361. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Wesley College not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in Delaware list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 4 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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