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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in District of Columbia

7 Colleges
$32,933 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best District of Columbia Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 7 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in District of Columbia. 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. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as overall quality or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in District of Columbia

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#1

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia

Gallaudet University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value for the money with aid in District of Columbia. Gallaudet is located in Washington, District of Columbia and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 200 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Gallaudet to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,887 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 Gallaudet is $81,207. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#2

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Out of the 7 schools in District of Columbia that were part of this year’s ranking, Howard University landed the #2 spot on the list. Howard is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 1,353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Howard to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,736 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Howard is $106,365. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Howard also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in District of Columbia rankings.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Out of the 7 schools in District of Columbia that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgetown University landed the #3 spot on the list. Georgetown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Georgetown graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $36,120. 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 Georgetown is $146,647. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Georgetown also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges in District of Columbia rankings.

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#4

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Out of the 7 schools in District of Columbia that were part of this year’s ranking, George Washington University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at GWU about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $43,358. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GWU be around $179,069. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. GWU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in District of Columbia rankings.

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#5

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in District of Columbia list means American University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at The American University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $41,058 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from The American University is about $189,277. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. The American University not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in District of Columbia list.

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#6

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Catholic University of America ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in District of Columbia list. CUA is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 830 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at CUA about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $43,559 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 CUA is $179,463. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. CUA not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #4 on our Best Colleges in District of Columbia list.

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#7

Trinity Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Trinity Washington University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in District of Columbia list. Trinity Washington University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 276 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Trinity College is 5.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,816 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College be around $118,127. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 7 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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