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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in New Jersey

27 Colleges
$28,460 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best New Jersey Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 27 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value for the money with aid in New Jersey. 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. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

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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.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in New Jersey

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#1

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Our 2021 rankings named Princeton University the best school for overall value for the money with aid in New Jersey for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Princeton graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,495 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Princeton is about $96,564. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student-to-faculty rate of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Princeton did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#2

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list means Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rutgers New Brunswick is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,719 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Rutgers New Brunswick graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $21,298. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers New Brunswick be around $91,155. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Rutgers New Brunswick not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #4 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#3

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey list. Ramapo College is located in Mahwah, New Jersey and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,307 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Ramapo College to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $22,285. 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 Ramapo College is $94,266. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#4

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

Out of the 27 schools in New Jersey that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of New Jersey landed the #4 spot on the list. TCNJ is located in Ewing, New Jersey and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,685 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at TCNJ is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,712 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the TCNJ is $110,321. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 2.4% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. TCNJ not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#5

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list means Rutgers University - Newark is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Newark, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,775 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Rutgers Newark to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,665 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Newark is about $98,792. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Rutgers Newark also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#6

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Drew University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Madison, New Jersey that handed out 345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Drew is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $23,288. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Drew is $95,481. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Rutgers University - Camden

Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University - Camden landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Camden, New Jersey, and it awarded 1,368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Rutgers Camden graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,453 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers Camden is about $101,937. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#8

Stockton University

Galloway, New Jersey

Stockton University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Galloway, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,018 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Stockton State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,355 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 Stockton State is $95,456. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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With a ranking of #9, New Jersey Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. NJIT is a fairly large public school situated in Newark, New Jersey. It awarded 1,646 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NJIT is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,523 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NJIT is $119,448. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. NJIT also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in New Jersey rankings.

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#10

Montclair State University

Montclair, New Jersey

Montclair State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Montclair State is located in Montclair, New Jersey and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,013 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Montclair State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $23,256. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State is about $102,094. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#11

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey

Rowan University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Rowan is a fairly large public school situated in Glassboro, New Jersey. It awarded 3,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Rowan about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,928 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Rowan is $126,705. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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William Paterson University of New Jersey landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Located in Wayne, New Jersey, the fairly large public school awarded 1,785 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at William Paterson University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,582 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University is $106,591. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#13

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Hoboken, New Jersey is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 766 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Stevens graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $48,120. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Stevens is $217,021. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 0.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Stevens did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in New Jersey list.

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#14

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Seton Hall University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in South Orange, New Jersey that handed out 1,683 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Seton Hall about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $38,817 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $161,867 to get a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#15

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Lawrenceville, New Jersey is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 854 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Rider to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,496 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rider is about $159,373. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#16

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey

With a ranking of #16, Monmouth University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,185 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Monmouth to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $39,782. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth is $167,482. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#17

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

Kean University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey ranking. Located in Union, New Jersey, the fairly large public school awarded 2,493 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Kean is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,717 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 Kean is $110,758. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#18

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, New Jersey

With a ranking of #18, College of Saint Elizabeth did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 171 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at CSE graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,096 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $112,177 to get a bachelor’s degree from CSE. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#19

Saint Peter's University

Jersey City, New Jersey

Saint Peter’s University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Saint Peter’s College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $27,030. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Saint Peter’s College is $119,202. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#20

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey City University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking, coming in at #20. NJCU is a public institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at NJCU graduates in less than 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,823 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $117,209 to get a bachelor’s degree from NJCU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#21

Centenary University

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Centenary University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. Centenary is located in Hackettstown, New Jersey and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 351 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Centenary graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,271 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Centenary is $118,738. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Florham Campus ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. FDU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Madison, New Jersey. It awarded 573 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at FDU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,184 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from FDU be around $161,007. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#23

Georgian Court University

Lakewood, New Jersey

Georgian Court University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Lakewood, New Jersey is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 375 students in 2018-2019.

At Georgian Court, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,091 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $141,521 to get a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#24

Felician University

Lodi, New Jersey

Felician University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Jersey ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lodi, New Jersey, and it awarded 332 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Felician to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,745 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $130,502 to get a bachelor’s degree from Felician. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#25

Caldwell University

Caldwell, New Jersey

Caldwell University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Jersey list. Located in Caldwell, New Jersey, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Caldwell graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,484 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell be around $149,339. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 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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