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

129 Colleges
$29,174 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.1 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. 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 England Region Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 129 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in the New England Region. 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. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in the New England Region

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#1

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Our analysis found Yale University to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in the New England Region in this year’s ranking. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,664 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Yale, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,454 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Yale is $104,361. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 99%. Yale also made our Best Colleges in the New England Region list, coming in at #4.

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#2

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Out of the 129 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Amherst College landed the #2 spot on the list. Amherst College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Amherst, Massachusetts that handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Amherst, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $26,326 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $107,937 to get a bachelor’s degree from Amherst. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Amherst excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#3

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Williams College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in the New England Region . Williams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Williams, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $26,757 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Williams be around $109,169. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Williams also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in the New England Region rankings.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Harvard University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in the New England Region . Harvard is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Harvard is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,655 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 Harvard is $110,085. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Harvard did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#5

College of the Atlantic

Bar Harbor, Maine

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend College of the Atlantic. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region list. College of the Atlantic is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bar Harbor, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At College of the Atlantic, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $21,982 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Atlantic is $94,303. 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 2.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#6

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

Wesleyan University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Wesleyan U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Middletown, Connecticut. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wesleyan U is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,710 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan U is $113,057. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Wesleyan U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#7

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at MIT graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $28,340. This means that the average student pays around $116,477 to get a bachelor’s degree from MIT. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, MIT is ranked #2 for overall quality in the New England Region .

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#8

Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Wellesley College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Wellesley is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 754 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Wellesley graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,093 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley is $115,462. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Wellesley also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Middlebury, Vermont is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 771 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Middlebury is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,149 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 Middlebury is $119,511. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Middlebury also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges in the New England Region ranking.

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#10

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

Colby College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Waterville, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 608 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Colby, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $30,382. 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 Colby is $122,439. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its great value ranking, Colby is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#11

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

With a ranking of #11, Trinity College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Trinity Bantams graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,752 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 Trinity Bantams is $121,983. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Trinity Bantams also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#12

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

With a ranking of #12, Bates College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Bates is located in Lewiston, Maine and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 565 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Bates to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,748 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bates is $124,222. 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 95%. Bates also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#13

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

With a ranking of #13, Bowdoin College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Brunswick, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 664 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bowdoin is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $31,833. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin is about $129,879. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Bowdoin also did well on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#14

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Hanover, New Hampshire. It awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Dartmouth to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $31,967 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth is about $131,704. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Dartmouth also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Fitchburg State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school awarded 815 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 Fitchburg State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,143 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Fitchburg State is $102,755. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#16

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Holy Cross, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,952 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross be around $137,506. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Holy Cross also did well on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#17

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Smith College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 798 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Smith is 4.1 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $33,004 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Smith is about $134,656. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 1.3% 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%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Smith also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges in the New England Region ranking.

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#18

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #18, Westfield State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Westfield is a public institution located in Westfield, Massachusetts. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Westfield about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $24,805 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $103,933 to get a bachelor’s degree from Westfield. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#19

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, Maine

University of Maine at Farmington landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. University of Maine at Farmington is a small public school located in Farmington, Maine that handed out 372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMaine Farmington is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,106 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 UMaine Farmington is $99,125. 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 4.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#20

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

With a ranking of #20, Brown University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Brown, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $34,838 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $144,229 to get a bachelor’s degree from Brown. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Brown did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#21

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Babson College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 548 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 Babson College is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,875 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Babson College is $144,576. 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 1.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, Babson College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#22

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Clark University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and it awarded 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Clark to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,379 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clark be around $136,520. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#23

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Maritime Academy came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region ranking. Maritime is a small public school situated in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. It awarded 391 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Maritime to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,873 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Maritime is $131,828. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#24

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,062 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Boston College graduates in less than 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,304 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Boston College is about $147,031. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 95%. In addition to its great value ranking, Boston College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the New England Region list.

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#25

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #25, Worcester State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the New England Region list. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,217 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 Worcester State is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $24,921. 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 Worcester State is $109,403. 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 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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