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

11 Colleges
$30,499 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best New Hampshire Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 11 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in New Hampshire. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. 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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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in New Hampshire

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value for the money with aid in New Hampshire. Durham, New Hampshire is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,550 students in 2018-2019.

At U of NH, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,166 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of NH is about $91,324. 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 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, U of NH is ranked #3 for overall quality in New Hampshire.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dartmouth College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire list. Hanover, New Hampshire is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,249 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Dartmouth about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,967 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth is $131,704. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount 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. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Dartmouth is ranked #1 for overall quality in New Hampshire.

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#3

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

Out of the 11 schools in New Hampshire that were part of this year’s ranking, Keene State College landed the #3 spot on the list. Keene State is a public institution located in Keene, New Hampshire. The school has a small population, and it awarded 912 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Keene State graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $21,125 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Keene State is about $88,091. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Keene State also made our Best Colleges in New Hampshire list, coming in at #5.

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#4

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Out of the 11 schools in New Hampshire that were part of this year’s ranking, University of New Hampshire at Manchester landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the small public school awarded 197 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 UNH Manchester is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,609 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 UNH Manchester is $104,096. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 2.2% 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%. UNH Manchester also made our Best Colleges in New Hampshire list, coming in at #4.

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#5

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Saint Anselm College. The school came in at #5 in New Hampshire on this year’s best value ranking. Saint Anselm College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Manchester, New Hampshire that handed out 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Anselm College is 4.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,914 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College is about $153,173. 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 89%. St. Anselm College also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in New Hampshire rankings.

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#6

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #6, Plymouth State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list. Plymouth State is a public institution located in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The school has a small population, and it awarded 941 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Plymouth State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $21,093 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State be around $90,278. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% 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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#7

Colby - Sawyer College

New London, New Hampshire

Colby - Sawyer College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire ranking, coming in at #7. Located in New London, New Hampshire, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 199 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Colby - Sawyer graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,348 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Colby - Sawyer is about $129,154. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#8

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire ranking. Franklin Pierce College is located in Rindge, New Hampshire and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 345 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Franklin Pierce College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $33,830. 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 Franklin Pierce College is $139,380. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#9

Rivier University

Nashua, New Hampshire

Rivier University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire ranking. Rivier is located in Nashua, New Hampshire and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 295 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Rivier, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,129 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $151,019 to get a bachelor’s degree from Rivier. 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 4.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#10

New England College

Henniker, New Hampshire

New England College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list. New England College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Henniker, New Hampshire that handed out 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at NEC to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $27,320. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NEC is about $116,110. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire ranking. SNHU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Manchester, New Hampshire. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at SNHU graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $47,990 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 SNHU is $197,239. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 11 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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