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

9 Colleges
$28,470 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Vermont Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

We analyzed 9 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Vermont. 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 Vermont

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#1

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Our analysis found University of Vermont to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Vermont in this year’s ranking. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the fairly large public school handed out 2,682 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UVM about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,090 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 UVM is $79,605. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UVM not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Vermont list.

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#2

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Middlebury College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Vermont. 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.

At Middlebury, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,149 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Middlebury is $119,511. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Middlebury also made our Best Colleges in Vermont list, coming in at #1.

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#3

Castleton University

Castleton, Vermont

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont list means Castleton University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Castleton, Vermont, the small public school handed out 378 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Castleton graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,764 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Castleton is $75,497. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#4

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, Vermont

Out of the 9 schools in Vermont that were part of this year’s ranking, Vermont Technical College landed the #4 spot on the list. Vermont Tech is a small public school situated in Randolph, Vermont. It awarded 153 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Vermont Tech to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,348 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $93,638 to get a bachelor’s degree from Vermont Tech. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, Vermont

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saint Michael’s College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Vermont list. Saint Michael’s is located in Colchester, Vermont and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 516 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Saint Michael’s about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $38,042. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s be around $155,211. 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%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Saint Michael’s is ranked #3 for overall quality in Vermont.

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#6

Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

Bennington College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont list. Bennington is located in Bennington, Vermont and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 232 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Bennington to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $36,780. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bennington is $152,269. 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 2.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Bennington is ranked #4 for overall quality in Vermont.

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#7

Johnson State College

Johnson, Vermont

Johnson State College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Vermont ranking, coming in at #7. This small public school is located in Johnson, Vermont, and it awarded 430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Johnson State College is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,842 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 Johnson State College is $78,862. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont

With a ranking of #8, Norwich University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont list. Northfield, Vermont is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 715 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Norwich graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,397 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Norwich is about $125,844. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#9

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

Champlain College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Burlington, Vermont, and it awarded 776 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Champlain graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $44,816 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 Champlain is $187,331. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Champlain also made our Best Colleges in Vermont list, coming in at #5.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 9 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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