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

17 Colleges
$24,439 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.4 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 Colorado Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 17 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Colorado. 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 Colorado

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Our analysis found Colorado State University - Fort Collins to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Colorado in this year’s ranking. Colorado State is a large public school situated in Fort Collins, Colorado. It awarded 5,498 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Colorado State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,721 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is $78,150. 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 3.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Colorado State also made our Best Colleges in Colorado list, coming in at #5.

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#2

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Colorado Boulder is a large public school located in Boulder, Colorado that handed out 6,744 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at CU - Boulder to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $19,925 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CU - Boulder be around $87,471. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. CU - Boulder also made our Best Colleges in Colorado list, coming in at #4.

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#3

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colorado School of Mines. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Colorado list. This medium-sized public school is located in Golden, Colorado, and it awarded 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Mines about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $25,819. This means that the average student pays around $111,022 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mines. 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 1.2% 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%. Mines did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Colorado list.

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#4

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Out of the 17 schools in Colorado that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Northern Colorado landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Greeley, Colorado, the fairly large public school awarded 2,026 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At University of Northern Colorado, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,051 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado is $76,388. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Fort Lewis College. The school came in at #5 in Colorado on this year’s best value ranking. FLC is located in Durango, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 667 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At FLC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $12,400. 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 FLC is $55,676. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Colorado ranking. Located in Denver, Colorado, the large public school awarded 2,684 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 CU Anschutz is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,691 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $110,163 to get a bachelor’s degree from CU Anschutz. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 3.0% 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

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

With a ranking of #7, Colorado College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 581 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Colorado College to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $36,538 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $148,710 to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College. 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%. Colorado College did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in Colorado list.

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#8

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

Adams State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado ranking. Adams State University is a small public school located in Alamosa, Colorado that handed out 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Adams State is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,638 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 Adams State is $66,310. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

With a ranking of #9, Western Colorado University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. Western is a small public school situated in Gunnison, Colorado. It awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Western graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $18,252 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Western be around $83,594. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

With a ranking of #10, University of Denver did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Denver, Colorado, and it awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at U of Denver graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,425 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Denver is $167,360. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. U of Denver did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Colorado list.

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With a ranking of #11, Colorado State University - Pueblo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. Pueblo, Colorado is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 749 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Colorado State University - Pueblo to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,428 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo be around $79,472. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#12

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Colorado ranking. Colorado Springs, Colorado is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,948 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UCCS about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,267 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCCS be around $106,330. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#13

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Regis University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado ranking. Located in Denver, Colorado, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Regis U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,074 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Regis U is $162,576. 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%.

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Johnson & Wales University - Denver came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado ranking. JWU Denver is located in Denver, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 174 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At JWU Denver, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $31,447. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the JWU Denver is $131,134. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#15

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Mesa University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado ranking. Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,189 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 Colorado Mesa is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,264 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado Mesa is $99,090. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Naropa University

Boulder, Colorado

With a ranking of #16, Naropa University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. Naropa is located in Boulder, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 103 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Naropa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,975 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Naropa is about $121,695. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

With a ranking of #17, Colorado Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Colorado list. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 730 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at CCU is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $28,548. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CCU is $118,474. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 17 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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