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

7 Colleges
$15,518 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.5 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Idaho Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 7 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Idaho. 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. 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.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Idaho

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#1

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

University of Idaho tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Idaho. University of Idaho is a fairly large public school located in Moscow, Idaho that handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Idaho, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,376 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Idaho is about $64,836. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Idaho is ranked #1 for overall quality in Idaho.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #2 in Idaho on this year’s best value ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Rexburg, Idaho, and it awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at BYU - I to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $6,396 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU - I be around $31,724. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. BYU - I also made our Best Colleges in Idaho list, coming in at #5.

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#3

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho list means The College of Idaho is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. The College of Idaho is a small private not-for-profit school located in Caldwell, Idaho that handed out 195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at C of I is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $19,113. This means that the average student pays around $80,083 to get a bachelor’s degree from C of I. 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 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. C of I not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Idaho list.

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#4

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Boise State University. The school came in at #4 in Idaho on this year’s best value ranking. Boise State is located in Boise, Idaho and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,473 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Boise State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,921 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Boise State is $74,669. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Boise State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges in Idaho list.

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#5

Lewis - Clark State College

Lewiston, Idaho

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Lewis - Clark State College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Idaho. Lewis - Clark State College is a small public school situated in Lewiston, Idaho. It awarded 626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Lewis - Clark State College to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,083 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lewis - Clark State College is about $57,304. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

With a ranking of #6, Idaho State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho list. Idaho State University is a fairly large public school located in Pocatello, Idaho that handed out 1,286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At ISU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,572 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ISU is $73,656. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northwest Nazarene University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho ranking. Nampa, Idaho is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 340 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at NNU about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $24,167 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NNU is about $105,610. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 2.6% 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%. NNU also made our Best Colleges in Idaho list, coming in at #3.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 7 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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