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

8 Colleges
$17,800 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.7 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Utah Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 8 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Utah. 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.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Utah

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Provo to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Utah in this year’s ranking. BYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Provo, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,239 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU is $64,132. 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 90%. BYU also made our Best Colleges in Utah list, coming in at #1.

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#2

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Out of the 8 schools in Utah that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Utah landed the #2 spot on the list. Salt Lake City, Utah is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,236 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of U is 4.7 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $16,364 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of U is about $77,074. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. U of U did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Utah list.

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#3

Utah State University

Logan, Utah

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Utah State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Utah. Located in Logan, Utah, the large public school awarded 4,531 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At USU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $12,841 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USU is $62,150. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

USU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges in Utah list.

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#4

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Southern Utah University. The school came in at #4 in Utah on this year’s best value ranking. Southern Utah University is a fairly large public school situated in Cedar City, Utah. It awarded 1,203 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Southern Utah University to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $13,357 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 Southern Utah University is $61,843. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Neumont College of Computer Science

Salt Lake City, Utah

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Neumont College of Computer Science helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Utah. This small private for-profit school is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it awarded 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Neumont, 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 $26,432. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Neumont is $109,428. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Neumont is ranked #5 for overall quality in Utah.

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#6

Westminster College Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Westminster College Utah did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Utah ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 540 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Westminster College Salt Lake, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,254 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College Salt Lake is $134,392. 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 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Westminster College Salt Lake not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in Utah list.

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#7

Dixie State University

Saint George, Utah

Dixie State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Utah ranking. Dixie State College is a fairly large public school situated in Saint George, Utah. It awarded 814 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Dixie State College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $13,689 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $65,160 to get a bachelor’s degree from Dixie State College. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#8

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Weber State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Utah ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Ogden, Utah, the large public school handed out 2,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WSU is 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,228 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSU is about $79,679. 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 8 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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