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

15 Colleges
$17,364 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.5 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Mississippi Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 15 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Mississippi. 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. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors, such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those seeking diversity and overall quality.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Mississippi

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#1

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi

Our analysis found University of Mississippi to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Mississippi in this year’s ranking. University of Mississippi is a large public school located in University, Mississippi that handed out 4,610 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Ole Miss to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,502 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 Ole Miss is $67,744. 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, Ole Miss is ranked #2 for overall quality in Mississippi.

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#2

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Mississippi State University. The school came in at #2 in Mississippi on this year’s best value ranking. Mississippi State is a public institution located in Mississippi State, Mississippi. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,923 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Mississippi State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,630 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State is about $75,500. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Mississippi State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Mississippi list.

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#3

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Mississippi University for Women helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Mississippi. Mississippi University for Women is a small public school located in Columbus, Mississippi that handed out 765 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MUW is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,604 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the MUW is $61,898. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Southern Mississippi. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Mississippi list. University of Southern Mississippi is a fairly large public school located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that handed out 2,470 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Southern Miss to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,211 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss is $77,966. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, Mississippi

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Blue Mountain College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Mississippi. Located in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 133 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Blue Mountain College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $16,716. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Blue Mountain College is $69,873. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi

With a ranking of #6, Millsaps College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi list. Millsaps is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jackson, Mississippi. It awarded 181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Millsaps is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,045 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 Millsaps is $122,283. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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. Millsaps did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in Mississippi list.

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#7

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

With a ranking of #7, William Carey University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi list. Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at William Carey University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $17,759. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University is about $86,131. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

William Carey University not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in Mississippi list.

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#8

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi

Alcorn State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi list. Located in Alcorn State, Mississippi, the small public school handed out 503 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Alcorn State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,225 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State is $62,025. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#9

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi

Delta State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Mississippi ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Cleveland, Mississippi, the small public school awarded 596 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Delta State University about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,528 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University be around $67,265. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

With a ranking of #10, Mississippi College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi list. MC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Clinton, Mississippi. It awarded 750 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At MC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $22,912 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MC be around $97,605. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, MC is ranked #4 for overall quality in Mississippi.

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#11

Rust College

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Rust College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi ranking. Rust College is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 85 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rust College is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $9,967 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 Rust College is $45,649. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#12

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, Mississippi

Mississippi Valley State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi ranking. Mississippi Valley State University is a public institution located in Itta Bena, Mississippi. The school has a small population, and it awarded 287 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Mississippi Valley State University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $12,758. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University be around $58,049. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#13

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson State University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi ranking. Jackson State is located in Jackson, Mississippi and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,155 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Jackson State is 4.6 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $16,992 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $77,993 to get a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, Mississippi

Tougaloo College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Mississippi ranking, coming in at #14. Tougaloo is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Tougaloo, Mississippi. It awarded 113 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Tougaloo is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,216 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Tougaloo is $74,918. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#15

Belhaven University

Jackson, Mississippi

Belhaven University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Mississippi ranking. Belhaven University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Jackson, Mississippi that handed out 523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Belhaven is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $26,392. This means that the average student pays around $113,486 to get a bachelor’s degree from Belhaven. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 15 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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