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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in the Southwest Region

111 Colleges
$24,574 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Southwest Region Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 111 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value for the money with aid in the Southwest Region. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. 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 the Southwest Region

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#1

St. John's College

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our 2021 rankings named St. John’s College the best school for overall value for the money with aid in the Southwest Region for students working on their bachelor’s degree. St. John’s is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 70 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at St. John’s graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $14,375 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s is $60,087. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. John’s also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking.

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#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Texas Tech University. The school came in at #2 in the Southwest Region on this year’s best value ranking. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the large public school awarded 6,599 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Texas Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,296 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Texas Tech excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list.

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#3

Rice University

Houston, Texas

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rice University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region list. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,228 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 Rice is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $31,696. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rice be around $130,271. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 0.6%, 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, Rice is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#4

Austin College

Sherman, Texas

Out of the 111 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Austin College landed the #4 spot on the list. Austin College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sherman, Texas. It awarded 342 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Austin College graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $27,370. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Austin College is about $111,670. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Austin College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list.

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#5

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list means Oklahoma City University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Oklahoma City University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that handed out 552 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at OCU to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $27,356 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from OCU is $114,895. 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 4.0%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, OCU also did well on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

University of Houston did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #6. U of H is a large public school situated in Houston, Texas. It awarded 7,631 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at U of H about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $25,217. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H is $116,503. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 3.1% 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%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, U of H also did well on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#7

University of St. Thomas

Houston, Texas

University of St. Thomas came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Houston, Texas, and it awarded 329 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UST is 4.5 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $25,989 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UST is $116,431. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, UST is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list.

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#8

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary’s University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking. St. Mary’s is a small private not-for-profit school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 468 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Mary’s is 4.2 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $25,177 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s is about $107,002. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

St. Mary’s excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list.

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#9

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

University of Tulsa ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and it awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of Tulsa is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $30,647. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa is about $130,863. 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 88%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Tulsa also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking.

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#10

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, Texas

Midwestern State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. Midwestern State University is a medium-sized public school located in Wichita Falls, Texas that handed out 1,201 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at MSU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $16,774. 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 MSU is $78,335. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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With a ranking of #11, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. Oklahoma State is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,899 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Oklahoma State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,971 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 Oklahoma State is $119,212. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On top of its placing in our value rankings, Oklahoma State also did well on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas

Texas Lutheran University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Seguin, Texas, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 278 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At TLU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,694 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $102,121 to get a bachelor’s degree from TLU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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With a ranking of #13, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. Odessa, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 910 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UT Permian Basin is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $15,603. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Permian Basin be around $71,462. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#14

West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas

West Texas A&M University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Canyon, Texas, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,746 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at West Texas A&M University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,505 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University be around $72,952. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#15

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Sam Houston State University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking. SHSU is located in Huntsville, Texas and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at SHSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $22,492. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SHSU be around $101,889. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#16

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking. Trinity U is located in San Antonio, Texas and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 617 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at Trinity U about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,066 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 Trinity U is $142,055. 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 0.9%, 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, Trinity U is ranked #3 for overall quality in the Southwest Region .

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#17

Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas

Southwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking, coming in at #17. Georgetown, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 375 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Southwestern U to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,951 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern U is $135,429. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Southwestern U excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list.

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#17

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

University of North Texas landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking. Denton, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,639 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at UNT graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,179 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNT be around $109,773. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. San Antonio, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,655 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UTSA about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,313 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UTSA is about $95,471. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in Norman, Oklahoma, the large public school handed out 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At University of Oklahoma, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,331 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma is $134,973. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region ranking.

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#21

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region ranking. Texas State is a large public school situated in San Marcos, Texas. It awarded 7,427 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas State is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,274 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas State is $111,418. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#22

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #22, Oklahoma Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. Edmond, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 337 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at OC about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,069 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 OC is $103,737. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#23

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region ranking. NAU is a large public school situated in Flagstaff, Arizona. It awarded 6,248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at NAU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,230 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NAU is about $101,050. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. USAO is a small public school situated in Chickasha, Oklahoma. It awarded 153 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at USAO graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $16,354 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USAO is $71,794. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#25

Arizona State University - West

Glendale, Arizona

With a ranking of #25, Arizona State University - West did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in the Southwest Region list. Located in Glendale, Arizona, the small public school awarded 932 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At ASU - West, 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 $31,409. 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 ASU - West is $132,860. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in our value rankings, ASU - West also did well on our Best Colleges in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 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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