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

12 Colleges
$22,985 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.3 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 Arizona Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

After analyzing 12 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Arizona. 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 Arizona

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Arizona State University - Tempe tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Arizona. This large public school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at ASU - Tempe about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $17,851. 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 - Tempe is $76,759. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. ASU - Tempe also made our Best Colleges in Arizona list, coming in at #1.

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#2

Arizona State University - West

Glendale, Arizona

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arizona State University - West. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona list. ASU - West is located in Glendale, Arizona and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 932 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at ASU - West graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,625 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $78,784 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - West. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, ASU - West is ranked #3 for overall quality in Arizona.

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#3

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Arizona. The school came in at #3 in Arizona on this year’s best value ranking. Tucson, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 8,231 students in 2018-2019.

At Arizona, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,499 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Arizona be around $80,101. 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, Arizona is ranked #4 for overall quality in Arizona.

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Out of the 12 schools in Arizona that were part of this year’s ranking, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the fairly large public school awarded 2,261 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 ASU - Downtown Phoenix is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,878 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Downtown Phoenix is $87,270. 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 86%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, ASU - Downtown Phoenix is ranked #5 for overall quality in Arizona.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arizona State University - Polytechnic. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona list. ASU - Polytechnic is a medium-sized public school situated in Mesa, Arizona. It awarded 1,039 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at ASU - Polytechnic graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $18,545. This means that the average student pays around $79,558 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Polytechnic. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #6. NAU is a public institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At NAU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,016 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 NAU is $78,370. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking. Arizona State University - Skysong is a large public school located in Scottsdale, Arizona that handed out 4,737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at ASU - Skysong about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $21,034. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ASU - Skysong is $92,550. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #8. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott is a small private not-for-profit school located in Prescott, Arizona that handed out 466 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Embry Riddle Prescott is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $38,027. 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 Embry Riddle Prescott is $167,699. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Embry Riddle Prescott is ranked #2 for overall quality in Arizona.

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University of Advancing Technology did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #9. University of Advancing Technology is located in Tempe, Arizona and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 135 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of Advancing Technology is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,597 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Advancing Technology is about $74,963. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

With a ranking of #10, Grand Canyon University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona list. This large private for-profit school is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and it awarded 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Grand Canyon University, 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 $24,402. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University be around $103,220. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

With a ranking of #11, Prescott College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Prescott, Arizona, and it awarded 104 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Prescot College graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,231 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Prescot College be around $136,167. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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#12

Arizona Christian University

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Christian University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona list. Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 138 students in 2018-2019.

At Arizona Christian University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,110 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Arizona Christian University is about $124,440. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 12 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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