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

17 Colleges
$21,744 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 has developed its Best Nebraska Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking as one tool you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 17 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Nebraska. 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 Nebraska

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#1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska

Our analysis found University of Nebraska - Lincoln to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Nebraska in this year’s ranking. UNL is a large public school situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. It awarded 4,859 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNL is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,124 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNL is about $72,236. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 3.5% 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%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UNL is ranked #2 for overall quality in Nebraska.

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A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list means University of Nebraska at Kearney is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. This medium-sized public school is located in Kearney, Nebraska, and it awarded 850 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UNK about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,197 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNK is $69,146. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.6% 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%.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Nebraska at Omaha helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Nebraska. University of Nebraska at Omaha is a fairly large public school located in Omaha, Nebraska that handed out 2,281 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at UNOMAHA graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $14,096 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNOMAHA is $66,251. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Clarkson College

Omaha, Nebraska

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list means Clarkson College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Clarkson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Omaha, Nebraska that handed out 142 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Clarkson College to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,870 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clarkson College is about $77,744. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.0%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#5

Wayne State College

Wayne, Nebraska

Out of the 17 schools in Nebraska that were part of this year’s ranking, Wayne State College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Wayne, Nebraska, the small public school handed out 592 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WSC is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $13,625 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSC is about $60,768. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

College of Saint Mary

Omaha, Nebraska

College of Saint Mary ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. College of Saint Mary is a small private not-for-profit school located in Omaha, Nebraska that handed out 159 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Saint Mary is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,743 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 Saint Mary is $92,843. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Nebraska ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Creighton, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $34,713 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Creighton be around $144,059. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.2%, 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, Creighton is ranked #1 for overall quality in Nebraska.

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Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska ranking. Nebraska Methodist College is located in Omaha, Nebraska and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 180 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Nebraska Methodist College is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,188 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Methodist College be around $117,846. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.6%, 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, Nebraska Methodist College is ranked #4 for overall quality in Nebraska.

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#9

Chadron State College

Chadron, Nebraska

Chadron State College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. Chadron State College is a small public school located in Chadron, Nebraska that handed out 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Chadron State College graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $15,771 per year to attend the school. 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 Chadron State College is $71,600. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Peru State College

Peru, Nebraska

Peru State College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska ranking. Peru State is a public institution located in Peru, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 311 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Peru State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,371 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Peru State be around $67,544. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Hastings College

Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. Hastings is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hastings, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 260 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Hastings is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,055 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Hastings is $94,987. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#12

Doane University

Crete, Nebraska

With a ranking of #12, Doane University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. Located in Crete, Nebraska, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 476 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Doane Crete graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $29,699 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Doane Crete be around $125,627. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#13

Concordia University - Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

With a ranking of #13, Concordia University - Nebraska did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. Seward, Nebraska is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 378 students in 2018-2019.

At Concordia, 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 $23,566. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Concordia be around $99,684. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#14

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Nebraska ranking, coming in at #14. NWU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The school has a small population, and it awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at NWU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,495 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NWU is about $132,909. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. NWU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges in Nebraska list.

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#15

Union College Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

With a ranking of #15, Union College Nebraska did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it awarded 151 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Union College Lincoln graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,048 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 Union College Lincoln is $110,621. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#16

York College

York, Nebraska

York College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Nebraska ranking, coming in at #16. Located in York, Nebraska, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 76 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At York College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,148 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from York College be around $84,634. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#17

Midland University

Fremont, Nebraska

Midland University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Nebraska list. Midland U is located in Fremont, Nebraska and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 257 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Midland U, 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 $27,936. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Midland U is $116,772. 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 17 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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