2022 Best Schools for the Money (No Aid) in Ohio

108 Colleges
$6,354 Avg Undergrad Tuition & Fees*
$10,628 Avg Room & Board*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking as one thing you can use to help make this decision.

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Your Choice of School Matters

We analyzed 108 schools across Ohio to determine which have the best value programs. Instead of depending on subjective information to rank the best value schools, we focus on objective factors in our analysis. In the next few paragraphs, we'll talk a little about what we use in our analysis and why.

Our Methodology

Our Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking is determined by first looking at the combined costs of average tuition, fees, and room and board before any aid is applied. But, a school that excels in providing value for your money must also be a great school overall as well.

To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Find out more about our best value ranking methodology.

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Want to see the list of best value schools for families with specific income levels or whether or not aid is being applied? Click on one of the tiles above. If you'd rather work on your degree in a specific area of the country, you might be interested in our rankings by place. Also, you may want to check out our other college rankings.

If you know what major you want to study, check out our list of the best value schools by major. If you're interested in other degree levels, you can view one of the lists below.

Best Value Schools (No Aid) in Ohio

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Our analysis found Cuyahoga Community College District to be the best value (no aid) school in Ohio in this year’s ranking. Cuyahoga Community College District is a fairly large public school situated in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cuyahoga Community College District has the honor of being ranked #26 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost without aid for the school is $10,322 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $6,000 per year for graduate students.

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A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list means Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is a great place for students working on their degree. This medium-sized public school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has the honor of being ranked #27 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost without aid for the school is $10,170 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $5,130 per year for graduate students.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbus State Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the school is a large public institution.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Columbus State Community College is ranked #24 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $12,556 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $7,668 a year.

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Out of the 108 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Eastern Gateway Community College landed the #4 spot on the list. Eastern Gateway Community College is a large public school located in Steubenville, Ohio.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Eastern Gateway Community College is ranked #51 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost without aid for the school is $7,626 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $3,600 per year for graduate students.

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A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list means Kent State University at Stark is a great place for students working on their degree. Kent State University at Stark is a small public school located in Canton, Ohio.

Not only is Kent State University at Stark a great value, but it is also ranked #25 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $14,912 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $20,562 per year for graduate students.

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University of Northwestern Ohio ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Lima, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a private not-for-profit school.

Not only is University of Northwestern Ohio a great value, but it is also ranked #11 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $18,688 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $17,698 a year.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Located in Blue Ash, Ohio, the school is a medium-sized public institution.

Not only is University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College a great value, but it is also ranked #14 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $18,023 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $11,874 per year for graduate students.

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Sinclair Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Sinclair Community College is ranked #55 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost without aid for the school is $9,378 a year for undergraduates. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $5,049 a year.

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Ohio State University - Newark Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Ohio State University - Newark Campus is a public institution located in Newark, Ohio.

Ohio State University - Newark Campus has the honor of being ranked #19 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost without aid for the school is $17,661 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $21,160 per year for graduate students.

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Lorain County Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. LCCC is a public institution located in Elyria, Ohio.

Not only is Lorain County Community College a great value, but it is also ranked #49 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost without aid for the school is $10,785 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $6,385 per year for graduate students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the school is a large public institution.

Not only is Ohio State University - Main Campus a great value, but it is also ranked #6 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $24,584 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $25,491 per year for graduate students.

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Central Ohio Technical College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking, coming in at #12. COTC is a public institution located in Newark, Ohio.

Not only is Central Ohio Technical College a great value, but it is also ranked #46 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost without aid for the school is $12,408 a year for undergraduates. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $7,632 a year.

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#13

Owens Community College

Perrysburg, Ohio

Owens Community College landed the #13 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Owens State Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Owens Community College has the honor of being ranked #60 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost without aid for the school is $10,566 a year for undergraduates. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $4,864 a year.

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James A Rhodes State College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking, coming in at #14. Rhodes State College is a public institution located in Lima, Ohio.

Not only is James A Rhodes State College a great value, but it is also ranked #58 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $11,633 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $7,308 per year for graduate students.

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Bowling Green State University - Firelands came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Huron, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Bowling Green State University - Firelands is ranked #39 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost without aid for the school is $15,807 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $10,648 per year for graduate students.

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Ohio University - Southern Campus came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Ohio University - Southern Campus is a small public school located in Ironton, Ohio.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Ohio University - Southern Campus is ranked #67 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost without aid for the school is $11,816 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $6,142 per year for graduate students.

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Marion Technical College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking, coming in at #17. Marion, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

Marion Technical College has the honor of being ranked #71 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $10,565 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $5,000 a year.

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#18

North Central State College

Mansfield, Ohio

North Central State College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. North Central State College is a small public school located in Mansfield, Ohio.

North Central State College has the honor of being ranked #75 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $10,388 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $4,902 per year for graduate students.

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#19

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, Ohio

With a ranking of #19, Union Institute & University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Union Institute & University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to being included on this ranking as a good value, Union Institute & University is ranked #8 for quality in the state of Ohio. The average cost without aid for the school is $27,194 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $28,376 per year for graduate students.

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#20

Lakeland Community College

Kirtland, Ohio

Lakeland Community College landed the #20 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Kirtland, Ohio is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

Lakeland Community College has the honor of being ranked #72 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $11,403 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $6,911 a year.

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University of Cincinnati - Clermont College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Batavia, Ohio is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. It is a public school.

University of Cincinnati - Clermont College has the honor of being ranked #43 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost without aid for the school is $17,622 a year for undergraduates. The average cost without aid for the school is $11,874 per year for graduate students.

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#22

Clark State Community College

Springfield, Ohio

Clark State Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Located in Springfield, Ohio, the school is a medium-sized public institution.

Clark State Community College has the honor of being ranked #78 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $10,112 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $6,080 a year.

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#23

Stark State College

North Canton, Ohio

Stark State College landed the #23 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Stark State College is a fairly large public school located in North Canton, Ohio.

Stark State College has the honor of being ranked #81 in Ohio for overall quality on top of being a good value. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $9,666 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $5,356 a year.

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With a ranking of #24, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. UC is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a large student population. It is a public school.

Not only is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus a great value, but it is also ranked #16 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $23,275 a year. The average cost without aid for the school is $26,776 per year for graduate students.

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Ohio University - Lancaster Campus did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking, coming in at #25. Ohio University - Lancaster Campus is a small public school located in Lancaster, Ohio.

Not only is Ohio University - Lancaster Campus a great value, but it is also ranked #74 in Ohio for overall quality. The average cost for undergraduates to attend the school if you don’t receive any aid is $11,816 a year. The average cost to attend the school for graduate students if you don’t receive any aid is $6,142 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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