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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho

7 Colleges
$18,604 Avg Cost*
4.5 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 Value Idaho Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 7 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value in Idaho. 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.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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 in Idaho

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#1

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

University of Idaho tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in Idaho. Idaho is located in Moscow, Idaho and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Idaho, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,130. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Idaho be around $77,256. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Idaho also made our Best Colleges in Idaho list, coming in at #1.

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#2

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, Idaho

Out of the 7 schools in Idaho that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of Idaho landed the #2 spot on the list. C of I is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Caldwell, Idaho. It awarded 195 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At C of I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $19,113 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from C of I is about $80,083. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. C of I not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Idaho list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Idaho list. BYU - I is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Rexburg, Idaho. It awarded 5,537 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At BYU - I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $10,451. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU - I be around $51,837. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 3.4% 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%. BYU - I also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in Idaho rankings.

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#4

Lewis - Clark State College

Lewiston, Idaho

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho list means Lewis - Clark State College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Lewiston, Idaho, the small public school awarded 626 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Lewis - Clark State College to complete their degree, and it costs about $14,875 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lewis - Clark State College is about $65,152. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Boise State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Idaho. Boise State University is a large public school located in Boise, Idaho that handed out 3,473 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Boise State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,446. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Boise State is $95,892. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Boise State also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in Idaho rankings.

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#6

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Idaho ranking, coming in at #6. Idaho State University is a fairly large public school located in Pocatello, Idaho that handed out 1,286 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at ISU to complete their degree, and it costs about $18,776 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ISU be around $88,810. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Northwest Nazarene University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Idaho list. NNU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nampa, Idaho. The school has a small population, and it awarded 340 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At NNU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,437. 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 NNU is $128,640. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. NNU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Idaho list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 7 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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