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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona

12 Colleges
$25,192 Avg Cost*
4.3 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value Arizona Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 12 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value 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. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as overall quality or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money in Arizona

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Arizona State University - Tempe tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in Arizona. Arizona State University - Tempe is a large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 10,401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ASU - Tempe is 4.3 years, and it costs about $20,439 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ASU - Tempe is $87,888. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Arizona State University - West helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Arizona. Glendale, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 932 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ASU - West is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,624. This means that the average student pays around $87,240 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - West. 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%. 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 be in good company if you decide to attend University of Arizona. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona list. 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.

The average student at Arizona graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,643. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona is $93,714. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona 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 average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,975. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Downtown Phoenix is about $96,036. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. 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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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Arizona State University - Polytechnic helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Arizona. Located in Mesa, Arizona, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,039 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 - Polytechnic is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,325. 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 - Polytechnic is $91,484. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona ranking. This large public school is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and 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 on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,924. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NAU be around $91,019. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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. Scottsdale, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,737 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at ASU - Skysong about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,266. This means that the average student pays around $102,370 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Skysong. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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With a ranking of #8, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona list. Embry Riddle Prescott is located in Prescott, Arizona and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 466 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Embry Riddle Prescott is 4.4 years, and it costs about $40,008 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Embry Riddle Prescott is $176,435. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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 landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking. This small private for-profit school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 135 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at University of Advancing Technology about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,197. 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 University of Advancing Technology is $86,039. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona ranking. Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Grand Canyon University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,453. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University is about $111,896. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Arizona list. Located in Prescott, Arizona, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 104 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Prescot College graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $31,629 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Prescot College is about $137,902. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Arizona Christian University

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Christian University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 138 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Arizona Christian University graduates in less than 4.0 years, and it costs about $32,817 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Arizona Christian University is $131,268. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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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