More Great Values in Private Colleges

Today’s College Made Simple follows up on our last story… An inside look at some of the private schools from the Kiplinger list of the 100 best value privates colleges in the country.

Part 1 featured Rice University and Duke University. Below — 3 more great “bang for your buck” private schools…

– Scott

More Great Values in Private Colleges

#3- Stanford University

Like the other schools on this list, Stanford has no trouble meeting 100% of student need, and it awards need-based aid to over half of its students.

Stanford is about as selective as Harvard, with a 7% acceptance rate. If you make it in – you could be rewarded with an education on par with the Ivies and graduate with an amazing average debt of only $14,058.

Stanford also awards non-need based aid (merit scholarships, etc) to a quarter of its students… making it even easier to pay for this extremely prestigious education.

#4- University of Richmond

Richmond’s acceptance rate of 33% is slightly more attainable but still selective enough to indicate high academic quality.

With a higher four-year graduation rate than Stanford, and a cost of only $18,468 after meeting need-based aid, Richmond most certainly meets our criteria for value.

This university’s average financial aid packages are amongst the best on Kiplinger’s list for non-need based aid, and you don’t have to sacrifice education for cost-effectiveness.

#5- Washington University in St. Louis

“Wash U.” demonstrates excellent quality with a selective 21% acceptance rate, a 97% freshman retention, an 86% four-year graduation rate, and a remarkable student to faculty ratio of 7:1 for a school of over 7,000.

Although it does not provide a lot of non-need based aid, it still fulfills 100% of financial need and manages to drop its high $56,000 price tag to only $26,509 after need-based aid is met.

The high quality ratings, paired with mostly solid financial numbers, makes Washington University one of the best values available in private colleges.

These schools demonstrate that, despite the price tag, there are still great values in the private college market.

Good luck with your search and make sure you’re getting the most for every penny spent.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold
Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC
Publisher, – The free educational resource of College Planning Network

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.