Best Value Colleges in Arizona

Students and their families can find important information about the return on investment for a variety of schools in the Arizona College ROI Report.  Read More

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1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Prescott, AZ(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$603,700
Total 4 Year Cost$179,300
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$46,000
2Arizona State University (ASU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$398,700
Total 4 Year Cost$94,300
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,240
3University of Arizona(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$388,300
Total 4 Year Cost$94,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,880
4Arizona State University (ASU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$346,600
Total 4 Year Cost$146,400
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,240
5University of Arizona(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,600
Total 4 Year Cost$160,400
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,880
6Northern Arizona University (NAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$224,100
Total 4 Year Cost$88,900
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,280
7Northern Arizona University (NAU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,280
-University of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate16%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$33,520

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Though a small state, Arizona boasts four colleges that have a return on investment over 20 years of at least $180,000. Students who want to join top-flight athletics programs or study in exciting technical fields will find high-value programs in the state that meet their needs. Of course, students also enjoy the rugged, desert beauty of the state that calls itself home to the Grand Canyon. If you're planning on going to college in Arizona, consider checking out the data in PayScale's College ROI Report to determine which schools are the best value colleges in Arizona.

There's no doubt that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tops the rankings for Arizona colleges when it comes to return on investment. Students who study at Embry-Riddle earn a total ROI of $603,700 over 20 years even when they don't receive financial aid. When you factor in the average amount of financial aid given to students, that number rises to $646,900. Embry-Riddle outshines the other schools in the state by at least $200,000 when it comes down to ROI. In fact, the school ranks in the top 50 best schools in the nation in terms of ROI.

Perhaps you wonder why alumni of Embry-Riddle earn such a high return on investment. High returns are largely because the school is regarded as one of the best for students who want to pursue careers in security and intelligence, space, engineering, aviation and applied sciences. Business leaders and government agencies love to hire alums of this prestigious university. Embry-Riddle is a private university and also has a campus in Daytona, Florida.

Students who want to study a diverse array of fields and catch the best in collegiate sports can also attend one of the best value colleges in Arizona. Second in the PayScale rankings is Arizona State University, home of the Sun Devils. Centered in Tempe, ASU offers a 20-year return of $398,700 for students who don't receive financial aid and $436,500 for those who do receive aid. ASU boasts an upbeat, vibrant atmosphere and great research and academic opportunities. The school is home to many notable alumni including Pat Tillman, Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds and Terrell Suggs. Jimmy Kimmell and Al Michaels are also ASU alums.

In Arizona, best value colleges abound, and that's a good thing if you have your heart set on earning your bachelor's degree in the desert. The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, provides a balanced education and great value for students. Over 20 years, students who don't receive financial aid see a return of $388,300 while those who do receive aid see a return of $430,000. Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat represent the school's athletes, who participate in the Division 1 PAC-12 conference. UA has received high ratings in several college guides and is considered one of the top 50 universities in the nation.

Rounding out the entries on the College ROI Report Arizona is another public school, Northern Arizona University. Students of this Flagstaff school enjoy the beauty of Arizona's high plains. Alumni also enjoy the benefits of an excellent education and a 20-year ROI of $224,100. Alumni who received financial aid while at the school stand to earn a return of $256,800. NAU runs three dozen satellite campuses and an online learning program.

Arizona schools offer everything from rigorous academic programs to exciting sporting events to great extracurricular activities. If you're considering studying in Arizona, take a look at PayScale's College ROI Report to get essential information about how you can realize the greatest return for your investment in higher education.