Best Value Colleges in Mississippi

By consulting the College ROI Report, Mississippi students and their parents can easily decide if their favorite Mississippi colleges pay off financially or will leave them with debt they can't afford.  Read More

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1Mississippi State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$281,300
Total 4 Year Cost$81,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,160
2University of Mississippi(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$280,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,480
3Mississippi State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$244,300
Total 4 Year Cost$118,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,160
4University of Mississippi(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$241,600
Total 4 Year Cost$121,400
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,480
5William Carey University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$144,900
Total 4 Year Cost$98,100
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$20,040
6University of Southern Mississippi (USM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$141,700
Total 4 Year Cost$75,300
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,880
7Mississippi University for Women(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$118,000
Total 4 Year Cost$63,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,280
8University of Southern Mississippi (USM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$109,400
Total 4 Year Cost$107,600
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,880
9Mississippi University for Women(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$82,700
Total 4 Year Cost$98,300
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,280
10Delta State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$23,400
Total 4 Year Cost$69,600
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,040
11Delta State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($1,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,040
12Jackson State University (JSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($64,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$77,600
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
13Jackson State University (JSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($97,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$110,900
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,200

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

Named after the mighty Mississippi River, the Magnolia State boasts incredible expanses of largely pristine wilderness that are interspersed with small but bustling cities. Whether you'd like to attend school in the state due to its reputation for southern charm or simply because you are drawn to the many high-quality schools that are located there, consider using PayScale's information to zero in on the best value colleges in Mississippi before you start applying.

With its location in somewhat far-flung Starkville, Mississippi State University is ranked 472nd nationally and has the top position in our Mississippi College ROI Report rankings. MSU, as it's commonly referred, was founded in 1878 and currently boasts a student population of more than 20,000. The average cost of an education from this school is around $81,700. MSU alums report a median return of investment of $281,300, and that figure increases to $311,000 when financial aid is factored in. In this way, Mississippi State University delivers the value of college education Mississippi residents can benefit from enormously, but there are other perks to attending school here as well. The university offers more than 160 academic degrees, and its highly ranked College of Veterinary Science is a particular standout. However, degrees in business and education tend to be among the most popular. As an MSU student, you'll enjoy access to more than 300 student organizations and can participate in the annual Bulldog Bash, the largest outdoor concert in the state.

Steeped in incredible southern tradition and lore, the University of Mississippi -- which is almost ubiquitously referred to as Ole Miss -- has the 474th slot in the national 20 Year Net ROI rankings. The cost of an education from this school, which is located in the lovely town of Oxford, averages around $83,000. However, the 20 Year Net ROI is $280,000 and increases to $309,000 with financial aid, so the school delivers a college return on investment Mississippi students can use to build strong careers. Famous for its fervent sports fans, who cheer on the Ole Miss Rebels with incredible enthusiasm, the university is the largest in the state. Its most popular degree programs include finance, marketing and elementary education and teaching, and its best-known graduate is author William Faulkner, who put the town of Oxford on the map through his incredible stream-of-consciousness prose. The school is also highly active in research. In 1963, the first human lung transplant was successfully performed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, which highlights why it's among the best value colleges Mississippi students can consider.