Best Value Colleges in Nebraska

The Nebraska College ROI Report provides useful information for students and parents who are looking for Nebraska colleges that provide the highest return on their educational investments.  Read More

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1University of Nebraska - Lincoln(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$329,600
Total 4 Year Cost$83,400
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,720
2Creighton University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$319,300
Total 4 Year Cost$183,700
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,360
3University of Nebraska - Lincoln(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$279,500
Total 4 Year Cost$133,500
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,720
4 (tie)Peru State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,400
Total 4 Year Cost$60,600
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,640
4 (tie)Peru State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$262,400
Total 4 Year Cost$60,600
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,640
6Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$206,400
Total 4 Year Cost$146,600
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
7University of Nebraska at Omaha(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$185,800
Total 4 Year Cost$77,200
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,640
8University of Nebraska at Omaha(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$145,300
Total 4 Year Cost$117,700
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,640
9University of Nebraska at Kearney(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$105,700
Total 4 Year Cost$75,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
10Chadron State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$90,200
Total 4 Year Cost$60,800
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,440
11University of Nebraska at Kearney(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$83,900
Total 4 Year Cost$97,500
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
12Chadron State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$78,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,440
13Wayne State College - Wayne, NE(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$35,800
Total 4 Year Cost$59,200
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,720
14Wayne State College - Wayne, NE(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$19,500
Total 4 Year Cost$75,500
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,720
-Bellevue University - Bellevue, NE(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$12,560

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

Consisting mostly of farmland and vast, rural expanses, Nebraska also happens to be home to several colleges and universities that deliver solid ROI. Students attending school in the Cornhusker State don't just enjoy good values for college education; they also enjoy living in a centrally located state that's the perfect starting point for many road trip adventures. No matter why you'd like to attend school in this vast, intriguing state, consider availing yourself of PayScale's data to more easily zero in on the best value colleges in Nebraska prior to applying.

The top slot in our Nebraska College ROI Report rankings goes to the University of Nebraska, which is located in Lincoln. Referred to as UNL or simply Nebraska, the school was founded in 1869, just a few years after statehood was achieved. While it has a strong academic reputation, the school is probably even better known for its sports programs. The Cornhuskers are in the Big 10 Conference and have won five national championships. The average cost of a UNL education is $83,400. Alumni of the school report a median return of investment of $329,600. That number increases to $356,600 when financial aid is included, highlighting that the school offers a college return on investment Nebraska students can use to kick-start successful careers. Some of the most notable alumni of the school are found in the fields of science, research, public service and business, and they include three Nobel Prize winners, eight Pulitzer Prize winners and 22 Rhodes scholars among their ranks.

Located just outside of downtown Omaha, the private, not-for-profit Creighton University is ranked 351st nationally in terms of 20 Year Net ROI. Alumni of the school, which is made up of nine colleges and schools, report a median return of investment of $319,300 without financial aid and $396,200 with it. Students enjoy access to more than 200 organizations and clubs along with a value of college education Nebraska families are sure to appreciate.

Founded in 1865, Peru State College is the first and oldest institute of higher learning in the Cornhusker State. Its beautiful campus is nicknamed the "Campus of a Thousand Oaks," and it's located in Peru, which is about 70 miles south of Omaha. The 20 Year Net ROI of Peru State College is $262,400, and that figure jumps to $280,100 with financial aid. Made up of three schools -- the School of Education, the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies -- Peru State College is one of the best value colleges Nebraska students graduate from.