Best Value Colleges in Alabama

PayScale's report on the best value colleges in Alabama is based on the cost to earn a degree versus future earning potential.  Read More

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1University of Alabama in Huntsville(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$500,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,100
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
2University of Alabama in Huntsville(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$452,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
3Auburn University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$367,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
4Auburn University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$300,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
5Tuskegee University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$292,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
6University of Alabama - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
7University of South Alabama(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$275,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,300
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
8University of South Alabama(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$248,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
9Troy University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,600
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
10 (tie)Alabama A&M University (AAMU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$230,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,700
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
10 (tie)University of Alabama - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$230,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
12 (tie)Troy University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
12 (tie)University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,200
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
14Alabama A&M University (AAMU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
15University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000

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

Whether you're thinking about spending your collegiate years in Alabama because of its natural beauty, culture or even it's fascinating history, you can use PayScale's data to research the perfect Alabama college with the highest return on your tuition dollars.

The University of Alabama - Huntsville frequently lands near the tops of our list for the best value colleges in the state of Alabama. UAH was founded in 1961, and the public university has consistently ranked among the top Alabama schools in past PayScale reports. At UAH, you can choose from 83 degree programs, including 38 bachelors, 29 Masters, and 16 PhD programs. Because of Huntsville's recent economic growth in technology, UAH has become best known for its engineering and science programs. You might be surprised to find out that UAH is a Space Grant university, and scientists at UAH managed the very first commercial, non-government rocket programs in the US.

In general, public colleges tend to be large and are not the best fit for everyone. If you have your heart set on attending a private school in Alabama, Tuskegee University is an excellent choice compared to other private colleges in Alabama. Tuskegee University was the first historically black college to offer an accredited BS degree in aerospace engineering.

The majority of Alabama institutions that made our list for best value colleges are public. Despite its cost, Auburn University is a worthwhile option to consider. Auburn has a student population of around 25,000 and is best known for its programs in pharmacy and veterinary science. The school is even credited with offering the first interior architecture degree program.

Whatever college you decide to attend, going to school in the state of Alabama ensures you will get a great education, a low cost of living and a true, southern experience. Bonus points if you're a sports buff. The University of Alabama boasts the Crimson Tide football team, perhaps one of the most well-known college football teams in the US. If you're heading to Bryant-Denny stadium to catch the Crimson Tide in action, you can expect to hang out with over 100.000 other fans. If you have problems with crowds, Auburn University Tigers bring in a smaller mass; only about 80,000 fans per game.