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 rankings.  Read More

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1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Prescott, AZ(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$621,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
2University of Arizona(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$447,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,400
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
3Grand Canyon University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$435,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate28%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
4Arizona State University (ASU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$417,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
5University of Arizona(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$379,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
6Arizona State University (ASU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$363,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
7Northern Arizona University (NAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$231,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,600
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
8Northern Arizona University (NAU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
-Western International University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate2%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$23,000

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

Students who want to join top-flight athletics programs or study in exciting technical fields will find high-value programs in Arizona that meet their needs. Of course, students also enjoy the rugged, desert beauty of the state that calls itself home to the Grand Canyon.

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 $621,000 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 $664,000. Embry-Riddle outshines the other schools in the state by almost $180,000 when it comes down to ROI. In fact, the school ranks 52nd in the nation in terms of return on investment.

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 choose to attend University of Arizona, home of the Wildcats. Arizona's first university (founded in 1885), UA offers a 20-year return of $447,000 for students who don't receive financial aid and $488,000 for those who do receive aid. U of A is also Arizona's only member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of North America's premier research institutions. The school is home to many notable alumni including Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney, singer Linda Ronstadt, film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, author Barbara Kingsolver, actor Greg Kinnear and several NASA astronauts.

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.