Best Value Colleges in Delaware

Since it's one of the smallest states in the nation, it's no surprise that Delaware only has three schools included in PayScale's College ROI Report this year.

However, if you are looking for the best value college Delaware can offer, then the Delaware College ROI Report can guide you to make a smart decision.

You will find the University of Delaware in Neward, Delaware at the top of the list of best value colleges Delaware has to offer.  Read More

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1University of Delaware(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$484,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
2University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$414,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
3Delaware State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,300
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
4Delaware State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$159,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
-Wilmington University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$13,000

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

The University of Delaware provides both in-state and out-of-state students with a good value for the cost of a bachelor's degree. In-state students can expect to earn a 20-year net ROI of $484,000 if they pay full price to attend the college. If they are one of the 73 percent of students who receive financial aid, that number soars to $517,000. The University of Delaware has a student body of 21,856 students, the vast majority of which are undergrads earning their bachelor's degree. The typical student graduates within four years, and the school has a 79 percent graduation rate overall. Founded in 1743, UD had a big role in American independence -- three of its original 10 students went on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

The University of Delaware has by far the best college ROI in Delaware. Delaware State University, another public college located in Dover Delaware, sees lower ROI figures. Delaware State is a historically black college, and 89 percent of its students receive financial aid of some sort. Fifty-three percent of all DSU students qualify for federal Pell Grants, indicating that many students from low-income backgrounds attend this school. With a 20-year net ROI of $192,000 for in-state students, it is the lowest college ROI in Delaware.

Wilmington State University is the only private school in Delaware on our list. The school, which has only been around since 1968, has seven campuses and a well-known education program. With many students at Wilmington studying education, it's no surprise that they don't report higher ROI numbers, since teaching is notoriously low-paying, even though it's one of the most important jobs in society. There is no doubt that this school provides alumni with a valuable, meaningful education, but if you want a high financial college return on investment, Delaware may have better options to consider.