Best Value Colleges in Kansas

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1Ottawa University - Ottawa, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$470,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
2University of Kansas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
3Kansas State University (KSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$343,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,500
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
4 (tie)Southwestern College - Winfield, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
4 (tie)University of Kansas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
6Kansas State University (KSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
7Wichita State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$281,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,400
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
8Baker University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$257,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
9Wichita State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
10Newman University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
11Washburn University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$213,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,600
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
12Pittsburg State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$209,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,200
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
13Fort Hays State University (FHSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$190,000
Total 4 Year Cost$66,500
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
14University of Saint Mary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
15Washburn University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$184,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,900
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800

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

If you are a student, you need to find an educational institution that will provide you with a quality education at a price that you can afford, and the degree you earn should also entitle you to a salary that is higher than what you could command if you hadn't attended college.

The Sunflower State is famous for agriculture, the Missouri River, In Cold Blood, Langston Hughes, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The best value colleges in Kansas offer you the highest net 20-year ROI. This number is the sum of money that you can expect to have earned 20 years after graduating from the school minus the cost of attending and the amount you would have earned if you only held a high school degree.

If you plan to attend public Kansas State University, you'll be going to school at the oldest institution of higher learning in Kansas. The University is comprised of nine colleges, including the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Technology and Aviation, spread over 668 acres. When the college opened in 1863, it became only the second public institution of higher learning to admit women and men equally in the United States.