Best Value Colleges in Louisiana

In terms of value of college education, Louisiana universities rank higher than many people might expect.  Read More

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1Louisiana Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$440,200
Total 4 Year Cost$69,400
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,840
2Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$410,300
Total 4 Year Cost$82,700
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,640
3Louisiana Tech University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$406,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,500
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,840
4Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$353,300
Total 4 Year Cost$139,700
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,640
5McNeese State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$309,600
Total 4 Year Cost$63,400
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,760
6University of New Orleans (UNO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$309,300
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
7Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$282,500
Total 4 Year Cost$230,500
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,240
8Southern University and A&M College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$273,700
Total 4 Year Cost$69,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$12,760
9McNeese State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$272,200
Total 4 Year Cost$100,800
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,760
10University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$269,600
Total 4 Year Cost$63,400
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,160
11University of New Orleans (UNO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$263,700
Total 4 Year Cost$119,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
12Southern University and A&M College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$259,700
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$12,760
13University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,160
14University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$198,400
Total 4 Year Cost$64,600
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,880
15Northwestern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$185,300
Total 4 Year Cost$67,700
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,840

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

The Lousiana College ROI Report addresses this precise subject. We calculated the net 20-year ROI to inform you how much more money you can expect to have earned in the 20 years after graduation than if you did not get a bachelor's degree.

The best value colleges in Louisiana are public schools. In first place is Louisiana Tech University. Students who live on campus pay $69,400, and the net 20-year ROI is the highest at $440,200. In second place is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Tuition for students who live on campus is equal to $82,700, and the net 20-year ROI is $410,300. Both of these educational institutions provide graduates with an excellent college return on investment in Louisiana. Both schools offer strong engineering programs and are located in the heart of the US oil industry, so alumni are close to future employers.

Louisiana Tech University is also third on the list of Louisiana college ROI report rankings. Out-of-state tuition is often higher than in-state tuition, so we calculated separate figures for the out-of-state population. It costs these students $103,500 to attend Louisiana Tech University, but they can expect the very respectable net 20-year ROI of $406,000. Those who obtain financial aid will do even better with a $439,900 net 20-year ROI.

As we move down the list to number four, we come across Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College again. Out-of-state tuition is equal to $139,700, and the net 20-year ROI equals $353,300. Those who receive financial aid can expect to earn $385,500 more than they could have earned as high school graduates.

The educational institution in the fifth spot is the public McNeese State University. In-state costs are equal to $63,000 for those who live on campus, and the net 20-year ROI that we calculated came to $309,600. This school costs $6,000 less than Louisiana Tech University, but McNeese State University's net 20-year ROI is also $130,600 less than that of our top-ranked school. Thinking of college in terms of ROI shows how choosing a school that costs $6,000 more to attend in four years can result in an increase of $130,600 over 20 years.

The most expensive school on our list is the private Tulane University, and it will cost your student $230,500 to attend. Graduates can expect to earn $282,500 more than a high school graduate over the course of 20 years. Tulane is located in the heart of New Orleans and is one of the most famous schools in the South, home to famous alumni including Newt Gingrich, David Filo (co-founder of Yahoo!), Lauren Hutton and Paul Michael Glaser.