Best Value Colleges For Education Careers

Working in an Education, Training or Library Occupation is an admirable pursuit. Teachers – and the professionals who support them – are molding the next generation, and/or imparting knowledge to students who will then go out and use it in their career, and life. Similarly, librarians are the guardians and curators of knowledge, share resources and teaching the skills it takes to distinguish good information from bad, an increasingly important skill in today’s “fake news” era.

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School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
13.1%3.7%7.8%9.5%$110,000$124,000$189,000$203,000$133,000$118,00091%4$25,30030%
1University of California-Los Angeles(In-State)
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI9.5%
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
20 Year Net ROI$124,000
20 Year Net ROI$189,000
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,300
Grant Money Received30%
22.7%3.5%6.6%8.8%$96,300$118,000$171,000$192,000$139,000$118,00092%4$23,90023%
2University of California-Berkeley(In-State)
Annual ROI2.7%
Annual ROI3.5%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI8.8%
20 Year Net ROI$96,300
20 Year Net ROI$118,000
20 Year Net ROI$171,000
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
33.2%3.2%5.2%5.1%$80,600$80,000$109,000$108,000$90,600$91,20072%4$26,70031%
3SUNY Oneonta(In-State)
Annual ROI3.2%
Annual ROI3.2%
Annual ROI5.2%
Annual ROI5.1%
20 Year Net ROI$80,600
20 Year Net ROI$80,000
20 Year Net ROI$109,000
20 Year Net ROI$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,600
Total 4 Year Cost$91,200
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,700
Grant Money Received31%
43.3%2.8%6.9%5.9%$74,900$66,100$115,000$106,000$80,800$89,60057%5$19,00064%
4California State University-Fresno(In-State)
Annual ROI3.3%
Annual ROI2.8%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI5.9%
20 Year Net ROI$74,900
20 Year Net ROI$66,100
20 Year Net ROI$115,000
20 Year Net ROI$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,800
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$19,000
Grant Money Received64%
52.9%3.1%5.4%5.7%$71,600$74,500$107,000$110,000$92,100$89,20069%5$21,90046%
5California State University-Chico(In-State)
Annual ROI2.9%
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI5.7%
20 Year Net ROI$71,600
20 Year Net ROI$74,500
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,100
Total 4 Year Cost$89,200
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$21,900
Grant Money Received46%
62.3%1.5%5.5%4.0%$70,700$49,000$126,000$105,000$121,000$142,00080%4$30,30028%
6Rutgers University-New Brunswick(In-State)
Annual ROI2.3%
Annual ROI1.5%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI4.0%
20 Year Net ROI$70,700
20 Year Net ROI$49,000
20 Year Net ROI$126,000
20 Year Net ROI$105,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,300
Grant Money Received28%
72.8%2.7%5.1%4.9%$68,200$65,800$101,000$98,400$91,400$93,80069%5$21,60048%
7California State University-Long Beach(In-State)
Annual ROI2.8%
Annual ROI2.7%
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI4.9%
20 Year Net ROI$68,200
20 Year Net ROI$65,800
20 Year Net ROI$101,000
20 Year Net ROI$98,400
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Total 4 Year Cost$93,800
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$21,600
Grant Money Received48%
82.3%1.9%4.2%3.6%$60,300$51,900$93,600$85,200$106,000$115,00070%4$33,40028%
8George Mason University(In-State)
Annual ROI2.3%
Annual ROI1.9%
Annual ROI4.2%
Annual ROI3.6%
20 Year Net ROI$60,300
20 Year Net ROI$51,900
20 Year Net ROI$93,600
20 Year Net ROI$85,200
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,400
Grant Money Received28%
92.4%1.8%4.9%3.9%$56,100$44,200$91,900$80,100$94,000$106,00051%5$24,70037%
9University of Houston(In-State)
Annual ROI2.4%
Annual ROI1.8%
Annual ROI4.9%
Annual ROI3.9%
20 Year Net ROI$56,100
20 Year Net ROI$44,200
20 Year Net ROI$91,900
20 Year Net ROI$80,100
Total 4 Year Cost$94,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received37%
102.1%2.1%3.5%3.5%$52,600$52,600$75,400$75,400$100,000$100,00080%5$22,50011%
10California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo(In-State)
Annual ROI2.1%
Annual ROI2.1%
Annual ROI3.5%
Annual ROI3.5%
20 Year Net ROI$52,600
20 Year Net ROI$52,600
20 Year Net ROI$75,400
20 Year Net ROI$75,400
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$22,500
Grant Money Received11%
111.8%1.8%3.5%3.5%$42,800$42,900$71,900$72,000$101,000$101,00063%5$26,90028%
11Oregon State University(In-State)
Annual ROI1.8%
Annual ROI1.8%
Annual ROI3.5%
Annual ROI3.5%
20 Year Net ROI$42,800
20 Year Net ROI$42,900
20 Year Net ROI$71,900
20 Year Net ROI$72,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,900
Grant Money Received28%
121.4%1.4%2.7%2.6%$41,800$41,200$70,300$69,700$129,000$130,00072%4$26,70031%
12SUNY Oneonta(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI1.4%
Annual ROI1.4%
Annual ROI2.7%
Annual ROI2.6%
20 Year Net ROI$41,800
20 Year Net ROI$41,200
20 Year Net ROI$70,300
20 Year Net ROI$69,700
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,700
Grant Money Received31%
131.4%1.6%5.5%6.0%$39,700$44,800$109,000$114,000$125,000$120,00087%4$22,80026%
13University of California-San Diego(In-State)
Annual ROI1.4%
Annual ROI1.6%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI6.0%
20 Year Net ROI$39,700
20 Year Net ROI$44,800
20 Year Net ROI$109,000
20 Year Net ROI$114,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$22,800
Grant Money Received26%
141.9%2.0%5.0%5.1%$39,200$39,800$77,200$77,800$84,400$83,80072%4$29,00023%
14University of Iowa(In-State)
Annual ROI1.9%
Annual ROI2.0%
Annual ROI5.0%
Annual ROI5.1%
20 Year Net ROI$39,200
20 Year Net ROI$39,800
20 Year Net ROI$77,200
20 Year Net ROI$77,800
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Total 4 Year Cost$83,800
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,000
Grant Money Received23%
151.4%1.4%3.5%3.5%$35,800$35,600$74,100$73,900$113,000$113,00071%4$26,20030%
15Rowan University(In-State)
Annual ROI1.4%
Annual ROI1.4%
Annual ROI3.5%
Annual ROI3.5%
20 Year Net ROI$35,800
20 Year Net ROI$35,600
20 Year Net ROI$74,100
20 Year Net ROI$73,900
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$26,200
Grant Money Received30%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

Those who pursue a career in education or library occupations may not see large salaries, but the emotional rewards of sharing knowledge are often cited as being adequate compensation. Additionally, the opportunity to research subjects of interest in great detail often appeals to those who pursue a career in education.

If you’re considering going to college to study Education, Training and Library Occupations, use PayScale’s College ROI report to make sure you don’t start your career at a disadvantage.


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