Best Value Colleges For Protective Service Careers

We all pretended to be firefighters and police offices when we were kids, and some of us grow up to pursue careers in law enforcement of public safety for real! Other jobs that fall under “Protective Service Occupations” include paramedic, park ranger, security guard and – everyone’s favorite – ski patrol.

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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
19.9%9.0%12.7%11.3%$568,000$550,000$609,000$591,000$102,000$120,00024%5$32,20052%
1Wayland Baptist University(Private)
Annual ROI9.9%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI12.7%
Annual ROI11.3%
20 Year Net ROI$568,000
20 Year Net ROI$550,000
20 Year Net ROI$609,000
20 Year Net ROI$591,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$32,200
Grant Money Received52%
28.8%8.4%10.9%10.3%$472,000$463,000$505,000$496,000$106,000$115,00070%4$33,40028%
2George Mason University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI10.3%
20 Year Net ROI$472,000
20 Year Net ROI$463,000
20 Year Net ROI$505,000
20 Year Net ROI$496,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,400
Grant Money Received28%
38.8%8.9%12.0%12.1%$442,000$444,000$486,000$487,000$100,000$99,00067%4$25,90026%
3Arizona State University-Tempe(In-State)
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROI12.0%
Annual ROI12.1%
20 Year Net ROI$442,000
20 Year Net ROI$444,000
20 Year Net ROI$486,000
20 Year Net ROI$487,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,900
Grant Money Received26%
48.4%8.0%12.1%11.3%$426,000$418,000$479,000$471,000$107,000$115,00084%4$24,30019%
4University of Washington-Seattle Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI12.1%
Annual ROI11.3%
20 Year Net ROI$426,000
20 Year Net ROI$418,000
20 Year Net ROI$479,000
20 Year Net ROI$471,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,300
Grant Money Received19%
55.8%5.6%6.9%6.6%$391,000$383,000$425,000$416,000$187,000$195,00070%4$33,40028%
5George Mason University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.6%
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
20 Year Net ROI$383,000
20 Year Net ROI$425,000
20 Year Net ROI$416,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,400
Grant Money Received28%
66.3%6.3%8.0%8.1%$383,000$384,000$426,000$428,000$160,000$159,00067%4$25,90026%
6Arizona State University-Tempe(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI8.1%
20 Year Net ROI$383,000
20 Year Net ROI$384,000
20 Year Net ROI$426,000
20 Year Net ROI$428,000
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,900
Grant Money Received26%
76.3%6.3%9.0%8.9%$342,000$341,000$398,000$397,000$143,000$144,00040%4$18,20044%
7Saint Leo University(Private)
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI8.9%
20 Year Net ROI$342,000
20 Year Net ROI$341,000
20 Year Net ROI$398,000
20 Year Net ROI$397,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$18,200
Grant Money Received44%
85.2%5.0%6.9%6.6%$339,000$331,000$392,000$384,000$194,000$202,00084%4$24,30019%
8University of Washington-Seattle Campus(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.2%
Annual ROI5.0%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.6%
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
20 Year Net ROI$331,000
20 Year Net ROI$392,000
20 Year Net ROI$384,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,300
Grant Money Received19%
97.2%6.6%9.7%8.8%$300,000$288,000$337,000$325,000$99,300$111,00086%4$32,40014%
9University of Maryland-College Park(In-State)
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI8.8%
20 Year Net ROI$300,000
20 Year Net ROI$288,000
20 Year Net ROI$337,000
20 Year Net ROI$325,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,400
Grant Money Received14%
106.4%5.5%9.7%8.2%$295,000$274,000$351,000$329,000$121,000$142,00080%4$30,30028%
10Rutgers University-New Brunswick(In-State)
Annual ROI6.4%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI9.7%
Annual ROI8.2%
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
20 Year Net ROI$274,000
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
20 Year Net ROI$329,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,300
Grant Money Received28%
116.8%6.8%9.4%9.4%$268,000$268,000$305,000$305,000$97,100$97,10080%5$26,60024%
11Texas A & M University-College Station(In-State)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.4%
20 Year Net ROI$268,000
20 Year Net ROI$268,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,100
Total 4 Year Cost$97,100
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,600
Grant Money Received24%
125.6%6.6%7.2%8.6%$256,000$278,000$289,000$311,000$129,000$107,00044%5$25,40058%
12CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice(In-State)
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROI8.6%
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
20 Year Net ROI$278,000
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,400
Grant Money Received58%
136.5%N/A8.8%N/A$252,000N/A$287,000N/A$101,000N/A53%5$30,30050%
13Western Illinois University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI8.8%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$252,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$30,300
Grant Money Received50%
146.9%7.0%8.4%8.5%$248,000$249,000$270,000$270,000$87,800$87,50080%4$28,50026%
14Florida State University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI7.0%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI8.5%
20 Year Net ROI$248,000
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,800
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,500
Grant Money Received26%
15 (tie)4.3%3.7%6.2%5.4%$235,000$214,000$291,000$269,000$181,000$202,00080%4$30,30028%
15 (tie)Rutgers University-New Brunswick(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI4.3%
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI6.2%
Annual ROI5.4%
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
20 Year Net ROI$214,000
20 Year Net ROI$291,000
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,300
Grant Money Received28%

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

Jobs in Protective Service usually require a degree of physical fitness along with any requisite training or knowledge, so if you like being active, and if you prefer work that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk, a career in this field may be for you.

If you’re considering a career in protective service, use PayScale’s College ROI report to make sure you don’t start your career at a disadvantage.


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