Best Value Colleges For Technology Careers

A career in tech is a smart choice if you want to see maximum return on investment for the money you spend on your education.

According to PayScale's College ROI Report technology careers can lead to some of the highest returns on investment for your dollar -- but choosing the right school can mean a difference of up to one million dollars over the first 20 years of your career.

Tech jobs, which include job titles such as software developer, product manager, program manager, IT administration, web developer, UX designer, data scientist, statistician and more, are in high demand in today's economy.  Read More

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-SUNY - Empire State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-CUNY - John Jay College Criminal Justice(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
-Thomas Edison State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan AmtN/A
-Wilmington University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$13,000
-Franklin University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate14%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
-University of Colorado - Denver Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-Northeastern Illinois University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate22%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,000
-Louisiana State University - Shreveport(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,100
-CUNY - Brooklyn College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,600
-Thomas Edison State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan AmtN/A
-National Louis University(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
-University of Baltimore(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,700
-CUNY - John Jay College Criminal Justice(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000

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

You don't have to major in computer science or math in order to work in tech either -- many tech jobs are held by people who studied a wide variety of subjects other than computer engineering in college. So even if you earn your bachelor's degree in humanities, communication, or even and design, as long as you also take classes (or teach yourself) in technical skills like programming, coding, statistics and engineering, you can land a high-paying tech career.

Since Northern California's Silicon Valley is the heart of the tech industry, it isn't surprising that many of the College ROIs seen by technology workers come from the surrounding area. Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, consistently provides high 20-year ROIs for students who attend the school. Despite the fact that Stanford is an expensive private school, Stanford students usually do so well, especially in the tech field, that it is one of the best college values around for math and science careers. In nearby Berkeley, California, alumni of UC Berkeley also usually see an extraordinarily high college return on investment if technology careers are in their future. Even out-of-state residents, who pay significantly more to attend a University of California school, get a great value.

On the East Coast, Ivy League school Columbia University typically delivers a robust 20-year net ROI for tech students. Located in Manhattan in New York City, Columbia equips students with a strong network of both established blue-chip employers and up and coming tech start-ups.

Other schools to consider if you want the highest college return on investment technology careers can offer include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, it's hard to find a college with a low return on investment if you end up working in tech.