Best Value Colleges in Alabama

PayScale's report on the best value colleges in Alabama is based on the cost to earn a degree versus future earning potential.  Read More

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16Jacksonville State University (JSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,700
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
17Samford University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$145,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,700
18Jacksonville State University (JSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$140,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
19Auburn University - Montgomery(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$134,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,300
Grad Rate22%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
20University of North Alabama (UNA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$130,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,100
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,900
21Birmingham Southern College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$126,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
22Huntingdon College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$114,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
23University of North Alabama (UNA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,900
24University of Mobile(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$82,400
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
25Auburn University - Montgomery(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$81,800
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate22%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
26Judson College - Marion, AL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$51,900
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
27Faulkner University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$50,300
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
28University of West Alabama(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$38,300
Total 4 Year Cost$74,100
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
29Spring Hill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,500
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
30Alabama State University (ASU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$34,500
Total 4 Year Cost$72,400
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500

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

Whether you're thinking about spending your collegiate years in Alabama because of its natural beauty, culture or even it's fascinating history, you can use PayScale's data to research the perfect Alabama college with the highest return on your tuition dollars.

The University of Alabama - Huntsville frequently lands near the tops of our list for the best value colleges in the state of Alabama. UAH was founded in 1961, and the public university has consistently ranked among the top Alabama schools in past PayScale reports. At UAH, you can choose from 83 degree programs, including 38 bachelors, 29 Masters, and 16 PhD programs. Because of Huntsville's recent economic growth in technology, UAH has become best known for its engineering and science programs. You might be surprised to find out that UAH is a Space Grant university, and scientists at UAH managed the very first commercial, non-government rocket programs in the US.

In general, public colleges tend to be large and are not the best fit for everyone. If you have your heart set on attending a private school in Alabama, Tuskegee University is an excellent choice compared to other private colleges in Alabama. Tuskegee University was the first historically black college to offer an accredited BS degree in aerospace engineering.

The majority of Alabama institutions that made our list for best value colleges are public. Despite its cost, Auburn University is a worthwhile option to consider. Auburn has a student population of around 25,000 and is best known for its programs in pharmacy and veterinary science. The school is even credited with offering the first interior architecture degree program.

Whatever college you decide to attend, going to school in the state of Alabama ensures you will get a great education, a low cost of living and a true, southern experience. Bonus points if you're a sports buff. The University of Alabama boasts the Crimson Tide football team, perhaps one of the most well-known college football teams in the US. If you're heading to Bryant-Denny stadium to catch the Crimson Tide in action, you can expect to hang out with over 100.000 other fans. If you have problems with crowds, Auburn University Tigers bring in a smaller mass; only about 80,000 fans per game.