Best Value Colleges in Arizona

Students and their families can find important information about the return on investment for a variety of schools in the Arizona College ROI rankings.

Read more

FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT YOU SHOULD BE PAID

Rank
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
16.8%6.8%9.1%9.1%$529,000$529,000$594,000$594,000$192,000$192,00063%5$51,10024%
1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott(Private)
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$529,000
20 Year Net ROI$529,000
20 Year Net ROI$594,000
20 Year Net ROI$594,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$51,100
Grant Money Received24%
28.6%8.0%10.9%10.0%$431,000$419,000$467,000$455,000$103,000$115,00060%4$27,40026%
2University of Arizona(In-State)
Annual ROI8.6%
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
20 Year Net ROI$419,000
20 Year Net ROI$467,000
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,400
Grant Money Received26%
38.4%8.5%11.6%11.7%$406,000$407,000$450,000$451,000$100,000$99,00067%4$25,90026%
3Arizona State University-Tempe(In-State)
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI11.6%
Annual ROI11.7%
20 Year Net ROI$406,000
20 Year Net ROI$407,000
20 Year Net ROI$450,000
20 Year Net ROI$451,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,900
Grant Money Received26%
45.5%5.2%6.7%6.2%$351,000$339,000$388,000$375,000$183,000$195,00060%4$27,40026%
4University of Arizona(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI5.2%
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROI6.2%
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
20 Year Net ROI$388,000
20 Year Net ROI$375,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,400
Grant Money Received26%
55.9%6.0%7.6%7.7%$346,000$348,000$390,000$391,000$160,000$159,00067%4$25,90026%
5Arizona State University-Tempe(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI6.0%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI7.7%
20 Year Net ROI$346,000
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
20 Year Net ROI$390,000
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,900
Grant Money Received26%
66.6%6.6%9.1%9.1%$254,000$255,000$291,000$292,000$99,400$98,80053%4$24,50036%
6Northern Arizona University(In-State)
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
20 Year Net ROI$255,000
20 Year Net ROI$291,000
20 Year Net ROI$292,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,400
Total 4 Year Cost$98,800
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,500
Grant Money Received36%
74.4%4.4%5.8%5.9%$203,000$204,000$240,000$241,000$151,000$150,00053%4$24,50036%
7Northern Arizona University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI4.4%
Annual ROI4.4%
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROI5.9%
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
20 Year Net ROI$204,000
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
20 Year Net ROI$241,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,500
Grant Money Received36%
8-0.4%0.0%1.9%2.6%-$11,900$500$46,600$58,900$161,000$148,00031%4$34,30043%
8Prescott College(Private)
Annual ROI-0.4%
Annual ROI0.0%
Annual ROI1.9%
Annual ROI2.6%
20 Year Net ROI-$11,900
20 Year Net ROI$500
20 Year Net ROI$46,600
20 Year Net ROI$58,900
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,300
Grant Money Received43%

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

Students who want to join top-flight athletics programs or study in exciting technical fields will find high-value programs in Arizona that meet their needs. Of course, students also enjoy the rugged, desert beauty of the state that calls itself home to the Grand Canyon.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University often lands among the top schools for Arizona colleges when it comes to return on investment. Perhaps you wonder why alumni of Embry-Riddle earn such a high return on investment. High returns are largely because the school is regarded as one of the best for students who want to pursue careers in security and intelligence, space, engineering, aviation and applied sciences. Business leaders and government agencies love to hire alums of this prestigious university. Embry-Riddle is a private university and also has a campus in Daytona, Florida.

Students who want to study a diverse array of fields and catch the best in collegiate sports can also choose to attend University of Arizona, home of the Wildcats. Arizona’s first university (founded in 1885), U of A is also Arizona’s only member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of North America’s premier research institutions. The school is home to many notable alumni including Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney, singer Linda Ronstadt, film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, author Barbara Kingsolver, actor Greg Kinnear and several NASA astronauts.

Arizona schools offer everything from rigorous academic programs to exciting sporting events to great extracurricular activities. If you’re considering studying in Arizona, take a look at PayScale’s College ROI Report to get essential information about how you can realize the greatest return for your investment in higher education.


Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of

WHAT AM I WORTH?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.

Get Your Pay Report

WHAT AM I WORTH?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.