Best Value Colleges in Kansas

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1Kansas State University (KSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$410,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,700
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
2Ottawa University - Ottawa, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
3Kansas State University (KSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
4University of Kansas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$344,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,500
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
5Southwestern College - Winfield, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$337,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
6University of Kansas(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
7Pittsburg State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
Total 4 Year Cost$67,300
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
8Wichita State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$244,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,500
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
9Pittsburg State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$217,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
10Wichita State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
11Midamerica Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$201,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
12Fort Hays State University (FHSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$199,000
Total 4 Year Cost$65,100
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
13Friends University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$196,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
14Washburn University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$174,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,200
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
15 (tie)Baker University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$170,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800

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

If you are a student, you need to find an educational institution that will provide you with a quality education at a price that you can afford. The degree you earn should also entitle you to a salary that is higher than if you hadn't attended college.

The best value colleges in Kansas offer you the highest net 20-year ROI. This number is the sum of money that you can expect to have earned 20 years after graduating from the school minus the cost of attending and the amount you would have earned if you only held a high school degree. If you plan to attend Kansas State University, for example, this would be a very wise choice because this school made it to the top of our list with a net 20-year ROI of $410,000. In-state tuition at Kansas State University is equal to $83,700, and this makes attending this school an even more attractive option.

The out-of-state tuition is higher at $134,000, but it would still be worth it to attend Kansas State University if your heart is set on it. This same school is number three on our list of best value colleges in Kansas for out-of-state tuition with a net 20-year ROI of $360,000.

The private Ottawa University earned the second spot in our Kansas college ROI report rankings. The net 20-year ROI for this educational institution is equal to $401,000. This figure is very close to our top entry, but students pay considerably more with in-state tuition at $143,000.

Students at Ottawa University receive several forms of financial aid to help reduce their costs. On average, students obtain $17,200 in grants each year, and 38 percent of the student population receives Pell Grant money. The graduation rate for first-time, full-time students is low - just 31 percent - so that's an area to ask about if you're interested in attending the school.