Best Value Colleges in Massachusetts

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16University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$415,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
17College of the Holy Cross(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$411,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,300
18Amherst College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$396,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
19Boston University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$394,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,900
20Brandeis University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$362,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
21 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$355,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
21 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$355,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
23Stonehill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
24Western New England College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$321,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,700
25Eastern Nazarene College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
26University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
27Merrimack College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$44,400
28Technical Career Institute - Miami, FL(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$284,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
29 (tie)Fitchburg State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$279,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,400
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
29 (tie)Worcester State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$279,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,200
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800

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

PayScale can help you narrow down the very long list of possibilities that you have to choose from with our college ROI data. By treating tuition like any other investment, we use our salary database to calculate the best value colleges in Massachusetts so that you can determine if a particular school is a good investment.

Massachusetts is home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which, located in Cambridge, is world famous for its science, engineering, technology, math and design programs. Attending MIT isn't exactly cheap, but the school is the optimal choice for students who are interested in engineering, management, science, digital arts and technology. If you attend MIT, you'll join an impressive list of alumni including Buzz Aldrin, Kofi Annan, Ben Bernanke, Benjamin Netanyahu and Tom Scholz. Surprisingly, movie star Will Smith is also an MIT alum.

Another educational institution that provides students with a high ROI is Babson College, located in Wellesley. Babson may not be the most well-known of Massachusetts colleges, but if you are interested in an undergraduate business degree, Babson, which also topped Money Magazine's Best Colleges for Your Money ranking in 2014, is an excellent choice. Many notable people graduated from Babson College, and two of them come from some of the most prominent families in the auto industry; alum Akio Toyoda is currently President and CEO of the Toyota Motor Corporation, and alum Edsel Ford II is the Director of the Ford Motor Company. This list also includes world-renowned athletes, including Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandra Raisman and former NFL player Matt Chatham.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is another excellent educational value for students interested in an engineering or technical career. Worcester Polytechnic Institute has a distinguished list of graduates that includes Elwood Haynes, William Hobbs, Kotaro Shimomura, John Woodman Higgins and Robert H. Goddard.

Probably the most famous school in Massachusetts is Harvard University. This Ivy League academic powerhouse produces alumni who earn a wide variety of degrees beyond STEM, with a big focus on liberal arts subjects, humanities, social sciences, and more.