April 15, 2013
MSU Denver listed among ‘most affordable’ schools
Last month, a study provided information that can be used to gauge the value of the education provided by MSU Denver and other schools. This month, the University appears on a list of the “Most Affordable Large Public Colleges.”
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) puts in-state tuition and fees for MSU Denver at $3,809. That amount is well below the two other large Colorado schools on the list: the University of Colorado, Boulder ($7,672) and Colorado State University ($6,307).
AffordableCollegesOnline.org says it focuses on providing prospective students with information about affordable college options, financial aid and cost-saving ideas.
“There are a slew of rankings and lists that promote the most expensive colleges,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “Our lists look at value colleges that also provide an excellent education. These schools are much more affordable for a wider base of students. In a time when the cost of college continues to skyrocket and student debt balloons, it is important to promote more affordable options.”
The company, which provides information about affordable colleges options, financial aid and cost-saving ideas, says its most affordable list was compiled after reviewing data provided by the federal government (NCES, IPEDS) and the Carnegie Foundation. Additional criteria for inclusion on the list include college/university size (25,000 – 80,000 students); tuition (less than $15,500) and school characteristics (4-year, public, nonprofit).
In March, College Measures and the Colorado Department of Higher Education released a report, “Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates from Colorado’s Colleges and Universities Working in Colorado.”
The report showed that the median, first-year earnings for an MSU Denver student with a bachelor’s degree was $38,547 compared to $36,777 for a CSU grad, $37,735 for a CU Boulder grad and $39,143 for a DU grad.
“When you combine that earnings potential with our tuition rate—which is the lowest tuition among the state’s largest universities—you can see the educational value we offer,” MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan said at the time. “We should be proud that we’re the best value for a high-quality education in the state.”
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