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These top colleges are worth the investment
http://www.savingforcollege.com/articles/these-top-colleges-are-worth-the-investment-1076

Posted: 2017-07-13

by Kathryn Flynn

Which colleges give students the biggest bank for their buck? Money magazine recently released its 2017 list of best colleges for the price, based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Many students who attend these schools receive need-based grants to help cover some of the costs, but even after financial aid some are still left paying over $17,000 a year for tuition. If you're considering one of these colleges for your child, you can start saving in a tax-advantaged 529 plan to help reduce the amount they'll have to borrow later.

Most 529 plans are state-sponsored, but that doesn't mean your limited to using your home state's plan. Some states do offer an additional breaks for residents, but that shouldn't be your only consideration for selecting a plan. You'll want to find the best combination of investments and low fees to suit your family's needs. Compare 529 plans here.

Here's a list of the 10 best value colleges, and some of the 529 plan options available.

View the full list here.

ivy league

#10 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Estimated price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $65,000

529 plans:

U.Fund College Investing Plan Enroll Now

#9 University of California-Davis

Davis, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $18,200

Early career earnings: $53,000

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Estimated price with average grant: $23,400

Early career earnings: $77,000

529 plans:

U.Fund College Investing Plan Enroll Now

Private College 529 Enroll Now

university-of-california-at-irvine

#7 University of California - Irvine

Irvine, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $15,800

Early career earnings: $52,000

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#5 (tie) Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $20,800

Early career earnings: $70,300

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

Private College 529 Enroll Now

#5 (tie) University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $14,900

Early career earnings: $53,300

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#4 University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $17,900

Early career earnings: $62,100

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#3 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Estimated price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $61,200

529 plans:

Michigan Education Savings Program Enroll Now

MI 529 Advisor Plan Find a 529 Pro

#2 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, NY

Estimated price with average grant: $9,800

Early career earnings: $51,600

529 plans:

New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan Enroll Now

New York's Advisor-Guided College Savings Plan Find a 529 Pro

#1 Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Estimated price with average grant: $19,300

Early career earnings: $67,600

529 plans:

NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan Enroll Now

Franklin Templeton 529 College Savings Plan Find a 529 Pro

Private College 529 Enroll Now

Which colleges give students the biggest bank for their buck? Money magazine recently released its 2017 list of best colleges for the price, based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Many students who attend these schools receive need-based grants to help cover some of the costs, but even after financial aid some are still left paying over $17,000 a year for tuition. If you're considering one of these colleges for your child, you can start saving in a tax-advantaged 529 plan to help reduce the amount they'll have to borrow later.

Most 529 plans are state-sponsored, but that doesn't mean your limited to using your home state's plan. Some states do offer an additional breaks for residents, but that shouldn't be your only consideration for selecting a plan. You'll want to find the best combination of investments and low fees to suit your family's needs. Compare 529 plans here.

Here's a list of the 10 best value colleges, and some of the 529 plan options available.

View the full list here.

ivy league

#10 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Estimated price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $65,000

529 plans:

U.Fund College Investing Plan Enroll Now

#9 University of California-Davis

Davis, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $18,200

Early career earnings: $53,000

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Estimated price with average grant: $23,400

Early career earnings: $77,000

529 plans:

U.Fund College Investing Plan Enroll Now

Private College 529 Enroll Now

university-of-california-at-irvine

#7 University of California - Irvine

Irvine, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $15,800

Early career earnings: $52,000

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#5 (tie) Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $20,800

Early career earnings: $70,300

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

Private College 529 Enroll Now

#5 (tie) University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $14,900

Early career earnings: $53,300

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#4 University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Estimated price with average grant: $17,900

Early career earnings: $62,100

529 plans:

The ScholarShare College Savings Plan Enroll Now

#3 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Estimated price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $61,200

529 plans:

Michigan Education Savings Program Enroll Now

MI 529 Advisor Plan Find a 529 Pro

#2 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, NY

Estimated price with average grant: $9,800

Early career earnings: $51,600

529 plans:

New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan Enroll Now

New York's Advisor-Guided College Savings Plan Find a 529 Pro

#1 Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Estimated price with average grant: $19,300

Early career earnings: $67,600

529 plans:

NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan Enroll Now

Franklin Templeton 529 College Savings Plan Find a 529 Pro

Private College 529 Enroll Now

 

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