It’s that time of year again, when madness overtakes March. But forget the basketball.
What parents and graduating high school seniors really want to know is: Which schools offer the best value when it comes to striking a tuition check?
You can’t always tell the best value by a college’s published tuition and fees. An analysis performed by Nitro using publically available data, found that on average, schools in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament use scholarships and other financial aid to “discount” their advertised price by 40 percent.
Nitro played out the entire64 team tournamentto determine the best value in college championship basketball. What we found was pretty eye opening.
On April 1 teams from the University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Oregon and Gonzaga University will face off in the semi-finals and finals of the basketball championship. Here we pit the last four schools against one another. Which school will be crowned “Champion for Best Value” in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament?
Here we reset our bracket, pitting the final 16 schools against one another. Which one will prove to offer the lowest net cost of college and the best value?
Here is a list of the schools in the playoffs, from the lowest net cost to the highest. Note that Wichita State, even though it is the third most affordable college in this year’s playoffs, got knocked off in the second round by Northern Kentucky, the eventual winner.
Jon is a writer and marketer for Nitro who is passionate about bringing transparency to the student loan process along with providing families with the information needed to make smart financial decisions. He also just recently refinanced his student loans allowing him to pay them off 5 years faster all while saving an additional $152/month. As he continues to pay them off himself, he strives to help others do the same. Jon also has a long history of connecting people with educational opportunities to help them improve their careers and their overall personal finances. In his free time you can find him reading travel blogs and researching destinations around the world in search of his next adventure. Read more by Jon O'Donnell