Most affordable U.S. colleges 2012, showing attendance cost

This statistic shows a ranking of the most affordable colleges in the United States as of 2012. To calculate the ranking the Daily Beast considered average student debt, total cost for tuition and general living expenses, average amount of financial aid received by students and average income earned by graduates in their future careers. In this graphic the average in-state attendance cost is depicted. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the university ranked as the most affordable, total attendance cost is on average 55,270 U.S. dollars.

Most affordable colleges in the United States in 2012, showing attendance cost

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Release date

August 2012


United States

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Supplementary notes

All attendance costs were calculated from the in-state tuition fee rate apart from Louisiana Tech University in position 25 which was calculated from the out-of-state cost as stated.

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