Affordable Colleges for your Child to Consider | Reader's Digest

Affordable Colleges for your Child to Consider

These colleges are lower in cost, student centered, led by idealists, and have good core values.

from Reader's Digest | September 2011

Dreifus, a New York Times writer and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Hacker, a veteran political science professor at Queens College in New York, spent three years interviewing faculty, students, and administrators and crunching statistics for their book, Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — And What We Can Do About It. Find out why extremely expensive colleges aren’t really worth it.

Plus, the authors recommend schools that are lower in cost, student centered, led by idealists, and have good core values. Here are some they like:

  • University of Mississippi
  • Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey
  • Cooper Union, New York
  • Berea College, Kentucky
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Western Oregon University
  • Evergreen State College, Washington
  • New College of Florida
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Quest University, Canada
  • Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York
  • Any of the 26 public liberal arts colleges nationwide
  • Your Comments

    • SG

      The University of Mississippi is a great American university.

    • Hi_tanya

      Arizona state!!? I am an alumni and let me tell you they are very interested in money. During interships I had to pay for all 9 credit hours irrespective of whether I could attend or not. Since I was interning in CA I could only take online courses. This was not only more expensive than on-site classes, there was also this stupid rule that only 1 course can be an online course for full-time students. So I ended up paying more for 1 course + paid for 6 credits without taking classes. Any other school I have come cross just take 1-3 credits tuition if you are not attending classes that sem.