The financial crisis has many people concerned, not the least those who have students about to enter college in the next year. Kiplinger Magazine has just published their latest rankings at Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges for 2008-2009.
The colleges listed have a wide range of admission difficult from very selective to not very selective. The ratings list the cost of the colleges for both in-state and out-state students. Also listed is such helpful information as the four year graduation rate of the colleges and their average debt at graduation.
As always I am not a huge fan of ranking colleges but this resource does have some very good information to start the evaluation of what a college might cost a family. I say start, because the stated cost of the college is only the beginning point for determining what a college will cost your family. For further information on determing the cost of a college for you family look at my article on financial aid basics.