# 2022 best colleges in Illinois

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $26,702

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $35,196

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $32,845

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $31,893

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $14,943

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $14,661

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $9,153

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Illinois Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $4,910

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $11,069

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $22,129

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $17,052

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,834

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $11,346

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,959

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $18,652

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $10,620

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $14,184

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,944

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,154

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,955

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.