# 2022 best colleges in Louisiana

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.

#### Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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}: + $10,864

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.

#### Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, Louisiana

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}: + $2,898

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 New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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}: + $560

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.

#### Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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}: + $7,612

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

#### Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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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}: + $3,075

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

#### University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

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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}: - $4,638

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

#### McNeese State University

Lake Charles, Louisiana

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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}: - $2,977

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

#### Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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}: + $2,805

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

#### Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana

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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}: - $3,736

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

#### University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

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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}: - $3,592

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

#### Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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}: + $11,057

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

#### Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

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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}: + $1,656

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

#### Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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}: - $8,928

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

#### Saint Joseph Seminary College

St. Benedict, Louisiana

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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}: - $2,069

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

#### Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

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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}: - $11,981

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

#### Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana

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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}: - $3,475

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

#### University of Holy Cross

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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}: + $3,652

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

#### Louisiana College

Pineville, Louisiana

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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}: - $2,531

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

#### Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

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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}: - $3,840

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

#### Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, Louisiana

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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}: - $4,426

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