# Most affordable liberal arts schools

While cost may not be the deciding factor when choosing a liberal arts school, it remains an important consideration that can significantly affect your future finances. Here we rank the most affordable schools currently on the market with the help of our impartial methodology. Find the school that is right for you.

**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.

#### Berea College

Berea, Kentucky

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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}: - $5,986

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

#### New College of Florida

Sarasota, Florida

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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}: - $727

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

#### The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Wise, Virginia

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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}: - $1,929

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

#### Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

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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}: - $14,956

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

#### Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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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}: - $1,351

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

#### Wesleyan College

Macon, Georgia

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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}: - $3,828

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

#### University of Minnesota-Morris

Morris, Minnesota

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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}: - $7,903

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

#### Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin

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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}: - $1,576

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

#### University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

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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}: - $44

*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 Hampshire at Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

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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}: + $2,460

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

#### Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California

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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}: - $2,486

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

#### Lyon College

Batesville, Arkansas

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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}: + $660

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

#### Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida

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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}: + $1,068

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

#### Blackburn College

Carlinville, 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}: - $6,266

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

#### Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

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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}: - $7,838

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

#### Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

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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}: - $14,655

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

#### Illinois College

Jacksonville, 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}: + $1,673

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

#### Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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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}: + $1,965

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

#### Albion College

Albion, Michigan

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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}: + $10,746

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

#### Judson College

Marion, Alabama

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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}: - $13,794

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