# Most affordable women's colleges

Check out the most affordable women's colleges in the U.S. To be included on this list, a college must demonstrate a positive return on educational investment, meaning alumni earn more than they would earn if they did not go to school. Cost data is taken from College scorecard, and is based on the median earnings of all students who received at least $1 in federal aid.

For more information on how we rank schools, check out our ranking explanation.

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**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.

#### Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas

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}: + $4,777

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.

#### Wesleyan College

Macon, Georgia

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}: - $3,828

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.

#### Converse College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

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}: - $6,176

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.

#### College of Saint Mary

Omaha, Nebraska

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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}: - $3,562

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

#### Alverno College

Milwaukee, 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}: - $4,480

*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.

#### Salem College

Winston-Salem, 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}: - $493

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

#### St Catherine University

Saint Paul, 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}: - $2,673

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

#### Agnes Scott College

Decatur, 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}: + $6,282

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

#### Hollins University

Roanoke, 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}: - $7,015

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

#### Cedar Crest College

Allentown, 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}: - $899

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

#### Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

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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}: - $1,227

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

#### Mills College

Oakland, 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}: + $7,915

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

#### Bay Path University

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

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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}: - $23,961

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

#### Stephens College

Columbia, Missouri

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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}: - $9,286

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

#### Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, Maryland

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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}: - $3,378

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

#### Meredith College

Raleigh, 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}: + $1,575

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

#### Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, Indiana

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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}: + $11,010

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

#### Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, 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}: + $5,441

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

#### College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, 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}: + $1,091

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