Being well-rounded. Thinking critically. Life experience.

These are all good reasons to go to college, online or traditional. But, with college costs climbing, parents and students are fully justified in questioning if all that money is a good investment, more than just a glorified summer camp. But how do you put a dollar figure on the value of a college education?

With their 2013 College Education ROI rankings, Payscale.com calculated the value of a college degree based on the 30-year earnings of graduates from over 1,000 of the nation’s most well known colleges and universities. If you put this number side by side with the cost to attend each school, you get a pretty quick picture of which colleges really deliver value and which ones need work. To help you visualize this, we’ve put together the infographic below.

[NOTE: Low cost and high return is the best place to be. High cost and low return? Not so much.]

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College and universities (total costs; net 30-year ROI)
Harvey Mudd College $221,700.00 $2,113,000.00
Cal Tech $213,000.00 $1,991,000.00
Berkeley College–NY $153,400.00 $1,067,000.00
Georgia Tech $87,030.00 $1,389,000.00
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology $85,830.00 $1,228,000.00
Massachusetts Maritime Academy $96,380.00 $1,316,000.00
Stony Brook University $82,620.00 $1,023,000.00
BYU $77,820.00 $982,000.00
Texas A&M University $88,920.00 $1,057,000.00
Virginia Tech $91,790.00 $1,037,000.00
North Carolina State University $78,100.00 $832,600.00
University of Washington $91,370.00 $904,300.00
Cal Berkeley $125,100.00 $1,182,000.00
University of Maryland–Baltimore $100,500.00 $930,200.00
Iowa State University $83,550.00 $745,000.00
University of Alaska–Anchorage $81,850.00 $728,000.00
University of Idaho $84,280.00 $730,400.00
UConn $100,100.00 $833,800.00
Prairie View A&M University $85,870.00 $693,200.00
East Central Unviersity–Ada, OK $68,020.00 $531,300.00
Tennessee Technological University $85,100.00 $683,400.00
Cal State–Long Beach $95,400.00 $721,500.00
University of Utah $94,010.00 $733,300.00
American University $205,400.00 $769,900.00
UCLA $213,600.00 $797,100.00
University of Portland $186,800.00 $684,400.00
Syracuse University $209,900.00 $653,500.00
Harvard University $218,200.00 $1,334,000.00
Xavier University $171,000.00 $503,000.00
Hastings College $134,700.00 $318,800.00
Marshall University $111,200.00 $234,400.00
Southern Wesleyan University $130,300.00 $281,900.00
SUNY–Buffalo $110,700.00 $166,900.00
Southern Oregon University $150,600.00 $152,500.00
Savannah College of Art and Design $185,800.00 $130,900.00
College of the Ozarks $35,480.00 $88,900.00
Lourdes College $51,320.00 $280,500.00
Northeastern State University $59,850.00 $220,200.00
Arkansas State University $64,810.00 $216,400.00
Wichita State University $71,930.00 $524,700.00
West Virginia State University $74,810.00 $253,700.00
University of North Carolina–Charlotte $75,400.00 $565,600.00
Indiana State University $127,100.00 $243,200.00
Boise State University $128,800.00 $472,800.00
Grand Canyon University $134,600.00 $589,500.00
DeVry University–Phoenix $135,500.00 $833,400.00
Academy of Art University $178,800.00 $713,000.00
University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff $77,100.00 $4,547.00
University of Phoenix $161,900.00 $620,600.00
Faulkner University $118,900.00 $15,190.00


Source: http://www.payscale.com/college-education-value-2013

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