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10 Colleges with the Highest ROI


Mar 6, 2015
With all the media attention on the student loan debt crisis and how universities continuously hike tuition, we have to ask: Which schools are worth the outrageous sticker price of about $200,000? According to PayScale.com's annual survey of colleges with the highest return on investment (ROI), Harvey Mudd College tops the list with a 20-year net ROI of $985,300. PayScale.com’s data is pulled from 1.4 million pay reports from persons who obtained bachelor's degrees in the last 20 years. For more on the methodology, click here. Check out who made the cut below: Harvey Mudd College 2014 cost: $237,700 20-year net ROI: $985,300 Graduation Rate: 91% California Institute of Technology 2014 cost: $221,600 20-year net ROI: $901,400 Graduation Rate: 93% Stevens [...]
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