Three Delco Schools Rate Well Among Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money

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Swarthmore is among Money magazine’s Top 40 Best Colleges for Your Money, while two more Delaware County schools qualified for the Top 200.

To help students and parents determine which higher education institutions provide the biggest bang for their buck, Money consulted some of the country’s top experts on quality of education, financing, and value.


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Exactly 711 schools made the cut and have been ranked on 27 metrics in three categories:

  • Quality of Education
  • Affordability
  • Outcomes

Swarthmore College checked in at No. 37, with an average cost of $68,700 without aid for the current school year and around $23,300 with a grant. According to the analysis, 100 percent of those who qualify for financial aid receive a grant.

Villanova University is in 136th place at $67,500 or on average $34,200 with a grant. This option is available to 91 percent of the applicants who qualify for it.

Not far behind is Haverford College in 152nd place at $71,700 for full cost or around $22,700 with a grant.

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