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‘Best Value’ Colleges: Some Have High Price Tags

By Mary Beth Marklein

The latest list of America’s “best value” colleges includes several with the highest sticker prices in the nation, according to a new ranking released Monday.

Among the schools with large tuitions that are nonetheless considered top-value colleges are Williams and Swarthmore, according to The Princeton Review’s annual list of best value schools. The list is considered a guide for prospective college applicants to seek out the best value for their money.

“We’re very quick to say it can’t just be a low sticker price,” Best Value Colleges lead author Robert Franek says. “The commitment has to be much deeper than that.”

The key issue is whether institutions can keep costs down while raising the quality of their education, says John Roush, president of Centre College in Danville, Ky., one of 150 schools listed in the guide, released exclusively to USA TODAY.

Continued at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-02-07/princeton-review-best-value-colleges-2012/52991578/1

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