TODAY | January 28, 2014
>>> hope our kids will go to a good college, but there's one big concern, of course, the rise in costs of higher education .
>> absolutely. since 2009 , the princeton review has been compiling its analyst of the best value colleges with " usa today " and they're out with their 2014 list and today with us is rob, of course, the author of this. good to see you, rob.
>> good to be back. thank you.
>> i think we should rebrand this segment, schools i didn't get into. these are really good schools but also good values. let's start right in on the public colleges . uva, the university of virginia . great school.
>> well deserved, number three on our best colleges for our public school list. when we think about it from a financial aid perspective $22,100 minus that bringing it down to $4,600 for an in- state student.
>> and again, that's if you're from virginia.
>> correct. correct.
>> pricier out of state .
>> but it does give out scholarship for in state as well as out of state students.
>> next up, number two, new college out of sarasota, florida.
>> it's the honor college of the entire florida state system. only 800 kids, looks like a liberal arts school, but it has the price tag of a public school without question. $15,600 minus $9,800.
>> let's look at your number one best value public college goes to the university of north carolina at chaplain hill.
>> it's a fabulous school academically. one of the oldest public ivies , 1795 , but it is a smoking value when we think of it as $3,900 on average for an in- state student. and the survey, chaplain hill is my narnia. this is happy academically and financially.
>> great place.
>> and now we're going to switch to private colleges. number three, pennsylvania.
>> 15 miles outside centre city. small school , 1,500 kids, but $57,800. but here's the thing, lots of kids might cross them off their lists but it's tragically flawed because they're giving out $37,700 in free money bringing it down to that $20,000 mark.
>> now, number two on your list is a name i wouldn't expect to hear on this. harvard , with think it's hard to get into, very expensive and everything else that comes with harvard , but they do well with financial aid .
>> absolutely. 6,600 kids at harvard , all renaissance snunts, but $53,500 sticker price. but free money , $44,000 they're giving out bringing that right around that $9,500 mark.
>> i'm still stuck on the $53,000 without the add-ons to help you out.
>> and tuition, room and board, fees, books, the total cost of what you could expect to pay.
>> and number one, williams college in massachusetts. if you can get in.
>> if you can get in --
>> tougher to get.
>> it is 14% admit rate, acceptance rate. and when you think of that, it is a superlative place. 2,000 kids, huge college endowment, they put a lot toward aid, $59,000 sticker price, $39,600 in free aid bringing it right around the $19,000 mark. they have a dance on campus called the nbc.
>> do they?
>> you know what it stands for?
>> nothing but cutis.
>> i was thinking nothing but cash.
>> that's a good place to end. matt's got the purple cow .
>> got to have a sense of humor.
>> a couple other surprises on the list, lesser known schools, truman state university came in at number nine.
>> the harvard of the midwest. it is such a value. really one of the gems of the 150 schools we put in best value colleges. not a lot of people know about it. great value academically and smoking value financially for in- state as well as out of state .
>> and cooper union also one of the things that caught your eye.
>> right down in little east village not far from where we are now. 800 kids, architecture, engineering program, half tuition scholarships for all the students coming in. great financial aid , think about merit based as well as academic based scholarships based on your high school test scores and gpa.
>> you've got to get it together.
>> what i've got to start doing, saving.
>> all right. thank you very much. and for more information,