The Fiske Guide to Colleges named 38 schools as "best buy" colleges for 2018.
Fiske ranks colleges based on their commitment to provide what Abigail Summerville of CNBC calls "reasonable" tuition.
Edward Fiske, the author of the Fiske Guide and former education editor at the New York Times, systematically reviews over 300 private and public colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, according to the website College Countdown. He places each one in either an inexpensive or moderate category based on in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees.
Fiske says parents are more savvy to the financial aid process now. But he wants parents to keep in mind that the tuition listed on a college's website, the sticker price, isn't necessarily what they will be paying.
Here are the public and private 'Best Buy' colleges and universities, according to Fiske:
Arizona State University
Evergreen State College
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of Maryland
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
New College of Florida
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University
University of Oregon
SUNY-University at Buffalo
SUNY-College at Geneseo
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Brigham Young University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Florida Southern College
Mount Holyoke College
Olin College of Engineering
University of St. Andrews
St. Olaf College
University of the South (Sewanee)
Warren Wilson College
Wheaton College (IL)
Xavier University of Louisiana
(Summerville, CNBC, 7/11; College Countdown report, accessed 7/11; Laundry, Bostonian, 7/3).
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