Affordable Four-Year Schools with Good Outcomes

These four-year public colleges offer their students an affordable higher education, with relatively high salaries. As students weigh the costs and benefits of higher education, it’s especially important to find schools that can offer them the best possible outcomes. For students looking for a high return on investment, these institutions may offer good opportunities.

College State Average Net Price Typical Earnings 
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California $11,085 $50,700
California State University-East Bay California $10,340 $51,200
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York $6,841 $54,900
CUNY Queens College New York $5,998 $47,500
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia $10,994 $74,500
Iowa State University Iowa $14,100 $47,800
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico $11,451 $54,300
San Diego State University California $12,567 $47,400
San Jose State University California $12,862 $53,700
Stony Brook University New York $13,519 $55,000
Texas A & M University-College Station Texas $11,315 $53,900
The University of Texas at Dallas Texas $12,050 $49,700
United States Merchant Marine Academy New York $5,538 $82,000
University of Baltimore Maryland $14,180 $56,500
University of California-Berkeley California $13,707 $60,800
University of California-Irvine California $12,771 $54,500
University of California-Los Angeles California $13,399 $59,600
University of California-San Diego California $14,136 $59,000
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado $13,774 $57,400
University of Florida Florida $11,778 $51,100
University of Houston Texas $13,028 $48,900
University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois $13,811 $51,100
University of Maryland-University College Maryland $10,558 $49,900
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina $13,243 $51,000
University of Utah Utah $13,874 $49,500
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Washington $13,566 $53,700

Note: These data include only public institutions identified as predominantly four-year institutions by the College Scorecard. In addition, calculations exclude institutions with fewer than 500 undergraduate degree-seeking students enrolled. The list is constructed of the remaining public four-year institutions that fall in the top 25 percent of all predominantly four-year institutions for median earnings 10 years after beginning enrollment and for low net price. Typical earnings reflect the median earnings of federal financial aid recipients 10 years after they first enrolled at the institution. Net price reflects the sticker price, less any grant or scholarship aid, for all federal financial aid recipients at the school. Percentile calculations are derived using institutions’ Unitid as the unit of analysis. List includes only institutions also featured in College Navigator and excludes institutions that are not main campus locations.